Sarnia Festival Arts (SFA) has been organising and promoting the Victor Hugo International Music Festival since its inception in 2002. The first weeklong music festival marked the bicentenary of Hugo’s birth and was such a success that similar events have been held on a biennial basis ever since. The festival has been generously supported by a number of local businesses as well as the Guernsey Arts Commission and has successfully attracted a number of high calibre musicians from around the world including Nicola Benedetti, The Berlin Philharmonic Octet and many other international names.

Sarnia Festival Arts is working closely with the management of St James in devising a programme of chamber music for the next couple of years.

The focus of our plan is largely based on the selection of young musicians from the UK and Europe that have achieved recognition either in such schemes as the BBC New Generation Artists or as winners of major international competitions. Watch this space for details of the musicians soon to be announced.

In the meantime we are committed to a concert to mark the re-opening of Hauteville House in the Spring of 2019. It will feature songs composed by Adele Hugo performed by local vocalists probably before an invited audience. French composer Richard Dubugnon will give a talk on Adele's music which he has edited.

Another concert is planned for 7 May 2020 for the return of the marvellous Pavel Haas Quartet which will also include a string quintet.

Other names being considered include the Arcadia Quartet performing one of the Bartok quartets, all of which have recently been recorded by the Arcadia to great acclaim. They will be joined by pianist Alexandra Dariescu on a date to be determined.

The SFA team is now offering a unique service to potential sponsors of music concerts, working with them to source artists and performers on a one off bespoke basis. Drawing on its many years of experience bringing musicians to the island, SFA will support sponsors in the organisation and the promotion of the events, helping them gain the maximum benefit from their investment.

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