Category Archives: Music

We Want You!

Have an idea but need money to get it off the ground?  Guernsey Arts Commission could help!

The next date for funding applications is looming.  You have until Monday 1 March to get your application in.

In 2009 we supported over 50 projects ranging from music to theatre, film to poetry and this year we want to support more.  We are looking for exciting, creative and different projects to support financially throughout 2010.  So if you have an idea, contact us we would love to hear from you.

You can download an application form from our website or you can come in and collect one from our offices.  We are based in the Guernsey Information Centre, just opposite the Crown Pier.

If you have any questions regarding the application process you can call Jo – the new Arts Development Office on 749268 and she’ll be happy to help answer any queries you may have.


A busy start!

Our new Community Arts Development Officer Laura Simpson has now been with us for two months and has been very busy already.  As well as our sucessful series of half term workshops, Laura has been out and about giving the opportunity for community organisations to have a go at drama, movement, music, puppetry or creative writing.  Nearly 500 people aged 3 to adult participated in the workshop programme, which was greatly enjoyed by all who took part:

The session created interaction between group members we haven’t seen before. (Youthgroup leader) 

Can Laura come again? (Special needs participant) 

Could we do music and singing another time? (Cub pack) 

We’d love to do a whole show. (Youth group)

 We felt part of Laura’s team. (School)

 I liked everything! (Infant participant)

All the children felt involved and activities suited the children of various ages. (School)

 I have never seen that group engage in an activity for so long before (teacher, special needs school)

 Could have done with a longer session – the children were enjoying it so much (teacher)

 We’ll definitely try this again (Cub leader)


So now it’s your turn!  Do you work with an organisation you thing would benefit from taking part in the arts?  Perhaps you’ve got an idea for a project but don’t know where to start, or maybe you just need some inspiration.  Get in touch with Laura on or 749262 and join in the fun!

SOUND (Advice) – Music Workshop

Guitar workshop held last month

Guitar workshop held last month

Saturday 31st October 2009
Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts
Free workshop
Everyone welcome

The GAC Music sub-committee are pleased to announce that Mark Guillou will lead the next Music Workshop at the Performing Arts Centre on 31st October.  

The Session will be focused on live sound and Mark will be talking through and demonstrating setting up a PA for a pub gig, how to get the best out of your equipment, and the sound man

He will also give a guided tour of his PA system which will be set up from the previous night’s Rock of Ages and there will be live band on hand to demonstrate everything that is discussed.

 “This is a great opportunity for all musicians, as quality of sound is crucial to all bands” , says Russ Fossey, Chair of the Music sub-committee.

Free Drum Workshops – August 24th

Talking Drums Workshop – 24th August 2009
from 7.00pm at the Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts.

An initiative of the Music sub-committee, the free Talking Drums workshops were launched in July and mark the first in a series of planned free workshops, which will include guitar, live sound and recording. The workshops are run by local musicians for local musicians and also those interested in learning or developing skills. All levels of experience are welcome.

The aim of the workshop initiative is to build a stronger community amongst musicians and give an opportunity for sharing tips and advice.

To book your place or for further information contact Russ Fossye (Chair of the Music sub-committee) on




Music Meets Art: Public Lecture with Sir Peter Blake

Music Meets Art
Mark Ellen interviews Sir Peter Blake

Performing Arts Centre,
Friday 22nd May 2009
7.30 pm (doors and bar open at 7.00 pm)
Tickets are £6.00

Since his emergence in the early 60s as a key member of the burgeoning Pop Art movement, Sir Peter Blake has been one of the best-known British artists of his generation. As part of the Guernsey College of Further Education, International Artist in Residence Programme, and in partnership with the Guernsey Arts Commission and HSBC Private Bank, Sir Peter Blake will be interviewed by Mark Ellen (Editor of The WORD magazine) on the topic of ‘Music Meets Art’.

Tickets are now available via
Ensure to book early to avoid disappointment!