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Bringing joy into January

Baroque masterpieces from the Bach Choir - a review by Julia Meredith As Storm Isha was gathering force in the wings, inside St James all was warmth, light and anticipation.  The Bach Choir, conducted by Alan Gough, had moved their usual pre-Christmas concert into January; and in the bleakest month of the year, nothing could have…

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GCOS Christmas Concerts Review

a review by Caroline Barker Over the years the character of GCOS Christmas celebrations at St James has changed, as its musical directors have come and gone. Uniquely, however, and very specially, the spirit has remained and still remains true and generous to performers and audience alike. Just as pantomime dames break fourth walls in the…

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Enthralled with the Marmen

Bear with me for an apparent diversion. During interval, after listening to a sublime Mozart, and the boldly contrasting Takemitsu, my son made an intriguing observation. The four musicians of the Marmen Quartet, he said, made him think of a fungus he’d read about, which is irresistible to ants – but once eaten, takes over…

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Precision and Pizzazz!

Voces8 take choral singing stratospheric a review by Julia Meredith Before this evening, I had only ever listened to Voces 8; even their album covers are tasteful designs drawn from Nature. And judging by their perfectionism, the result of phenomenal musical talents allied to relentless practice, I must admit to expecting a company of rarified academic musicians,…

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St James Newsletter – September 2023

Our New Diary Welcome to our Autumn St James Newsletter that supplements the Fourth Quarter 2023 Diary, which will be delivered to every household in the week commencing 11th September.  If you did not receive your diary or would like another one, further copies are available from St James and at many locations around the island.…

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Sleeper Acoustic w/ Tantale and Lula & Gene

a review by Tom Girard For a second night in a row St James Guernsey welcomed a visiting act to their stage to deliver a potentially rather special performance as part of their Global Collection series – in this case UK Britpop heroes Sleeper, in stripped back, semi-acoustic mode, with support coming from Tantale and Lula & Gene. With a more restrained sound than usual…

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Jackson Mathod: a review by Tom Girard

a review by Tom Girard Following on from its launch back in December with Plastic Mermaids, St James in Guernsey kicked off their Global Collection series for 2023 with a visit to the island from upcoming, young, jazz trumpeter Jackson Mathod and his band with new local four-piece, Holmes, opening the show. Made up of three quarters…

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