Events - Festival Programme

Friday 6th May 2011

Fanfare in Royal Square

with Howard Blake

Friday 6th May, 1:15pm

Fanfare in the Royal SquareHoward Blake's world premiere is performed by Jersey Premier Brass at the place where Major Peirson died defending Jersey from the attacking French forces in the last land battle on British soil.

Enjoy soup from the soup kitchen as fanfares ring out around your ears. Howard is the multiple award winning composer best known for his hit success "The Snowman".

Friday the 6th

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Liberation Reflection, The War Tunnels

Friday 6th May, 4:30 pm

War Tunnels Jersey The Performers:

Michael Collins – Clarinet
Guy Johnston - Cello
Alexander Sitkovetsky
– Violin
Wu Qian – Piano

Dramatic poems & readings about Jersey's occupation are interwoven into Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' in Jersey's atmospheric War Tunnels.

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Be transported to the sinister times of World War II with an amazing musical experience. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to hear Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time' in an authentic setting, akin to it's premiere in a prisoner of war camp.

Captured by the German army during World War II, Messiaen was held as a prisoner of war. While in transit to the prisoner of war camp, Messiaen showed fellow musical prisoners his sketches for solo clarinet (Abyss of Birds) and Violin, Cello & Clarinet (Interlude) which they approved of and eventually developed into the Quartet with Messiaen on piano.

The quartet was premiered in Stalag VIII-A in Görlitz, Germany (currently Zgorzelec, Poland) on January 15 1941, to an audience comprising around four hundred fellow prisoners of war and prison guards. Messiaen later recalled of the occasion, "Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension."

At the same time, the Jersey War Tunnels were being planned. Under the German occupiers, slave labourers were shipped to Jersey from Spain, France, Poland and Germany. They removed 14,000 tons of rock and used 4,000 tons of concrete to create an astounding complex of underground corridors.

4pm Pre concert performance of compositions by students of Jersey Academy of Music, based on themes and concepts from 'Quartet for the End of Time'

Friday the 6th

TicketsTickets: £5

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L'Histoire du Tango, Jersey Opera House

with Ola and James Jordan BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

Friday 6th May, 8pm

Thursday 5th May – Preview Concert

Strictly Come Dancing Jersey opera House The Tango Orchestra includes:

Alexander Sitkovetsky – Violin
Harriet McKenzie - Violin
Carlos Bonell – Guitar
Lucas Eubel – Double Bass
Wu Qian – Piano
Miloš Milivojević
- Accordian

An exceptional night of passionate dancing with Ola and James Jordan from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing along with wonderful music from the masters of tango including Piazzolla, Salgan, and Gardel.

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With their stunning dance routines, Ola and James have dazzled television audiences for the last five series of the Strictly Come Dancing. Now they've created their own live routines which take the breath away with the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance form.

Be transported to a late night bar in downtown Buenos Aires, as this show takes you on a journey into the heart of this intoxicating city. As danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion all combine, this is a spectacular and explosive evening not to be missed.

The programme features a number of well known tangos performed by an exceptional tango orchestra of international soloists.

7pm Pre concert Question and Answer session with Ola and James Jordan

Friday the 6th

TicketsTickets: £32/£26/£22 Concs available

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Saturday 7th May 2011

Educational Chamber Music Workshops at the Jersey Academy of Music

Saturday 7th May, 10am

Jersey Academy of Music A community event featuring young musicians being inspired by the star soloists in a series of workshops and masterclasses.  Come, learn and enjoy listening to their insights.

Saturday the 7th

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Liberated with Lorca at Mont Orgueil

Saturday 7th May, 3pm (Walk starts at 11.30am)

Mont Orguiel Castle The Performers:

Carlos Bonell – Guitar

A walk across Jersey's wild North coast explores the 75th anniversary of the poet Lorca's life and Jersey's Spanish connection as 1500 Spanish forced labourers were shipped to Jersey by the occupiers following defeat by Franco.

