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The Achievements of the Guernsey Festival Chorus - "Festiva"

The Festival Chorus (more recently re-named "Festiva") was created 30 years ago (1985) by Musical Director, Roy Sarre, and grew rapidly to over 70 voices.

The Choir has had numerous successes over the years. It has filled churches and concert halls nationwide and featured on BBC and ITV television programmes as well as local radio. It has had notable successes in recent years in the Guernsey Eisteddfod and performs regularly in local events such as the Liberation Day, Arts Sunday, Carols in Town Square and other Guernsey celebrations. A proud moment was when the Choir took part in the 1,000 voice Choir at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and more recently a different 1,000 voice choir in 2010 (see below). The choir has also sung with 400 Welsh voices in St David's Hall, Cardiff. 

The Choir regularly tours Guernsey churches and performs annually in Sark. 
2002, the choir received a nomination for the Guiten Ambassador of the Year Award.
2003, the choir participated in "Voices for Hospices". 
2006, we featured in the BBC TV Songs of Praise programme and recorded three broadcasts for BBC Radio 2 Sunday Half Hour
May 9th 2010 the choir celebrated 65yrs since Guernsey's liberation by singing in the unique "Guernsey sings on Maynine" with over 1,000 voices - an outdoor concert held in the North Beach Car Park.

The Choir has also recorded two live concert CDs with the most recent Heart Sing produced in 2006. Details of all the CD's are shown below.

The Choir has the support of many professional Christian artists and performers, notably Jeffrey Howard, Rachael Howard and Kelvin Thomas, all from Wales, Alan McClure from Northern Ireland, and also Pam Rhodes of the Royal Schools of Church Music and BBC TV Songs of Praise.

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The CD's produced by the Choir and its leading vocalists include:                    

- "Joyful", featuring Jose Paine with arrangements by Jeffrey Howard (2011)     
- "On Track" featuring Jose Paine with Jeffrey and Rachael Howard (2006)
- "Heart Sing" from the Island Churches Guernsey Festival Chorus (2006) 
- "Offerings" from the Island Churches Guernsey Festval Chorus (2003)

If you are interested in any of these CD's, priced at £10 each, please visit our contact page and email one of us and we can discuss your order.

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 Guernsey Festival Chorus - "Festiva"- The Sound of Guernsey

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