Guernsey’s unique and charming character, drawn from the French and English influences that shape this Channel Island, provides the backdrop to the Victor Hugo International Music Festival to be held 18 – 28 September 2008. The festival takes the name of its best known resident of all time for it was in Guernsey that Victor Hugo found respite from his political foes for 15 years.

Highlights of the classical programme include such international musicians as pianist Piotr Anderszewski, baritone Jonathan Lemalu, the Psophos Quartet, the Cropper/Roscoe/Welsh piano trio and clarinettist Romain Guyot, playing the Mozart clarinet concerto with the Southbank Sinfonia.

At the heart of the festival will be the premier performance of songs based on Hugo’s poetry commissioned from French composer Guillaume Connesson and presented by Jonathan Lemalu and Roger Vignoles.

The Hugo Folk Festival, 18 – 21 Sept, features Portuguese and Latvian musicians, singers and dancers in traditional costumes. Simon Mayor and Hillary James top the bill, followed by a Ceilidh, all being held at Guernsey’s new Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre.

Look out for special offers on tickets when booking.

How to get to Guernsey
Follow our links to all major carriers or for a complete package follow the link to CI Travel.

The organisers of the Victor Hugo International Music Festival are delighted to acknowledge grant aid from Culture Guernsey and sponsorship of individual events by the companies whose logos appear in the navigation bar on the left.

‘Little pieces of France cast into the sea and picked up by England.’
Victor Hugo on the Channel Islands

‘If you are jaded with the mainstream music festivals, this is one well worth trying.’
Financial Times


Piotr Anderszewski

Piotr Anderszewski

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Plans for 2010
It is hoped to hold the Hugo Folk Festival 16 – 19 September 2010 and the Hugo Classical Festival 20 – 26 September 2010.