Choirs should aim to arrive in Jersey during the Thursday of the Festival and usually depart on the following Sunday. If choirs wish to arrive earlier or delay their departure we can easily organise the same together with arranging further concerts or other particular requirements. Each choir will be given a ‘guide’ who will be with them at every organised part of the Festival in order to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible.
Whether choirs arrive by plane or by sea, they will be met on arrival by a Festival helper/guide who will escort them to their coach. Depending on the time of arrival and after having settled into their hotels, choirs may have some free time to explore St. Helier. If the choir needs to rehearse, this will have been organised.
18.00 Hours. Dinner will be served at the hotels. Late dinners will be organised for any late arrivals.
20.00 – 22.00 Hours. An opening reception will be held at the St. James Centre in St. Helier. Guides will walk the choirs the short distance to St. James having met them in their hotel foyers at 19.50. After a few (very few) words of welcome over a drink or two, each choir will be introduced and will sing one song of its own choice by way of its own introduction. Choirs need not dress in official choir uniforms as the evening is very informal and a grand piano is available. Many of the Festival helpers will be present to help you with any questions and any further information (in writing) may be given out. If we find we have a lot of choirs arriving after 18.00. we sometimes delay the start of the reception til 20.30. Guides will walk you back to your hotel if it is necessary at the end of the evening.
AM. Your morning programme can vary according to your wishes:-
(i) Concerts in Schools. We like to send our choirs out into our community and choirs performing a short (30/40 minute) concert of its own choice in a school has proved very popular both with the schools and with the choirs. Times will be arranged, transport will be provided and a guide will ensure that everything runs smoothly.
(ii) Free Time. You may decide that you want to have free time or time for your own rehearsal or take the day off to explore the Island. We will organise whatever you may wish.
PM. This is free time for you to do whatever you wish – we will help you to organise your rehearsals, tours, trips – whatever.
NB If there are a lot of competing choirs a voice competition may have to be held on Friday afternoon and this might influence the rest of the days activities. Should this need arise we would advise you of the same as soon as possible and discuss the same with you in preparing your itinerary. During Friday Choir Directors and accompanists/stage managers may care to visit Victoria College Great Hall and the Gloucester Hall at Fort Regent to view the stages upon which their choirs will compete. This will be organised by them directly with their choir’s guide.
17:30 Hours. Dinner will be served in your hotel.
19.00 Hours. On Friday evening we hold a series of concerts throughout the Island and we call these concerts the ‘Parish Concerts’. Coaches will take you to a concert venue where you will perform a 30 minute programme of your own choice. A piano and staging will be in place to ensure that you can give of your best. You will share the concert with two other choirs and these concerts usually take place in some of our bigger Parish Churches. The concerts usually attract a large audience. We ask each choir to introduce each song to the audience and to make sure that the audience understands what each song is about – audiences appreciate your information. The concerts will last for just over one and a half hours and coaches will return you to your hotel. A guide will be with you to look after you throughout the evening.
A leisurely breakfast and then departure. If you are staying on or have time and wish to take part in a church service we will be happy to organise this for you. There may be time to enjoy a final scenic tour of the Island and hopefully you will decide that you must return.