Hastings is the most musically sophisticated town in the UK – The Argus 5th March 2014

Hastings is the most musically sophisticated town in the UK

 People living in Hastings are the most musical, a new study into musical sophistication suggests. The residents of the East Sussex town were judged to have the highest level of musical sophistication, followed by West Somerset and North Dorset.The study found that musical skills and ability are not evenly distributed across the population and are linked to a person’s profession, education level and their average income.

Published in the PLOS ONE journal, the study carried out by researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London and BBC Lab UK, found a correlation between how musical people are and the average income of the area where they live.Learning to play an instrument is strongly linked to household income with the highest level of musical training being found among the inhabitants of the City of London, Cambridge, York, Cherwell, and Oxford. However, the inclusion of low-income regions in the ‘most musical list’, such as Hastings and areas of Wales and the West Country, prove that high income and musical aptitude were not always linked.

Dr Daniel Mullensiefen, lead researcher on the project from the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, said: “It was fascinating to be involved in this study – the largest of its kind ever to be undertaken – and it was exciting to map out for the first time how musical expertise is spread across an entire nation.”The most intriguing result for me is to be able to see on a map how musical skills are related to social conditions of our modern lives.”

“Perhaps the most surprising result was the relationship between income and musicality.”With a couple of exceptions, people who lived in postcode areas with a higher average income performed better in the music ability tests. The next question we’re going to tackle is the cause behind this relationship.

More than 94,000 participants answered questions on their musical background and musical habits and took part in a range of objective musical tests. Although the tests were not solely based on a person’s ability to play an instrument, those with musical training had a clear advantage on the listening tests where they were asked to do things like remember distinctive tunes. The study also found that musical sophistication is generally highest in early and flexible periods of life such as during school and university, and is also higher in certain professions such as the media or education.But hope is not lost for those struggling to master an instrument. The findings also show that inherent factors such as gender and ethnicity explained very little in terms of the musical sophistication of individual participants.   The Argus

Gary Kinch………..we already knew that didn’t we folks

Pete Fisher…..don’t know about sophisticated, but it was great to grow up in a town where so much music was happening, and at a time when some of the best music ever was being produced (60s/70s), and to have people around me who were also totally obsessed with music!!

David Reinhardt & Bobby Valentino memories

David Kent….David looked a bit like Klaus Kinski with Johnny Winter hair. I jammed with him once, it was a weird evening.I think a friend of mine gave him a old donkey jacket to smarten him up a bit.

Alan Esdaile…..I remember Dave Reinhardt very well. He walked into Martin Casson Agency looking like a tramp, had a funny little constant chuckle, with a violin case under his arm. He said he was looking for gigs and opened his violin case and played. We were blown away, really good player. Paul Casson tried to manage him but he was such a free spirit, that you could not rely on him to turn up for gigs. You described him perfectly Klaus Kinski with Johnny Winter just about sums his looks.

Yvonne Cleland…..I remember Dave Reinhardt very well. He was D’jango’s nephew or something

Andy Qunta….Thanks for the reminder about Dave Reinhardt! What a character!

Chris Meachen…..David Reinhardt used to play in a duo with another chap, who turned up on top of the pops some years later as a member of (I think) the Poodles…

Phil Gill…..Think you mean Bobby Valentino, fiddler and Clark Gable lookalike from the Fabulous Poodles and the Electric Bluebirds. Top bloke, used to go busking with him sometimes. He worked in the Fiesta briefly in 1973.

Here’s a photo of Bobby Valentino….



Bobby Valentino….Thanks for the name check but I never did a gig with Dave Reinhardt, he was too indisciplined to do duets. Cheers b.v.

Harry R & The Jump Jets rehearsal Catsfield – 1983


supplied by Hastings groups from 1958 to present

Dave Easton vocals, Stuart Moir, drums and Phil Gill on Bass.

Andy Qunta….”Phil Gill again! How does he do it?

Phil Gill….”I thought this was a Harry R rehearsal or me doing a dep for Centre Page. If it’s neither of those then I have no recollection of this musical situation.”

Joe Knight….GREAT VOCALIST!!!!

Janine Anne Hemsley…..Worked down Rennie’s with these guys  I was doing the jazz before they came on lol