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ArtHouse Jersey Presents - Liberation 75 Online Entertainment

May 07, 2020


ArtHouse Jersey is delighted to announce that they will be hosting the Liberation 75 celebrations digital content over the weekend of 9th May 2020. 

The content will be made available on their newly introduced online platform ‘ArtHouse Jersey Presents’. All islanders need to do to enjoy all this expertly crafted Liberation 75 content is visit and click on the ArtHouse Jersey Presents tab. The organisation would like as many people as possible to celebrate the 75th milestone to its fullest while continuing to observe social distancing measures. 

FRIDAY 8TH MAY: ‘Faithful and Free’, by Charles Mauleverer (commissioned by The States of Jersey) 

On Friday 8th May at 3pm, ArtHouse Jersey Presents will be sharing a new piece of music from Jersey composer Charles Mauleverer. Before COVID-19 hit, the plan had been for Charles’ specially commissioned work to be performed in the Liberation Square, and for a bound hand-written copy of the music engraved into sumptuous images of Jersey by local artists to be given to visiting members of the royal family. Due to the pandemic, the event has all but been shifted online to ArtHouse Jersey Presents. Recording the piece remotely during lockdown proved something of a logistical challenge. The choir and players recorded their sections remotely and Charles had to combine these tracks to produce the finished piece. The title and accompanying words come from an Occupation survivor who sadly passed away only two months ago. Taken from a poem written and partly hidden from the occupying forces during the Occupation, the words of 'Faithful and Free' passionately evoke the kinship between mainland Britain and Jersey, and what it means to be free. 

SATURDAY 9TH MAY: Liberation 75 Concert (organised by Music in Action) 

On Saturday 9th May at 6pm, ArtHouse Jersey Presents will host Music in Action’s special Liberation concert, a programme of music from choirs and orchestras featuring classical music, songs from musicals and songs from World War II. 

Join Jersey artists and international stars taking part including Georgi Mottram, Musical Originals, the Jersey Sings! choir, Rebecca Lawrence, the Aureole Community Choir, and the Jersey Chamber Orchestra. Isolated in countries around the world, from Greece to the USA you will see international soloists Victoria Simmonds, Eamonn Dougan, the Ballet D’Avignon, violinist Harriet Mackenzie and accordionist Milos Milivojevic. Like at the Remembrance concerts at the Albert Hall, there will be a huge variety of music performed from wartime songs to Bach, Cole Porter to Arnesen, and George Gershwin to Verdi. 

Optimistic Voices (performance curated by ArtHouse Jersey) 

The Optimistic Voices have long been delighting audiences with their cocktail of 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s songs & delectable harmonies, and have been central to Jersey’s Liberation Day celebrations for many years. Disappointed that they are unable to perform for everyone in person, they will be providing us with something harmonious and suitably celebratory which ArtHouse Jersey Presents will share on Liberation Day itself. 

A Postcard From… The Past: Occupation Survivors (produced by ArtHouse Jersey) 

As part of the official Liberation 75 celebrations, ArtHouse Jersey commissioned artist Helen Marshall of The People's Picture to create a large scale mosaic portrait to be displayed in St Helier called The Face of Liberation. The artwork, which will feature over 6,000 Jersey faces, will be displayed later this year. Part of that project was trying to find ‘the face’, the person whose image would be depicted in the final artwork. In this series of short podcasts, broadcaster Carrie Cooper spoke with a number of Occupation survivors about memories of that time. The podcasts will be made available on the morning of Liberation Day itself via ArtHouse Jersey Presents. 

Director of ArtHouse Jersey, Tom Dingle, said: "We are delighted to be presenting this feast of entertainment that I think offers something for everyone on this important anniversary. The programme that will be offered represents a huge amount of work and artistic ingenuity by a great number of people and local organisations. It certainly gives us plenty to be proud of and much to look forward to as we emerge from this time of isolation and reflect on the experiences and sacrifices made by people in the past that we still benefit from to this day."

ArtHouse Jersey Press Release.

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