Things to do Guernsey


Katherine Jenkins and the National Symphony Orchestra


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Friday 30th April and Saturday 1st May 2010. 


Katherine Jenkins was here to kick off Guernsey’s 65th Liberation Anniversary Celebrations in a concert at Beau Sejour, Sir John Loveridge Hall.

Miss Jenkins, was accompanied by the full 32-piece National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), sang a combination of classic and contemporary songs from her repertoire and the NSO will also perform a number of pieces of their own.


Things to do Guernsey are very grateful for corporate sponsorship, our lead sponsor is Carey Olsen, with Terra Firma, Bachmann Group,The Partnership, Ray and Scott, Kleinwort Benson also sponsoring the event.


The National Symphony Orchestra is one of the busiest freelance orchestras in the UK, many popular classical artists. The NSO began in Britain in wartime 1940 One of the main things which distinguished the NSO from the other orchestras during the war years was that almost all the musicians were serving in the forces, and therefore unlike the LSO and LPO of the day (who relied on those who were too old or unfit for military service. Today members of the NSO can be heard on many major film soundtracks, and among the many stars with whom they have appeared are Reba McEntire and Sir Cliff Richard, who was backed by the ladies of the NSO string section at the Royal Albert Hall. The NSO has shared the stage in Hyde Park with Sir Elton John. A vast number of our audience said they came to the concert to hear them as much as they did to hear Katherine. I have to say they were truly amazing, also very delightful people to be with. Members were invited to have a little bus tour of the island, which they thoroughly enjoyed. We are now talking about many other things that we might be able to bring them over for. So watch this space, personally I can’t wait.

The conductor for the concerts was Mr. Steve Sidwell, wow what credentials this man comes with, musician, composer, arranger, conductor Steve studied Trumpet, piano and composition at the royal college of music and Guildhall School of Music and drama. Steve’s orchestrations and compositions feature on numerous albums, television shows, advertising campaigns and films, Album Credits include orchestrating and conducting Robbie Williams best selling album ‘ swing when you’re winning’ the acclaimed live television recording ‘Robbie Williams Live at the Albert’. Recent projects include Sarah Brightman with the LSO. Rock Swings for Paul Young, The Pet Shop boys, Seal, and many others. There is a vast number of TV and theatrical credits and prestigious commissioned works and once again, how privileged are we to have him on the island. Let’s hope we will see him here again soon.


Katherine Jenkins not only did Katherine wow the audience with her amazing voice she charmed them on stage, coming across as the girl next door, very down to earth, she was a delightful off stage as she was on it, even though she is a global super star. Having performed with Andre Bocelli and Placido Domingo, and personally asked by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to record the Love Never Dies from his latest musical. How honoured are we to have her here on our shores. Katherine invited the audience during the interval to bring questions written on pieces of paper to the security staff for her to read out during the second half. There were a lot of questions about her dresses, which were absolutely stunning. It was lovely to see questions from very young members of the audience and for them to be encouragedin their talents, Katherine gave advice to get involved in as much singing and performing as possible, to enter as many competitions as they could, even if they don’t win, it’s the experience that counts, having lost in many competitions she had entered. Both nights Katherine delighted the audience in sing in welsh, a cappella style, Friday night some members of the Guernsey Boy’s aloud, were scattered through the audience, and Saturday singing ‘Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’. The Land Of My Fathers. As I watch the audience from the balcony everyone was sat so still even near the end of the concert. As Katherine sang ‘Time to say goodbye’ you could hear a pin drop. The concert ended with a rousing “last night of the proms’ section. At this time it was delightful to see all the hand flags being waved, and everyone joining in singing. Our new forces sweetheart gave an encore of We’ll meet again and the singing of our national anthem Sarnia Cherie. So many of the thank-you’s I have received have mentioned this the most special part of the evening, how proud we can be!


