Liberation Spring Proms to be held at St James tomorrow

A PATRIOTIC night is promised for tomorrow’s annual Guernsey Liberation Spring Proms at St James.

Jose Paine and Roy Sarre of Festiva. The choir this year celebrates 35 years and will be staging its 24th Liberation Spring Proms concert at St James tomorrow. (29513702)
Jose Paine and Roy Sarre of Festiva. The choir this year celebrates 35 years and will be staging its 24th Liberation Spring Proms concert at St James tomorrow. (29513702)

Festiva chairman and conductor Roy Sarre has handed over the baton to his daughter, Jose Paine.

‘Jose is our new musical director and this is her first major Liberation Day proms concert,’ said Mr Sarre, who founded Festiva in 1986.

‘Not only is this our 35th anniversary it is also our 24th proms night at St James.

‘Jose and I will be sharing the programme.

‘I will be doing the olde worlde stuff and she will be doing the more modern stuff.’

Although guests will not be as numerous this year, Festiva is hoping for a large turnout.

‘Normally the hall is packed but this year the Chelsea Pensioners and the Gurkhas won’t be here because of travel restrictions,’ said Mrs Paine.

‘So we’re hoping that the spirit of Guernsey Together will fill the hall,’ added Mr Sarre.

‘Bring your flags and banners and hats and rattles and whistles.’

As well as the traditional proms songs – Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and We’ll Meet Again – together with newer tunes such as I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables and You’ll Never Walk Alone from Carousel, there will be live interviews.

‘They will be conducted by BBC Radio Guernsey’s Oscar Pearson and he’ll be talking to Mary Sims, whose mother worked for Gasp, the Guernsey Active Secret Press, and also to Tony Falla, whose interview will be called Aen Vraie Guernesiais and will be very moving,’ said Mr Sarre.

‘There is sure to be some tears.’

During its 35 years Festiva has featured in BBC TV’s Songs of Praise, produced several CDs and performs annually in the Guernsey Eisteddfod.

Since 2014 it has been officially twinned with the Cambrensis choir in Cardiff and has often visited to sing with them and other Welsh choirs in their spring concert at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

Musical guest stars on the night will be The Three Basses, and Tony Warren and Alan Boyle, and there will be a special recorded song from soprano Jemimah Paine and pianist Jeff Howard entitled Requiem for a Soldier.

‘We will also welcome our special guests Lt-Governor Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corer and Lady Corder and Bailiff Richard McMahon and Mrs Sue Yin McMahon,’ said Mrs Paine.

Festiva rehearses every Monday evening at Blanchelande College and new members are always welcome.

  • For further information contact Roy on madroy@cwgsy.net or Jose on 3jpaine@cwgsy.net.

  • The Festiva Spring Prom is at St James tomorrow at 7pm.

Tickets are £12.50 and £4.50 for under-18s and are available at the box office on 711361 or at stjames.gg subject to booking fee.

There will also be 100 tickets on the door on the night.

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