Channel Island shows for orchestra

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MUSICIANS from the University of Chichester have been taking part in their third annual festival in Guernsey.

The 80-strong group visit the island each year to play in St Peter’s Port and Candie Gardens as well as concerts at outside shops, pubs and even the campsite where they stay.

Simon Growcott, orchestral manager at the university, said: ‘The music festival on Guernsey began two years ago when it was decided to take an orchestra to the Channel Islands.

‘In our first year we went to Guernsey, Jersey and Sark, where we were the first orchestra to visit and perform. Having made contacts with the Town Partnership, we launched the Music Festival where we visited schools, performed in various open air venues in St Peter Port including the Town Church and the St James Arts Centre. Our desire to return is motivated by the warm welcome we receive from the people in Guernsey and their enthusiasm for what we do.’

Proceeds from the events go to local and national charities.

The festival ends on Monday.