Vocalists needed for international Fest

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Local composer and musician Otti Albietz is looking for vocalists from 16 to 30’s to form a choir for the big Clash event later this year.

Clash is part of the ROOT 1066 International Festival - a festival of contemporary arts inspired by the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and funded by Hastings Borough Council and Arts Council England.

Seven Hastings choirs are collaborating with poets/spoken word artists and composers from across the South East, to create a musical ‘tapestry’ of new choral commissions responding to the Bayeux Tapestry’s narration of the great Battle of 1066.

This oratorio is semi staged, and will be performed on Saturday September, 24 in and around the atrium of Sussex Coast College, prefaced by choirs’ singing journeys to the atrium by train and from the seafront. Radiator Arts will lead on the visuals.

There will be two performances, at 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

Poets involved include Jill Fricker, Frances Viner, Antony Mair, and Anne Rouse.

The composers are Orlando Gough, Karen Wimhurst, Frances Lynch, Kenneth Roberts, Juliet Russell, Otti Albietz and Marcio da Silva

Choirs involved include Harmony 1, Sound Waves, Hastings Philharmonic, Opera South East, Hastings Youth Choir, Hastings Calling, Vocal Explosion.

Otti is looking for vocalists to join Hastings Calling for the big September 24 performance.

He said: “I am looking for people of any experience level at all, even none, we’re all vocalists.

“Participants/vocal contributors will get to experience working with their voices in a group on a new original piece, sing in front of a large audience, and, in some parts of the oratorio, sing with 200 other singers at the same time.”

If you would like to get involved email otti8@hotmail.co.uk with the subject line ‘clash choir singer’.

As part of the Root 1066 Festival, dozens of blacksmiths from all over the country are converging on the Stade Open Space, in Hastings Old Town this weekend for a live forging event.

The blacksmiths will be at work from midday to 6pm on Friday 8, 9am to 7pm on Saturday 9, and 9am to 4pm on Sunday 10 July.

For all the latest news and information go to www.1066contemporary.com.

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