Performance Program

Light Cavalry Overture

La Vie en Rose

‘Til There Was You

Se si Perde un Amore

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

The Dam Busters – March

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

The White Cliffs of Dover

The Godfather



Water Music – 9d Hornpipe

Love Never Dies



Masquerade Waltz

Non ti Scordar di Me

I Believe

Time to say Goodbye

Sea Songs…. Rule, Britannia


Land of Hope & Glory



We’ll meet again

Sarnia Cherie



Katherine's Website







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 Beau Sejour Sir John Loveridge Hall - 15th & 16th September 2010 

Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra were joined by a host of stars for 2 exciting nights at Beau Sejour.


Jools and his orchestra were not alone when they took to the stage in the Sir John Loveridge Hall at Beau Sejour – Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall will be guest vocalists for the two nights along with special guest Marc Almond of Soft Cell.


At the age of eight Jools was already a fluent piano player and by the time he reached his early teens he was regularly playing in many pubs in South East London and the East End Docks. It was at this time that he was introduced to Glenn Tilbrook, Chris Difford and Gilson Lavis who together formed Squeeze.  Up the Junction and Cool for Cats helped propel the group to huge levels of success, including cracking the notoriously difficult American market, which saw them perform live at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden.


Jools will be joined in Guernsey by his former Squeeze colleague Gilson Lavis who, in 1987, became a founding member of The Jools Holland Blues Band.  That band has grown and metamorphosed into the 20-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra which will be accompanying Jools on his visit to the island.



The band and Jools loved being here, they thought the audience were great,  what a party we had!


Jools in thanking me for bringing them said " thank-you for everything how you have looked after us, cared for us, taken care of all the details, it has been brilliant, one of the best! and we played pretty darn good too, but that is partly down to the enviroment you have created for us, so thank-you"   you know what Jools it was totally my pleasure, I loved every minute.





Defending the Caveman


It's not often that a show is so popular that it returns only a year after it's first visit, but... following huge demand this prehistoric battle of the sexes is came back to Guernsey for a second time ! 


/files/Past Events/caveman_bordered.jpgDefending the Caveman is a hysterically funny Broadway show that looks at men, women and why the battle of the sexes is still going strong. Hilarious insights on contemporary feminism and masculine sensitivity. Defending the Caveman mines the common themes in relationships that go straight to the funny bone.


The show opened on Broadway on March 1, 1995 and ran until June 1997 – making it the longest running solo play in Broadway history. It has enjoyed critical and public acclaim, sell-out UK tours and received a clutch of awards, including the Society of London Theatre ‘Olivier Award’ for Best Entertainment in 2000.


This one-man phenomenon has been seen by more than 7 million people in more than 40 countries and in over 15 different languages. More of a peacemaker than a club-wielding Neanderthal, Defending The Caveman explains the male mystique and contemporary feminism with great humour.


Mark Little (aka Joe Mangle from Neighbors) bought this phenomenal production to Guernsey audiences at St James  30th Sept 1st & 2nd October  2010- this was Mark's final tour as the UK's caveman, next time we see him on our shores he will be doing his stand up routine as seen at Edinburgh festival.









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Bringing Legends Back to the Baize!



Saturday 5th February 2011 at 7.00pm

Beau Sejour  Sir John Loveridge Hall

We are delighted that some of Snooker’s greatest ever players came to Guernsey !

This historic event took place at Beau Sejour on Saturday 5th February with Legends such as former World Champions Dennis Taylor, John Parrott, Cliff Thorburn and UK Champion John Virgo already confirmed.  Jimmy White, the “Whirlwind”!.  

On this special evening Jimmy White was crowned the Guernsey Legend 2011!

This event is strictly one night only where we hosted a VIP  champagne reception with all the players prior to the matches, a premium seat at the event and a souvenir brochure, a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with these stars and get your photos and autographs with them.

Two lucky audience members partnered a legend in a game of doubles on the night. John Virgo called on members of the audience to perform some trick shots, our very own Sir Geoffrey Rowland making a pot he will never forget.

Although the crowd were somewhat boystrous we had an unforgettable night of nostalgia, fun and snooker, snooker legends... the legends were back on the baize.







