Sun Shall Rise

Barefoot Opera Bloom Brittania performance in Hastings 2021 by Chris Parker

MSL Discover and Barefoot Opera are working on a special pop-up street performance event called Sun Shall Rise. It will take place during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend on Saturday 4th June in Hastings.

Would you like to be part of it and sing at the event?

Barefoot Opera’s Choral Director, Jenny Miller, working with professional singer and workshop specialist, Lucy Mulgan, will recruit a community choir in Hastings and rehearsals will take place during May.

If you are interested, you’ll need to commit to some rehearsals as well as to the performances over the Jubilee weekend. The rehearsals will be held on the following dates at St. John’s Church, Pevensey Road, St. Leonards on:

  • Thursday 12th May (Approx. 6-7pm)
  • Thursday 19th May (Approx. 6-7pm)
  • Thursday 26th May (Approx. 6-7pm)

And in Hastings town centre on:

  • Friday 3rd June (Approx. 5-6pm)

For more information on being part of the choir please email:

Parade marshals

We are also looking for parade marshals for Saturday 4th June. If you’d like to be involved, please contact

Hat making workshops with Radiator Arts

As part of the event we are holding a drop-in hat making workshop with Radiator Arts on Saturday 4th June from 10am to 1pm giving adults and children the opportunity to make a fantastic hat for the occasion. We are offering these on a pay what you can basis (minimum £1). To register your interest in the workshop please contact

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration in Hastings

MSL Discover is commissioning a celebratory choral work to be sung as a round to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The performance will result in an ambitious and innovative celebratory and community ‘moment’.

The new work will be performed in Hastings town centre on Saturday 4th June and will be reprised two weeks later, on Sunday 26th June, at Hastings Sanctuary Festival.

We hope it will be a memorable occasion for all those taking part and give impetus to our (MSL and Barefoot Opera) longer-term objectives. Choir participants will learn from exemplary professionals and develop skills and confidence in music and production. The song will be written by Rosanna Lowe and arranged by Lucy Mulgan.

Both MSL and Barefoot Opera believe in the life affirming, mood-boosting power of the arts to make an impact on people’s lives. We want to enable participants of all backgrounds, and organisations, to know that they can develop skills, and have the opportunity to take part in new, inclusive performances alongside professionals. By encouraging people to take part we help to bring people together, building friendships and developing a sense of community by working towards a common goal.

Sun Shall Rise is another stage in an ambitious developing project, The Wild Horn Fair. Begun during the first lockdown in 2020 on Zoom, MSL has been working with Rosanna Lowe, production designer Jane Bruce, and researcher Julie Gidlow, with funding from the Arts Council, Hastings Council and the Trinity Triangle Heritage Action Zone to create a new community street performance for several towns across England in 2023-24. There will be a small-scale rural tour of this version later this year.

Sun Shall Rise will celebrate the history of England and the reign of our present queen and provide us with the opportunity to promote a major community production to potential partners for presentation in 2023. The Wild Horn Fair is a celebration of the High Street and will explore the relationships between established order and disruptive carnival.

Sun Shall Rise is funded by Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, Sussex Community Foundation, Historic England, Trinity Triangle Hastings, Heart of Hastings, and East Sussex Arts Partnership.

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