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.

Upcoming events

St James bicentenary year

Sarnia Festival Arts pays a tribute in St James bicentenary year.

The Bicentenary Concert will take the form of a narration interspersed with music to bring to life the story behind St James in which Admiral James Saumarez was inspired to commission its building. We will learn of his successes and the heartache he endured on the way. The story will also tell briefly of the hiatus when the States of Guernsey planned to convert it to a concert hall, then a police station, then again as a concert and assembly hall.

Narrated by David Foote the concert will include performances from musicians closely associated with St James such as the Coull Quartet, David Le Page violin, Tom Hicks piano and Casey-Joe Rumens baritone. The evening will close with the beautiful piano quintet by Dvorak.

Coull Quartet

“Here is a group, exceptionally intelligent and responsive, which gives freshness to any music it touches.” The Guardian
“Exquisite string playing, technical poise and genuine spirituality.” San Francisco Examiner
“String quartet playing at its very finest.” Culture Northern Ireland

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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