The walk finishes with a Spanish guitar concert in the historic keep of Mont Orgueil castle overlooking the spot where the forced labourers landed.

The walk starts at 11.30am at the Yacht Club by St Catherine's Breakwater and ends at Mont Orgueil castle at 1.30 in time for some lunch before the concert.

Fete da la Musique at Longueville Manor

Choirs & Opera

Saturday 7th May, 7pm

LonguevilleThe Performers:

Ilona Domnich (Soprano)
Sergey Braga (Baritone)

Jersey Island Singers
Director: Nicholas Cabot

City Consort of Voices & Eden Sinfonia
Conductor: Daniel Cohen
Jersey Youth Choir Director
Liz Craik
Adaska Ensemble
Director: Michael Collins
Jersey Festival Choir
Director: Elizabeth Farnon

A celebration of international choirs, Faure's Requiem, and multiple musical performances brings together international stars and the best of Jersey in the exquisite setting of Longueville Manor.

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During the German's occupation of Jersey in the Second World War, Longueville Manor was used as Officers' quarters. Throughout this time, the beautiful Manor fell into a state of neglect and disrepair. Years of renovation followed the war to reconstruct and revive this stunning historical site.

Spoil yourself; enjoy this sublime music in the magnificent setting of one of the world's finest collection of small luxury hotels, Relais & Châteaux.

Listen to London's City Consort of Voices in Faure's Requiem, with the 'compelling' Soprano Ilona Domnich and the wonderful Russian Baritone Sergey Braga, accompanied by the young and exciting Eden Sinfonia under the baton of Daniel Cohen. Hear the best of Jersey's singers in the Jersey Festival Choir, the Jersey Island Singers and the Jersey Instrumental Service Youth Choir and marvel at Mozart's dazzling Wind Serenade in Eb performed by the Adaska Ensemble directed by the Festival's Artistic Director Michael Collins before finishing the evening with jazz in the Marquee.

Saturday the 7th

Tickets Tickets: £30/£15
(Conc. available)
VIP £75
(includes champagne and canapés)

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Sunday 8th May 2011

Jazz at Hamptonne

with Clare Teal and her Jazz Trio - "Music to Melt to"  Jamie Cullum

Sunday 8th May, 1-4pm

Clare Teal Jazz at HamptonneA family day of jazz at the beautiful Jersey Heritage site Hamptonne.  The multiple award winning Clare Teal and her Trio perform popular jazz classics and a stunning collection of originals either written or co-written by Clare, along with a selection from her favourite songwriters from the Great British songbook.  

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The show pays homage to material over an 80 year period with classics such as 'Spread A Little Happiness' by Vivan Ellis, 'Smile' by comic legend Charlie Chaplin as well as modern classics such as 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' by  Ewan MacColl, 'He Was Beautiful' by Stanley Myers and Dame Cleo Laine.

Come with a hamper and a bottle of champagne or enjoy the delicious catering.  Doors open at 12:30.

Sunday the 8th

TicketsTickets: £25 (seated)
(on the lawns)
Children Free
VIP Tickets: £75
(includes a food buffet and wine as well as a chance to meet the soloists)

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Liberation Gala Concert at the Opera House

Sunday 8th May, 8pm

Liberation Gala at the Opera HouseProgramme:

Mozart - Violin Concerto No 5   (Soloist: Nicola Benedetti )
Weber - Concertino for Clarinet (Soloist: Michael Collins)
Mozart - Symphony No 32
Tchaikovsky - Rococo Variations(Soloist: Leonard Elschenbroich)

Jersey Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Daniel Cohen

A stunning Gala concert to celebrate the Liberation of Jersey features beautiful music that frees and liberates the spirit. Mozart's Violin Concerto is one of his most majestic works described by Einstein as a concerto "unsurpassed for brilliance, tenderness and wit." Weber's Concertino showcases the clarinet in an expressive and virtuosic display and takes the standard form of three movements.

