Time to Celebrate Local Music
I’m proud to represent communities as rich in heritage and culture as Hastings and Rye. From 1066 to the cutting edge of contemporary art, whatever your tastes, talents and interests, there is always something on offer for you.
For the next month we will be celebrating the vibrant music scene across Hastings and Rother. Music Month, which runs from 14 February to 17 March – Valentine’s Day to St. Patrick’s Day, will include some of our finest music events and it will look to engage as many people as possible in the wide range of venues and music genres we have in our area.
The plan to put a grand piano in the Source Park – to bring together concert pianists with BMX riders and skateboarders – is a unique and interesting way to unite two quite different skills and interests.
The Music Month initiative is the first part of a joint Hastings and Rother project to promote our area as a Music City. We certainly deserve this recognition: from the Rye International Jazz Festival and the Hastings International Musical Festival – now in its 109th year, to Fat Tuesday and the Hastings International Piano Concerto – to name just a few – we have a wealth of high quality music events, backed up by a range of top venues, to please music fans all year round.
Through the work of the Music City team I’m looking forward to as many people as possible engaging with our music sector, helping to support artists and musicians, boost our local economy and nurture talent, so our towns keep producing top acts and fantastic events for years to come.
These cultural highlights are one of the reasons why we are such a popular destination for visitors.
Despite the winter weather we’re currently seeing, we can at least look forward to the summer sun and the best our seaside has to offer. After the tragic events of last year, I’m pleased that Rother District Council’s plans to introduce a lifeguard service at Camber Sands are on track. We have some of the best beaches in the country, and miles of beautiful coastline – it is vital that these can be safely enjoyed.
As ever, this will be a year of vibrant and enjoyable events in Hastings and Rye. For information on what’s on, head to: http://www.visit1066country.com/ where you will also find a full programme for Music Month.
Amber Rudd MP
Hastings and Rye