For the first time in Europe, after the debut at the New York National Opera Center, Emma Stace Darling and Theodore Wiprud will be performing a preview of their piece.
“Girl on Fire” is a Song Cycle on its way to becoming a theatrical work.
Emma performs her poems set to music by the American Composer Theodore Wiprud.
Fairlight Hall sits at the head of a valley just to the north of Fairlight village. It is a splendid example of a Victorian neo-gothic or ‘picturesque’ mansion, although some members of Lucas Shadwell’s family were appalled by the scale and presumptuousness of its Castle-like bearing: “Mullioned and transomed windows and everywhere battlements and a profusion of chimneystacks” wrote Pevsner of the Hall. Now replete with his uncle’s inheritance, the 24-year-old Lucas-Shadwell commissioned architect John Crake (1811-1859) to design the home in 1843. Crake was a pupil at the Royal Academy School and protege of the neoclassical architect Decimus Burton. In his design of Fairlight Hall, however, he adopted a radically different approach to the architectural principles observed by his mentor. Crake designed a rock-faced, castellated building with octagonal turrets, taking his inspiration from the 14th century Great Gatehouse at neighbouring Battle Abbey.
With its recital rooms and extensive gardens, Fairlight Hall frequently hosts musical and garden events, and in September 2015 has hosted the Specialist and Continental Plant Fair.
The former coach house now serves as a recital room with an 80-seat capacity and is home to the Prizewinners’ Recital Series for the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.
£10 to include wine and nibbles
Proceeds to the Hastings International Musical Festival
For further informations and buying tickets for the upcoming event please visit Fairlight Hall website