THE SUN shone on the celebration of community music which took place at The Stade as part of the nationwide Our Big Gig festival.
More than 200 singers and musicians from Hastings and St Leonards and as far afield as Lydd, Rye, Brighton and beyond took part in the event on Sunday (July 14).
With everything from a performance by Helenswood String Ensemble on the balcony of East Hastings Angling Club to a folk jam from Kyle of Minogue in a boat outside the Fishermen’s Museum, and jazz on the Jerwood Gallery balcony, as well as sets from choirs including Soundwaves, Bexhill Harmony Choir, and Sacred Heart Primary School Choir, there was a huge amount of talent and enthusiasm on show.
At a free vocal workshop, members of the public were invited to learn several songs, ahead of joining the mass sing on The Stade Open Space, which was led by Vocal Explosion choir and band, and included a large number of the afternoon’s performers.
The event’s organiser, Juliet Russell, director of Vocal Explosion, said: “We are so pleased with the response both by participants and the audiences to Sunday’s event.
“The whole idea of Our Big Gig is to promote the fantastic benefits of music making and music makers within our community.
“The standard of performances in boats and balconies all around Rock-a-Nore was really impressive.
“This truly was a community event and we were able to give all the performers and volunteers who worked so hard a fantastic cream tea at the end with the support of Judges Bakery, Morrisons, Asda and the Co-op.
“We would really like to thank everyone who supported us and was involved in this splendid day.”