Tour to Jersey in 2014

Georgetown St Helier Poster 72dpi 800px htTraditionally, our biennial tours have taken us to Northern Europe, but for our eighth tour we decided to take to the skies with British Airways on October 29, and head for the beautiful, sunny island of Jersey.

Our party numbered seventy, including Nick, our Musical Director, and Adrian, our accompanist, and twenty-three supporters. For our five-day tour we stayed at the Merton Hotel, perfectly located in St. Saviour and an easy stroll to the town of St Helier with its coastal walks, harbours, museums, shops and plethora of eateries!

Our ‘Thursday Night is Music Night’ concert was held in Georgetown Methodist Church, with excerpts taken from our summer 2014 light music programme. We received an exceptionally lively and appreciative reception from the audience, with donations totalling £600 towards replacing the leaking church windows.

The following day we enjoyed a full-day tour of the island, with an Poppy Appeal Concert_70itinerary designed to show us exactly why Jersey is renowned for its wonderful beaches and scenery, starting with a private, guided tour of the Jersey States Building and ending with a visit to Noirmont German Bunker. Jersey’s occupation during WW2 makes fascinating history.

Jersey Island Singers had invited us to join them for the ‘Poppy Appeal 100 Voice Concert’ on the Saturday, November 1st, at the Catholic Church of St. Mary and St. Peter. A very well received and truly memorable occasion, conducted by Nick, with Jersey baritone, organist, and a cellist who played a most moving rendition of Benedictus from ‘The Armed Man’. Our own soprano soloist, Tamsen Flack, sang beautifully the Pie Jesu from ‘Fauré Requiem’. Together, the two choirs raised an astonishing £2000 for the Poppy Appeal!

Rain on our last day! But this did not deter us from enjoying our End-of-Tour Carvery Lunch at the Pomme d’Or Hotel; a three-course feast! Then to the airport, replete, eventually arriving in Daventry late evening.

Our special thanks to the welcoming people of Jersey, and most especially, to the Jersey Island Singers for their help and support in making our tour such an enjoyable success.

Di Ward
Jersey Tour Manager

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Photos by members of the choir


‘Thursday Night is Music Night’
Georgetown Methodist Church, 8.00 pm, Thursday Oct 30th

I got rhythm George and Ira Gershwin, arr. Christopher Clapham
Bridge over troubled water Simon & Garfunkel, arr. Clyde Sechler
No particular place to go Chuck Berry, arr. N. Scott-Burt
Sealed with a kiss Udell/Geld, arr. N. Scott-Burt
Ticket to ride Lennon/McCartney, arr. N. Scott-Burt

Nicholas Scott-Burt on Piano
Basin Street Blues
Don’t get around much anymore Duke Ellington

Londonderry Air Trad. Irish, arr. Bob Chilcott
Beach Boys Medley: Wilson/Love/Fassert/Asher, arr. Jack Long
Sloop John B
Barbara Ann
In the Mood Joe Garland, arr. Peter Gritton
Summertime Gershwin/Hayward, arr. N. Scott-Burt
Soprano: Tamsen Flack

Nicholas Scott-Burt on Piano
Summertime Gershwin
Windmills of your mind Michel le Grand

Deep Purple De Rose/Parish, arr. N. Scott-Burt
Blue Moon Rodgers/Hart arr. David Blackwell
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen, arr. N. Scott-Burt

Conductor: Nicholas Scott-Burt
Accompanist: Adrian Moore
Compère: Martin Heath

Concert in Aid of the Poppy Appeal
Catholic Church of St Mary and St Peter, 8pm, Saturday Nov 1st

Part One: DCS only

Missa Canonica Nicholas Scott-Burt
Requiem Gabriel Fauré
Soprano: Tamsen Flack
Baritone: Nick Freeland
Accompanist: Adrian Moore


Part Two: DCS and Jersey Island Singers

Excerpts from Armed Man Karl Jenkins
Baritone: Nick Freeland
Cello: Gerald Le Feuvre

I Was Glad Hubert Parry

Conductor: Nicholas Scott-Burt
Accompanist: Malcolm Whittle