Bicentenary Events
in 2018

Throughout 2018, St James will host a number of events to celebrate the bicentenary with existing friends and audiences as well as staging new events to encourage a more wide-ranging and younger audience.

30th April

Oxford University Lecture

Democracy in the Digital Age with Dr Victoria Nash

9th May

Festiva Liberation Day Prom Concert

10th - 13th May

The Guernsey Literary Festival*

Festival talks at St James include Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Peggy Seeger, Evan Davis, Katie Piper, David Hepworth, Denise Welch, Jenni Murray, Juliana Buhring as well as a family event based celebrating the Harry Potter books. For tickets visit www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com

14th May

Book Launch: John Wilson By Simon Coombe*

“Guernsey’s Architect: A celebration”

19th May

Guernsey Choral And Orchestral Society

9th - 10th June

The Mikado.
In aid of The Guernsey Cheshire Home.

20th June

Sarnia Festival Arts Bicentenary Concert

“The Admiral and the Saint”. The story of Sir James de Saumarez and St James the Less in words and music.
Sponsored by Collenette Jones.

23rd June

The Guernsey Music Centre Leavers’ Concert

The Leavers’ Concert features the Youth Orchestra, Concert Wind Band and Youth Choir, and includes several students for whom this is their last concert before leaving for university or employment.
Sponsored by BWCI.

7th July

Guernsey Symphonic Winds

14th July

Guernsey Concert Brass

18th August

St James Sinfonia

St James Sinfonia with soloist David Le Page.
Sponsored by BWCI.

7th September

Lydia Pugh: The Land Where I Was Born

A full concert showcasing the choral works of local composer Lydia Jane Pugh, featuring local choir, ‘The Accidentals’

13th - 14th October

Voices At St James

Two festival concerts celebrating and showcasing the diversity of choral singing in Guernsey by adults and children. The adults’ concert is on Saturday evening and the children’s concert is on Sunday afternoon

17th October

Vladimir Ashkenazy and Southbank Sinfonia

One of the world’s great classical artists returns to Guernsey for the first time in decades to conduct Southbank Sinfonia, the acclaimed orchestra of young professional musicians, in a popular programme of Beethoven, Prokofiev and Grieg. Ticket bookings from 1st May.
Lead sponsor: Cazenove Capital

20th October

Island Sounds

Passionate about and supportive of new music, local composer Lydia Pugh is organising a concert to showcase and promote the compositions of living, local composers, with an invitation to all musicians/composers aged 15 and over, across the Bailiwick of Guernsey

27th - 28th October

Sound At St James*

A two-day all ages music festival with over 50 bands and musicians for 22 hours of live music. Kindly sponsored by HMV, Randalls, the Guernsey Arts Commission, Colour Monster, House of Sunshine, Chaos and Regency Events. Book at www.sound.gg

3rd November

Guernsey Jazz Orchestra

9th November

Bicentenary Gala Dinner

A special evening to celebrate the bicentenary of St James.
In aid of the St James Jubilee Foundation

24th November

Guernsey Bach Choir And Orchestra

9th December

Guernsey Glee Singers

18th December

Guernsey Chamber Choir

More details and booking opening dates for these Bicentenary events can be found in the relevant St James Diary. To book tickets please visit or call the Box Office on 711361 Mon to Fri 9am-2pm or online at Guernsey Tickets. *Box office details vary for these events.