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ART FIX: Blockbuster soprano helps kids get singing

ART FIX: Blockbuster soprano helps kids get singing

Friday 12 June 2020

ART FIX: Blockbuster soprano helps kids get singing


Thousands of children will still be able to get singing this summer with the help of a singing star behind Star Wars and Kung Fu Panda after a local music charity overhauled its flagship event.

Every Friday, Express is presenting a selection of online exhibitions, performances and other historic and creative content to help islanders continue getting their weekly dose of culture.

Here is this week's offering...

The show must go on…line

In response to the cancellation of large-scale performances due to covid-19, one of the island’s most well-loved and exciting educational events has been reinvented with the creation of an online video choir.

All children in Jersey are now being invited to join the new online version of 'Jersey Sings!'.

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Pictured: Jersey Sings! will take the form of a virtual choir this year.

The charity will provide a series of four pre-recorded 30-minute video lessons to teach children a medley of World War Two songs, from The White Cliffs of Dover to Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, and everything inbetween.

The lessons have been recorded by acclaimed soprano, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, who has sung on over 200 Hollywood blockbusters, including Star Wars and Kung Fu Panda, as well as Principal Conductor of the Jersey Chamber Orchestra, Eamonn Dougan, and one of the directors from the new Jersey Aureole Community Choir, Nicki Kennedy 

Children will be recorded singing the medley from home, and the files submitted to the Music in Action editing team who will produce a video to be released at the end of the month by Apex Group Ltd.

“Just because we’re in a global crisis, doesn’t mean that we need to stop learning, or more importantly – singing!” Music in Action's Chair, James Mews, said.

“We hope that we can create a sense of community through this project, even though we are all apart.” 

 

Art student brightens up Co-op’s walls

Tiago Almeida, who just concluded an art and design course at Highlands College, has designed and painted a mural for the Co-Op Locale store in Sion.

Video: Aspiring artist Tiago and his mural.

The young artist, who hopes to go to Chester University in September to continue his studies, spent 14 hours working on the colourful mural which features a rainbow and carton characters with the message ‘Keep Safe’.

“When I drive past, or go to work, I feel so proud,” Tiago said. “I have had lots of lovely comments from customers too.”

 

'This Storm Will Pass'

Many islanders will have fond memories of Kevin Pallot and ‘Jersey Bob’ Vincent’s acoustic collaboration ‘The Big Hellos’, which graced the local scene during the noughties.

Video: The much-loved musicians reunited virtually to produce this tune.

The two musicians have now reunited virtually – Jersey Boy has since moved to New Zealand – for an original song commissioned by Art House Jersey Presents.

 

Now time to get zen...

In a different genre, ArtHouse Jersey is inviting islanders to join artist Ian Rolls in a meditative art workshop over Zoom tonight at 19:00.

Ian will be guiding the participants in a drawing and painting exercise that aims to be as relaxing as it is inspiring.

Ian Rolls

Pictured: Local artist Ian Rolls will be guiding the participants in a drawing and painting exercise.

Those wishing to attend will need a sheet of watercolour paper, roughly 10 inches square (but any size will do), a soft pencil (3 or 4B), a set of watercolours or coloured inks, a mixing palette, watercolour brushes, a pot of water and a sheet of kitchen roll.

Tickets cost £11.37.

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