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"Soul, Gospel, and R&B : Ruby Turner is truly the genuine article. Blessed with a voice that can breathe life and meaning into any song, whether it be a passionate ballad or a fast groove"

- The Guardian

FRIDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2010,   at St. Pierre Park Hotel   



About Ruby..... 


The two things we all know about a ruby is that it’s precious, and it stands the test of time. This one sounds great too. Ruby Turner is a national and international treasure. Anyone who saw her tear the roof off Ronnie Scott’s, and her other headline gigs last year, knows it. Jools Holland and his legions of fans know it: he has Ruby as a regular featured vocalist in his widely-loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. For those who came to see Jools Holland in September saw how amazing she is, now we get to see her perform with her own band.


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What an awesome night !!  Mick and Paul Le Huray opened the night with some folk music, then Colin Falla gave us some of his own compositions.


The Ruby rocked the house with nearly 2 hours of delightful Soul, and blues. 


Can't wait till we have her back on our shores!







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                                 Beau Sejour, Sir John Loveridge Hall

In The Flesh have created a powerful and dynamic appreciation of Pink Floyd's timeless music in an amazing two and a half hour show drawing on tracks from their classic albums including The Piper at the Gates of Dawn right through A Saucerful of Secrets, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, The Final Cut, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell.

State of the art technology sits alongside traditional analogue equipment and instruments, including a Hammond organ (the same model that Richard Wright used no less), combined with the addition of surround sound that defined the true Pink Floyd concert experience.

The seven piece live band featuring backing singers and saxophones delivers accurate renditions of their astounding music with an incredible attention to detail reflecting the different periods of Pink Floyd's hugely varied and influential career. An impressive light show and projection screen accompanies the music with specially commissioned film sequences and still images that will leave audiences amazed!





Deptford Rivieras  

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an evening of funky bluesy soully jazzy sixties groovy stuff


What a treat, atmosphere was phenominal, the highest compliment was from some who attends the Tavern all the time.... 

'one of the best bands we have ever had'


26th August 2011 at The Fermain Tavern  


 The ‘Deptford Riviera’ is the name given to the southern shore-line of the River Thames between Rotherhithe and Deptford Creek. Hailing from that zone in South East London.


The Deptford Rivieras are a trio playing funky bluesy jazzy soul and ska in the style of '60’s Blue Note legends such as Jimmy Smith and Stanley Turrentine.


Phil Veacock (Tenor Saxophone) is best known as a long-time member, main arranger and musical director of Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.  He has played with and arranged for an unbelievable roster of musical legends from every genre. A quick look at some of the names shows Soul legends such as Al Green, Barry White, Sam Moore, George Benson, Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves, Blues legends such as B B King, Eric Clapton, Dr John, Irma Thomas and Slim Gaillard. Other genre-busting legends like Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr, Elton John, Van Morrison, Sting, Kylie and even Rolf Harris also feature.


Alan Savage (Drums) has had a long career in both the pop and jazz/blues fields backing such names as Joe Jackson, Alison Moyet, Olivia Newton-John and Freddie Mercury together with Bluesmen like Otis Grand and Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges. Currently, Alan is the driving-force behind OoBopSh’Bam one of the UK’s leading jump-jive/rock n roll outfits. 


Seamus Beaghen (Hammond Organ) is one of the finest and in-demand keyboard players at work in the UK today. Currently a member of Madness (some may remember his picture on the sleeve of the single ‘Uncle Sam’!) his previous credits include Paul Weller, Iggy Pop, Barrie Adamson and as musical director for comedian Jack Dee during his 'Live at...' TV shows.








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8th December 2011 at Beau Sejour Sir John Loveridge hall

What a real treat we had, yes serving soldiers! TOTAL GENTLEMEN, the event was incredibly special as Julian Smith ( details below) opened the show for us. The 2nd half we saw all the Standards( flags) of Guernsey being presented this bought grown men to tears. How proud we felt. The Atmosphere was electric. By the end of the concert everyone was on their feet, singing clapping and dancing. This has to have been one of the best so far!



