Research Document on Early Pier Concerts

This illustration of the inside of the original Pier pavilion shows the Moorish interior with the gaudy colours that the Victorians loved, with the scene set for a musical concert.

An original excerpt from the Hastings & St Leonards Observer, August 22 1891 about the various concerts held at the Pier pavilion during the Victorian era. The article included the artists that played and how well the concerts were attended. “The Pier concerts have continued to draw large audiences, both afternoon and evening. The vocalists for the past week have been Mr. Rechab Tandy and Miss Florence Croft, who made their first appearance in Hastings. Mr. Tandy is the possessor of a powerful tenor voice, and, in addition, he sings with great feeling. Miss Croft has a sweet voice, but it is not powerful enough for the size of the pavilion.”

Hastings Pier Charity Volunteer

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