Victor Hugo lived for over 15 years in Guernsey where he wrote many of his great works. The bicentenary of his birth was marked in 2002 with a week-long international music festival, which was rated a success. Memorable performances were given by Véronique Gens, Jean-Philippe Collard, the Ysaye String Quartet, The Harp Consort and the English Chamber Orchestra. The festival began with a concert given by Camera Obscura in Hugo’s remarkable home, Hauteville House, St Peter Port. Owned by the City of Paris, it is open to the public from April to September.

Victor Hugo’s poetry has inspired many composers to write hundreds of songs. It is intended future festivals will include The Hugo Recital so that many of these songs may be performed in Guernsey. In particular, new songs will be commissioned in the hope that The Hugo Recital may become a vehicle through which many more may be accepted in the repertoire.

The second festival is held from 25 September to 3 October and the third festival from 23 September to 1 October 2006.





 

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