The Soldiers created history by being the first group of serving soldiers to hit the British pop charts. They are soldiers first and foremost, having served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. They are real life heroes, have several medals between them and can be called up at any time.   

Sgt. Maj. Gary Chilton, is an exceptional singer, Staff Sgt. Richie Maddocks, a true showman and Lance Cpl Ryan Idzi.  Together, they are first class singing and dancing entertainers who provide a great night out for all the family. They have touched a chord with the nation and represent and reflect the true values of the Armed Forces.

Their first album ‘Coming Home’ was the 5th biggest selling domestic album of 2010, and following its storming success they released their second album ‘Letters Home’ October 2010. These two top 10 albums, released in the space of a year, exceeded sales of 800,000 and have helped raise over half a million pounds for army charities. Their classic song ‘Coming Home’ has become their anthem and is dedicated to all the servicemen and women across the world, receiving standing ovations with audiences around the country.


Julian Smith 


Julian Smith graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 1991 with distinction in performance and teaching on his first study which was at that time Bassoon. He then was offered a teaching post with Sandwell MBA, and a part time post with Cheltenham Boys College. He also at this time performed in various pit orchestras for musicals and shows including the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Saxophone for Julian was also a great passion, and in 1993 he heard Kenny G for the first time and became instantly hooked on this instrument and in particular the soprano saxophone. Julian built a band around himself which became very popular in the Midlands area playing in restaurants, and prestigious corporate events on invitation.

Julian’s musical style could be described as easy listening “Crossover Classical/Pop/Smooth Jazz” as another big influence for his musical style is the vocal group “Il Divo”. Combining performance on saxophone and teaching on clarinet and saxophone, Julian could now make a living as a musician/teacher. After producing a couple of self financed albums with producer and arranger Ty Unwin a track called Silver was placed on the multiplatinum compilation album called Classic Chillout series by Sony in 2001, and subsequently more tracks were commissioned from Julian over the next two years. Frustrated without any further real success in the music industry after a period of six years, Julian decided to enter BRITAINS GOT TALENT IN 2009 and achieved second runner up placement with nearly 700,000 public telephone votes and millions of YouTube hits on the internet.  






/files/Past Events/the straits logo_Resized_239x243.jpg Sunday 1st April 2012 at 7.45pm

Beau Sejour, Sir John Loveridge hall


The Straits (basically The Dire Straits but without Mark!) are now bringing back to life the original band’s catalogue of music live on stage. This is no tribute act as in the genial Alan Clark on keyboards, the splendid Chris White on saxophone and guitarist Phil Palmer, The Straits feature three members who played in Dire Straits.

Following an amazing debut show at the Royal Albert Hall, and the subsequent public demand to hear the bands much loved catalogue of great songs; Alan Clark, Chris White & Phil Palmer from Dire Straits ,have just completed a successful 14 date UK and European tour with their new band “ The Straits “ .

Former Dire Straits members are joined by world class musicians Steve Ferrone, Terence Reis, Mick Feat and Jamie Squire perform the band's greatest hits.

The upcoming European tour is a direct result of the overwhelming demand to hear the band’s much loved catalogue of unforgettable songs. The Straits will perform songs from the classic albums Dire Straits (1978), Communiqué (1979), Making Movies (1980), Love Over Gold (1982), Brothers In Arms (1985) and On Every Street (1991). Expect to hear all the classics including Money For Nothing, Sultans of Swing, Walk of Life, Romeo and Juliet, Brothers in Arms, Private Investigations, Solid Rock, Tunnel of Love, and many more.

The Band

Alan Clark joined Dire Straits in 1980 as their first keyboard player and played a significant part in their transformation into one of the world’s biggest bands. Acknowledged by his fellow band members as Dire Straits' unofficial musical director, he co-produced the band’s last studio album On Every Street. Alan has played and recorded with many other high profile artists including Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Tina Turner and the Bee Gees.

Chris White provided and is best known for his saxophone sound with Dire Straits. His work with the band included the “Brothers in Arms” and “ On Every Street” World Tours, the "On Every Street" and "On The Night" albums, and the legendary "Live Aid" and "Mandela" concerts. More recently, Chris has performed on two of Mark Knopfler's solo albums. Outside of this association, he has recorded and performed live with many great artists, including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and Robbie Williams.

