The Butterfield-sponsored Guernsey Music Centre Winter Concert series welcomed a return of more than 250 young musicians to the stage last weekend (Friday 28th – Saturday 29th January) to a sold-out audience.
Performers as young as 10 years old participated, with entertaining performances from the Youth Choir, the Intermediate Choir, the Youth Wind Band, the Guernsey Girls’ Choir, the Youth Training Orchestra, the Concert Wind Band and the Youth Orchestra.
The Guernsey Music Centre is open to all children in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and aims to provide inclusive and enjoyable music-making opportunities for pupils to realise their potential, achieve excellence and develop confidence in their abilities. The Guernsey Music Centre hosts an annual Winter Concert series, which Butterfield has sponsored for more than a decade.
Tim Wright, Head of Guernsey Music Service said: “Performance opportunities are so important for our music students. They help develop confidence and provide a formal platform for their musical abilities to be recognised and enjoyed by others.
“We are very grateful for Butterfield’s continued support and hope our students thoroughly enjoyed showcasing the music they’ve been working on over the past year, especially after the challenges all our young people have faced recently.”
Richard Saunders, Managing Director at Butterfield in the Channel Islands, said: “We are proud supporters of the Guernsey Music Centre and the inclusive service they provide for the community, working with more than 1000 young musicians.
“During the pandemic, young people haven’t had the same opportunities to perform live on stage and so this year it has been particularly special to see this impressive display of musical talent back on stage. The Music Centre concerts provide a wonderful opportunity for students to gain experiences which will serve them well later in life, to have their hard work celebrated, and to simply share in a love of music.”