Guernsey Music Centre
Guernsey Girls & Brass Band at Liberation Day Service Music Centre students made a significant contribution to the Island’s 70th Anniversary Liberation Celebrations. The Girls’ Choir performed two songs under the direction of Rachel Wright (Bridge over Troubled Water and Happy Land) at the outdoor Service at Footes Lane. Brass Band members joined with adult players to provide incidental music and accompany the congregational hymns. The Liberation celebrations continued at a special concert at St James by the Choir, Youth Jazz and Training Jazz Orchestras. Guernsey Music Centre students have twice visited Biberach in recent years and these were further opportunities to learn about the Island’s recent past and to commemorate an important event in the Island’s history. Pictured are members of the Girls’ Choir performing at the open air Service in their new uniforms, kindly facilitated by Mr and Mrs Vermeulen and donated by the Partners of PWC.
New Computer System
Victor Hugo International Music Festival
The Music Service has recently introduced a new computer system which will have significant benefits for the Service and its users. As well as virtually live attendance information, it will enable staff to communicate more easily via email and help the Service to more easily evaluate its provision. Called Paritor Ensemble www.paritor.com, it is widely used by Music Services and others in the UK. Parents are asked to ensure that contact details are kept up-to-date, particularly email addresses and mobile phone numbers.
A large number of Guernsey students have been able to benefit from the above Festival. Around 200 pupils from Guernsey Schools attended an educational concert at St James by members of the Octet from the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Nicola Benedetti, former Young Musician of the Year and international violin soloist also worked with members of the Youth Chamber Orchestra. This was particularly useful for the Orchestra which has been invited to perform at the National Festival of Music for Youth at Birmingham Conservatoire under their conductor, Michael Sullivan. The Coull String Quartet have also provided an education concert as part of the Festival. Many thanks are due to the Festival’s Director, Richard de la Rue and sponsors Mourant Ozannes, Northern Trust and Deutsche Bank.
Tom Hicks This former Music Service student and Grammar School pupil who accompanied choirs in both institutions has recently gained a Gold Medal from the Royal Northern College of Music and secured a place at the prestigious Yale Music School in America to study with Boris Berman. Congratulations to Tom on these tremendous achievements. Nicola Benedetti Photo courtesy of Chris Tostevin-Hall
John Stephenson Award for Outstanding Contribution A new award has been presented to Alanna Roussel, a Year 13 Music Service student. Named in memory of the late John Stephenson, the former Director of Education who established the Schools’ Music Service in the 1970s, it was presented by his widow Jill at this year’s Leavers’ Concert and was awarded to Alanna for her outstanding contribution in terms of help and assistance to younger players. Since its establishment in the 1970s the Service has brought music to many thousands of young Guernsey students.