More than 20 local music students enjoyed a musical extravaganza at this year’s Liberation Festival Concert thanks to tickets donated by event sponsor Carey Olsen.  

The concert, which took place at St Thomas’ Church on Friday 10 May, was organised by Music in Action and was part of the Liberation International Music Festival that took place from 8-12 May. The event featured  soloist Elizabeth Watts, described as “one of the brightest new talents”, and internationally-renowned baritone Quentin Hayes who performed alongside nearly 200 other musicians from the City of London Consort of Voice, the Jersey Festival Choir and the Jersey Chamber Orchestra.  

Carey Olsen has sponsored Liberation Festival concerts for the last five years and, this year, the law firm donated concert tickets to promising local music students who plan to study music in higher education.  

Paul Matthams, head of the Carey Olsen fiduciary law group, said: “The concert was an outstanding success, with both the Jersey Chamber Orchestra and the Jersey Festival Choir on top form and the conductor and soloists performing at their very best. It was a privilege to be present and at Carey Olsen we were pleased to be able to give some of the island's many talented young musicians the opportunity to attend.”  

Rachel Hayden was nominated to attend the event by her singing teacher.  

Miss Hayden said: “I thought that the concert was fantastic and the sound that was produced in the church was so powerful. The two soloists were absolutely brilliant. I have never been to a concert like that before and I was really inspired by the performances and it has definitely motivated me to continue to work hard at my music.”  

Beaulieu Convent School pupil, Grace Macdonald was another pupil who was nominated to attend the concert.  

Miss Macdonald said: “I was very impressed by the soloist during ‘Les Illuminations’ which I felt captured the audience and I loved her glissandi. I don’t play an orchestral instrument so I watched and listened as a singer rather than an instrumentalist and I could really appreciate the quality of her voice. It was great to have had the opportunity to attend this concert.”