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Our next event will be A Tribute to G.F. Handel—Music from his Operas, in memory of well-loved musician Robert Aldwinckle, who spent the last years of his life in Hastings, and passed away in April this year. Robert especially loved Handel’s music. He coached and mentored many young musicians at the world-class Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

Date, time and venue

7.30 pm, Saturday October 7th
Opus Theatre
24-25 Cambridge Road
Hastings TN34 1DJ
(location shown on map below).

The Opus is said to be one of the finest concert halls in the South East, in a Grade II listed building created for the best natural acoustics. The theatre’s centrepiece is its very special concert grand piano, one of the most technologically advanced instruments in the world, officially baptized as the ‘Phoenix Opus’.


Soprano Janet Forbes is an early music specialist who trained at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague and recently performed at Handel House. Mezzo-soprano Linda Grace and tenor Gary Marriott regularly perform to great acclaim in Sussex venues. Bass-baritone Stephen Holloway has worked with ENO, the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne and other prestigious companies. Guest mezzo-soprano Karen McInally will join Linda Grace to sing the beautiful duet Son Nata A Lagrimar from Giulio Cesare.

The accompanists will be Julius Weeks (organ), and Duncan Reid (Phoenix Opus grand piano and digital harpsichord).


This concert features some of Handel’s most beautiful arias and duets, including both well-loved favourites and less well-known pieces. You can see full details of the programme by visiting our page at

Look out for the Battle of the Divas! Handel employed two prima donnas who reputedly were such rivals that they tore each others wigs off on stage! Some performances were disrupted by hisses and loud cat calls by supporters of one of the star sopranos whenever the other one was singing. The result was a public scandal! While we can’t guarantee actual violence on stage, Janet Forbes and Linda Grace will be trying to outdo each other with fiendishly difficult arias towards the end of the concert, and there just may be a little cabaret too…


Tickets are now on sale and further information can be found on this page. Profits will be donated to the Parkinson’s Society.

We would like to thank the generous sponsors who have made this event possible.

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