ArtHouse Jersey have commissioned the first ever song cycle written in Jèrriais to be performed by Jersey-born opera singer Georgia Mae Bishop.
The charity, which invests in Jersey artists, has commissioned a group of local musicians to compose and perform the inaugural Jèrriais song-cycle, which will be performed in the new year.
The idea for the project was first conceived by Georgia, who went to Les Quennevais before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and pursuing a career in opera.
Pictured: Georgia Mae Bishop, who first conceived of the Jèrriais Song Project. (Credit: Max Burnett)
After Georgia launched a successful crowdfunding effort on Justgiving, ArtHouse Jersey offered to support the Jèrriais Song Project and is helping to deliver a community outreach programme to go alongside it.
This programme will see 26 Jèrriais and music workshops delivered to 13 primary schools to be led by Georgia, who is also an experienced singing teacher.
The newly commissioned Jèrriais songs have been composed by local composer Charles Mauleverer and will be performed by Georgia alongside pianist Aaron Burrows in two concerts taking place at the Town Church early next year.
The main concert will take place on the evening of Friday 3 February between 19:00 and 20:30 with a chance to meet the artists over a post-show drink.
Pictured: 26 Jèrriais and music workshops will be delivered to 13 primary schools.
The following day, Saturday 4 February, will see a family friendly concert take place at the church between 14:00 and 14:45 and will feature a sing-a-long.
Georgia said: “I’ve always felt a strong connection to Jersey’s history and heritage. Having come through the States school system, I feel a supreme sense of duty to ensure Jersey schoolchildren from less affluent backgrounds have the same access to opportunities and experiences as those from wealthier backgrounds.
“These workshops also aim to demonstrate to young children that professions that seem elitist or inaccessible can and should be available to all. You cannot be what you cannot see."
Tickets are available HERE
Pictured top: Georgia Mae Bishop with a traditional Jersey ‘Bachin’ bowl instrument. (Credit: Max Burnett)
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