Welcome to Hastings Early Music Festival:
‘Sound of Times’


Now in its fifth year, the festival returns in October bringing international performers to Hastings for concerts at Kino Teatr.  Sound of Times traces music back through time from Schubert and Beethoven to Rameau and Purcell . The Festival aims to venture beyond traditional classical music boundaries, bridging the gap between audiences and performers through ‘Artists in Conversation’. This is where we explore the composers world and performers working process, giving insight into how this music has stood the test of time.


Since the Festival launched, we have been going from strength to strength, featuring renowned vocal ensembles The Sixteen (2018) and I Fagiolini (2019), alongside virtuosic instrumental performances from the Festival Baroque ensemble. This ensemble features musicians from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner and Glyndebourne. All players enjoy international performing careers and regularly appear at the Proms, Royal Opera House and on BBC Radio 3. 


Chamber music also plays a prominent part in the Festival with the Sunday afternoon concert at the Kino Teatr. This has hosted performances from The Telling, soprano Kirsty Hopkins with the Rautio Piano Trio, BBC New Generation Artists the Consone Quartet, oboist Leo Duarte, cellist Gavin Kibble, and violists Robin Ashwell and Oliver Wilson. All this has firmly established Hastings Early Music Festival as an event recognised for its original and dynamic programming featuring high calibre artists.


The 2020 festival managing to take place at Kino Teatr during a brief time when some performances could safely happen. We are delighted to be bringing live music back this year and to be presenting more concerts and events over three days. If you would like to become more closely involved with the Festival, our Friends & Patrons scheme invites you to join and support us in return for a variety of benefits. These include meeting the artists, personalised ticket booking, reserved seating and exclusive events, open rehearsals. 


We look forward to welcoming you to Hastings Early Music Festival 2021!


Artistic Director, Jane Gordon

Jane has an international career as a performer and has toured major concert venues throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. With a passion for historically informed performance, she has appeared as a guest leader with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Bach Society, European Brandenburg Orchestra, Casa da Musica (Portugal) and Korean National Opera. She is currently a member of the English Baroque Soloists, under John Eliot Gardiner and regularly performs at Glyndebourne. In 2017 she was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her contribution to the music profession. Jane is based in St Leonards and launched the Festival in 2017.