Local young musicians will benefit from the guidance of members of the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Octet, who will lead education sessions during their visit to Guernsey and Jersey in May as part of the Islands’ Liberation celebrations.

The Octet is giving landmark public concerts to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Channel Islands on 8th May in Guernsey as part of the Victor Hugo International Music Festival and 9th May in Jersey as part of the Liberation International Music Festival, and organisers have now also confirmed the Octet will host educational events for pupils in both islands during their visit.

In Guernsey, the Octet will lead a concert for schools at St James for around 150 pupils on Friday 8th May with students from Beechwood, Melrose, Grammar and La Mare attending. In Jersey, the Octet will host an open rehearsal for members of the Jersey Academy of Music during the afternoon of Saturday 9th May at the Jersey Opera House. During both sessions, the Octet will perform movements from the Schubert Octet and help pupils to understand various elements of performance and musical interpretation.

Globally, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra has a structured educational programme in place aimed at making its music as accessible to as many people as possible. Initiated by Sir Simon Rattle, it has been supported financially since its inception in 2002 by Deutsche Bank, and runs projects aimed at people of all ages, different social and cultural backgrounds and talents.

The special concerts and educational sessions in the islands have been made possible through the collaboration and support of Channel Island businesses Mourant Ozannes and Deutsche Bank, both of whom have strong track records in supporting educational initiatives in the local community.

Deutsche Bank supports various community groups across the Channel Islands and is focused on nurturing local talent through sport and the arts. This includes a range of grassroots sports development programmes in both islands and cultural partnerships, such as the Guernsey International Photography Festival and an annual bursary award for students studying classical music in Guernsey, and long-term support of the Jersey Eisteddfod.

In addition, Mourant Ozannes has sponsored the Guernsey Rotary Youth Speaks Competition for the last ten years, a national public speaking competition run by the Rotary Club open to all senior schools in Guernsey and the Summer Music Festival along with other community sporting events such as the Jersey Marathon Relay, the Jersey Surf Academy and will be sponsoring the Athletics in the NatWest Island Games being held in Jersey this year.

Andreas Tautscher, Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank Channel Islands, said:

“As a long-term partner to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra globally and a strong supporter of artistic endeavour locally, we are delighted to play a part in ensuring that the Octet is able to lead sessions for budding young musicians locally during the Liberation anniversary celebrations. The musicians are feted all over the world, so this is a rare opportunity for the young people to discover their individual talents and discover new ways to experience and play music.”

Robert Shepherd, Senior Partner of Mourant Ozannes, added:

"As a firm that has deep roots in supporting educational projects in both Guernsey and Jersey, I am delighted that, in this very special year for the Channel Islands, we have played a part in shaping a truly unique initiative. As well as the concerts marking a significant date in the islands’ calendars, pupils in both islands will benefit from the guidance of some of the best musicians in the world, and that is very special indeed.”

Last month it was announced that Trevor Eve and Sharon Maughan will appear in the Octet’s public concerts as special guests and will read from never-before-seen materials from the Occupation. The Guernsey concert will take place at St James Concert Hall, on Friday 8th May 2015 and tickets are available from www.guernseytickets.gg and from St James box office  on tel 01481 711361.  The Jersey concert will take place at the Jersey Opera House on Saturday 9th May 2015 and tickets are available from the Opera House box office on tel 01534 511115 and at www.jerseyoperahouse.co.uk