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The second half opens with Mozart's Symphony No 32, a piece in the style of an Italian overture. It is followed by Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra, the closest that this genius came to writing a concerto for the cello. It's elegant contours and delightful melodies echo the classical style and was written as a homage to Mozart. It finishes the concert with a tour de force of brilliance.

A pre-concert talk will take place in the main auditorium at 7pm.

7pm Pre-concert talk "Please don't shoot the Critic"

An amusing talk by distinguished music critic Michael White who manages to find the time to write for many journals including the Telegraph, and the New York Times on a variety of topics including music reviews.

Sunday the 8th

Tickets Tickets: £32/£26/£21/£10
Children: £5
VIP Tickets: £75
(includes champagne reception with the soloists)

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Monday 9th May 2011

Yacht Concert in the Bay of Beauport

Monday 9th May, 12:30pm

Yacht Concert BeauportThe Performers:

Miloš Milivojević - Accordian
Harriet Mackenzie - Violin

Set sail, explore the bays and views, gun emplacements and armaments up on the cliffs left by the occupying German forces during World War II and listen to a concert at sea in the beautiful Bay of Beauport.

The concert will feature Miloš Milivojević and violinist Harriet Mackenzie playing beautiful atmospheric music with gypsy passion! Tickets can be bought at the boat.

Monday the 9th

Tickets Tickets:  £15 with Jersey Coastal Cruises
(leaves at 11am from Albert Quay)
£50 -
12 tickets available on a large yacht at £50

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Al Fresco Concert at the Weighbridge

Monday 9th May, 1pm

Weighbridge Al Fresco Concert A selection of the international soloists perform a programme of well known waltzes and tangos at the Weighbridge - the location where the liberating forces landed. This celebration of Liberation forms part of a larger concert of wartime music provided by Jersey Tourism.

Monday the 9th

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Liberation Celebration, Jersey Opera House

Michael Collins and Friends - Live Broadcast by BBC Radio 3

Monday 9th May, 8pm

Liberation Gala at the Opera HouseProgramme:

Beethoven – Clarinet Trio, Op. 11
Mendelssohn – Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49
Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 

A Gala celebration of Jersey's Liberation features seven major international soloists performing in a night of wonderful passionate music, and is being recorded for national BBC broadcast.

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Listen to the exquisite playing of Natalie Clein in Beethoven's wonderful clarinet Trio. Experience the Sitkovetsky Trio's majestic performance in the Mendelssohn Piano Trio and enjoy the sublime melodies of what is widely regarded as Brahms' supreme achievement in chamber music, his Clarinet Quintet with Michael Collins and Nicola Benedetti.

Beethoven's Trio (for Clarinet, Piano and Cello) is light and delicate as well as beautiful. Along with the famous Octet, Op. 20, Mendelssohn's D minor piano trio is one of his best known works. Following a more 'Schumannesque' style of writing, Schumann reviewed the work and gave great praise declaring Mendelssohn as "the Mozart of the 19th century. The final piece is Brahms' Clarinet Quintet is celebrated as one of his finest works with beautiful soaring melodies influenced by Mozart's majestic Clarinet Quintet.

The Performers include:
Nicola Benedetti
- Violin "Artist of the Year 2008" Classic FM
Alexander Sitkovetsky - Violin "A star of the New Century" The Strad
Wu Qian - Piano "richly coloured, majestic, a dreamy lyricism" The Independent
Michael Collins - Clarinet "Lifetime Performer Award" Royal Philharmonic Awards
Leonard Elschenbroich - Cello "an extraordinary and unique gift" Anne Sophie Mutter
Natalie Clein - Cello "Best Female Artist 2008" Classical BRIT Awards
Phillip Dukes- Viola "Philip Dukes... World Class, and perfect technical mastery" The Strad

7pm A pre-concert talk features some of the artists

Monday the 9th

Tickets Tickets: £25/£22/£16
VIP Tickets: £75
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BBC Radio 3 Broadcast