Cultural Calendar – May 2012

As every year in Jersey the month of May will abound in cultural events, there will be something for everyone: amateurs of music, comedy, dance and a good film.

Tue 1st May

Heath Quartet – winner of the first prize at the Tromp International competition in Eindhoven and second prize at the Haydn International Competition in Vienna, the quartet will perform Haydn, Mendelssohn and Tchaikowsky;
(Jersey Art Centre, 8pm, tickets: £17.00)

Heath Quartet

Heath Quartet

Thu 3rd May

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – touching and true story told in a film directed by Julian Schnabel :a journalist suffers a stroke at 43, leaving him completely paralysed except for his eyelids. Eventually he’s able to communicate his story to speech therapist Henriette by blinking.
(Jersey Art Centre, 8pm, tickets: £5.00)

Sat 5th May

For those who enjoy feel-good hysterical comedies, Jersey Opera House have My big gay Italian wedding  – music and dance filled extravaganza that has been receiving excellent reviews for four years now. The performance starts at 8 pm and the tickets are available at £16.00.

Sun 6th May

Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth will perform a traditional Military Band Concert repertoire. The band is known to be among the most versatile in the world and is well loved for the splendour of its ceremonial uniform and superb musicianship. The Gala Concert will start at 7:30pm and will be led by Captain Richard Long. The tickets ( £17 – £23 ) can be purchased from Jersey Opera House box office.

The fourth Liberation Jersey Music Festival will start on 9th May and will star over fifteen internationally acclaimed artists. The programme includes the following events:

Wed 9th May

Al Fresco Concert at The Weighbridge : a selection of the international soloists will perform a programme of well known waltzes and tangos at the Weighbridge – the location where the liberating forces landed;
(Weighbridge, 1:00pm, free entry)

Liberation Celebration : Mozart, Clarinet Quintet; Traditional Folk Songs performed by Laura Wright; Dvorak – Piano Quintet in A major
(Jersey Opera House, 8pm, tickets from £16.00)


Thursday  10th May

Liberation Film Night: Chopin’s Nocturne in C minor and Polonaise Brillante performed by international soloist Wu Qian followed by The Pianist – excellent film, winner of 3 Academy Awards;
(Jersey Opera House, 7pm, tickets from £10.00)

Fanfare in the Royal Square celebrating the Polish 307 Air Squadron who liberated Jersey in 1945.
(Royal Square, 1:15pm, free entry)

Friday 11th May

Liberation Reflection: a string quartet will perform Gorecki’s atmospheric second String Quartet Quasi una Fantasia.
(Noirmont Command Bunker, 1:00 pm, ticekts: £5.00)

 Mozart Requiem performed by Jersey Chamber Orchestra, soloists from the Royal Opera House and a top London choir: Mozart, Requiem Mass in D minor; Handel, Gloria for soprano and Orchestra, Szymanowski, Etude Op4, No3
(St. Thomas’s Church , 8:00pm, tickets from £15.00)

Warsaw Uprising: poems of the Polish Nobel winning poet Czeslaw Milosz set to music performed by the Retorica violin duo;
(Mont Orgueil Castle, 3:00pm, tickets: £15.00)

Saturday 12th May

Liberation Gala by European Union Chamber Orchestra with soloists Alexander Sitkovetsky and Wu Qian will feature Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso;
(Jersey Opera House, 8pm, tockets from £10.00)

Sunday 13th May

Jazz at Hamptonne classic melodies headlined by award winning star Joe Stilgoe and his jazz trio;
(Hamptonne, 1:00pm, tickets from £15.00)

An Evening of Music and Dance with Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. The wonderful melodies of Cole Porter, Gershwin and others will be performed live by Joe Stilgoe and his band and interpreted by the SCD stars through a variety of dance styles. An evening not to be missed!
(Fort Regent, 8pm, tickets from £25.00)

For a change of atmosphere after the Liberation Festival events, Jersey Opera House recommends Guilty Pleaseures, a raunchy comedy following the misadventures of a spa owner and his hilarious staff of fantasy men trying to fulfil the special requests of their demanding female clients.

The play from the producers of The Naked Truth with an all star cast.
(Jersey Opera House, from Wednesday 16th to Saturday 19th May , tickets from £11.50)

Fri 18th May

Cantabile – the band has been delighting audiences since 1982 with their diverse range of programmes, from a cappella favourites to the sacred music of the millennium.
( Jersey Art Centre, 8pm, tickets: £17.00)

From Tusesday 22nd to Saturday 26th May the Jersey Gilbert and Sullivan Society will present The Yeomen of the Guard. A large, colourfully costumed cast, supported by a full orchestra. Certainly worth to see, especially in this Diamond Jubilee Year!!!
(Jersey Opera House, 8pm, tickets:£16.00)

Sun 27th May

Foodie Film Festival: as a part of the Jersey Food Festival JAC offers the selection of cinema’s gratest food-themed film! Come and see Ratatouille, Julie&Julia or Chocolat!
(Jersey Arts Centre, from 10:00 am, admission free but tickets must be obtained in advance)

Ratatouille © Pixar Animation Studios

Ratatouille © Pixar Animation Studios

Tue 29th May

Amici Artium presents… Paul Lewis – internationally recognised as one of the leading pianist of his generation.
The artist will perform a selection a Schubert’s musical pieces.
(Jersey Art Centre, 8pm, tickets £19.00)

Thu 31st May

Candoco Dance Company will celebrate dance through time, presenting different ways of making dance and building on their rich experience as the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Please note, the above is only a broad outline of the cultural events in Jersey in May 2012. For more detailed information about shows, please visit  and

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