Carey Olsen is calling on Jersey’s music teachers to nominate students for a chance to attend this year’s Liberation Festival Concert with stars from the Royal Opera House on Friday 10 May at St Thomas’ Church.
The concert, organised by Music in Action, is part of the Liberation International Music Festival running from the 8th-12th May.
This year two soloists, who have appeared at the Royal Opera House in London, will join nearly 200 other musicians from the Jersey Chamber Orchestra, the Jersey Festival Choir and the City of London Consort of Voices to perform Brahms’ fine Requiem, one of the highlights of the choral and orchestral repertoire.
The soloist, Elizabeth Watts, has previously won the Kathleen Ferrier Award, the Lieder prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition and is in great demand to perform at opera houses across the world. She was an artist in residence at London's Southbank Centre in 2011/12. The internationally-renowned baritone, Quentin Hayes, was a principal at the Royal Opera House for five years and has also performed at Glyndebourne and at the English National Opera.
Carey Olsen, which has sponsored Liberation Festival concerts for the last five years, will be donating at least 15 tickets to local budding music students to attend this inspiring musical event. Music teachers can nominate students, aged 16 to 18, who plan to study music in higher education. They have until 12 March 2013 to submit their nominations, which should state why their student deserves a seat, to Carey Olsen. The law firm hopes to distribute the tickets evenly amongst schools.
Paul Matthams, head of the fiduciary law group at Carey Olsen, said: “Over the years the Music in Action Liberation Festival Concerts have attracted an amazing array of talent and we’re thrilled to be sponsoring this event for the fifth year. Helping young people to further their interests in music and the arts is an important part of the firm's community activities and this year we wanted to combine this with our sponsorship of the Festival. “It promises to be a tremendous event and we’re delighted to host budding musicians and we hope the concert will inspire them.”
Music in Action chairman, James Mews, said: “Each year we hope to capture some of the sense of excitement felt by islanders during the liberation through wonderful music performed by exceptional musicians and it is only with Carey Olsen’s continued support we can present such a compelling line-up.”
Teachers should send their nominations to Steven Hunt, Carey Olsen, 47 Esplanade, St Helier JE1 0BD by 12 March 2013.