Phil Palmer joined Dire Straits for their On Every Street tour, having come to their attention after quietly and consistently building a career out of playing tasteful, intelligent and musical guitar with a long list of well known artists that includes Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Sting, Roger Daltry, Take That, Wishbone Ash and producer Trevor Horn. As a result, Phil is regarded as one of the UK’s foremost session musicians.

Born in Maputo, Mozambique, Terence Reis grew up playing the guitar in the idiosyncratic style of the local finger picking street musicians. Terence was handpicked as the front man for The Straits for his voice, which has elements of Knopfler, JJ Cale and Steve Earle, and his guitar technique that’s remarkably similar to Knopfler’s own.

Steve Ferrone is acknowledged by his peers as one of the world’s greatest drummers and first came to the world’s attention with The Average White Band. He has also played with a long list of high profile acts including Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and Quincy Jones.

Mick Feat is an internationally renowned bassist and has worked with many different artists including Mark Knopfler, Art Garfunkel and David Gilmour.

Jamie Squire is at 24 the youngest in The Straits line up. Jamie is a highly accomplished keyboard player , singer and song writer. He is a great addition to the band!

Warm up for this concert was Jon Allen


“Evocative of Dylan, Cat Stevens and Nick Drake…Exemplary” Uncut

“One of the most amazing voices I’ve heard this year” Jools Holland

“Wonderfully mellow finger picking country blues…” Classic Rock

‘The new Dylan’ has been the tag line hung like a noose around the neck of many an emerging male solo artist down the years, the female equivalent being ‘the new Joni Mitchell’. More often than not the Dylan label is misleading because artists for whom it is applied bear at best a passing artistic connection to Bob Dylan and at worst no connection whatsoever.

For fear of falling into the aforementioned trap perhaps this headline of this press release should read ‘Jon Allen. Not the new Dylan’! For a start he’s a lot taller (6.1”). He’s British and has a voice more like Rod Stewert’s than Dylan’s. (That’s the credible, Faces/first few solo album’s Rod. The best white male soul singer these isles have ever produced Rod. Did I hear someone shout ‘What about Mick Hucknall?’ No, I didn’t think so). Even though Dylan the man is short, his shoes are big and hard to fill. Without loading Allen down with the heavy Dylan mantle that has crushed so many with the weight of expectation unfulfilled it can be said without hyperbole that his music shares a natural connection with Dylan’s in its lyrical and melodic approach.

Also Allen’s new album ‘Sweet Defeat’ might just be his ‘Blood On The Tracks’. Like Dylan’s 1974 classic it’s a break up record. Far from being a purely melancholic offering it expresses the full range of emotions that love elicits from the heady abandon of the first flush of romance to the sadness and regret of love lost and hope obscured. Recorded with the same producer and group of musicians who contributed to his acclaimed debut album ‘Dead Man’s Suit’, ‘Sweet Defeat’ is an eleven-song collection that displays the maturity and cohesiveness of an artist growing in confidence. It builds on acoustic foundations, ranging from solo finger picked songs to the album’s title track, an upbeat number complete with a brass section that conjures up memories of Van Morrison at his soulful best.

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'Music of the Night' & West End Anthems


18th September 2011 & 11th January  2012


at St James Concert Hall


The performers take us on a journey of songs from many box office smash hit West End Shows. Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Blood Brothers, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats,  ..... and the list goes on! A celebration of all that is magical about musical theatre.  



The Cast

Zoe Curlett, ( Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Carousel, South Pacific, L' Opera Seria)

Sophia Ragavelas, (The Lion King, Les Miserables, Never Forget, Mamma Mia)

Kieron Crook, (The Phantom Of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph & his Technicolour Dreamcoat)

Paul Monaghan, (Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Aspects Of Love, A Man Of No Importance)

Carl Sanderson, (Hairspray, Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Doctor Doolittle, Cats, Phantom of the Opera)