Young People Guernsey holds free marathon piano recital at Beau Sejour on 6 November 2011

November 1st, 2011 by Young People Guernsey

The local charity Young People Guernsey (YPG) has organised a marathon piano recital from 8 am to 6 pm on Sunday 6 November 2011 in the lobby at Beau Sejour Leisure Centre, St Peter Port, Guernsey.

Over 40 local performers of all ages will provide constant music throughout the day by playing a grand piano specially placed in Beau Sejour’s lobby.

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The marathon is to raise awareness and to raise funds for the charity’s appeal to open an advice, guidance and information centre for 11 to 16 year olds, in partnership with Barnardo’s – the UK’s largest children’s charity.

YPG will commission Barnardo’s to recruit, train and manage local professionals to provide independent expert support to young teenagers, whatever the issues or problems that they are facing.

“YPG is all about supporting young people and many of the pianists playing on Sunday will be children. All of the pianists performing have sought sponsorship from family and friends and we shall also have collecting buckets out on the day.

However, more than just raising funds, the marathon is about giving young people an opportunity to perform and show the island their commitment and talent” said YPG chairwoman Jane St. Pier. “We are going to have a great day with some of the island’s top performers playing: Richard Long is performing for 30 minutes at 1 pm, and Simon Torode is closing the marathon with an hour’s concert of his singing and playing from 5 ‘til 6 pm.

We are very grateful to all of the pianists who have practised hard for the day and also to the many people involved in organising the marathon.”

The event will be opened by Guernsey’s Minister for Culture and Leisure, Deputy Mike O’Hara at 8 am – and the music will not stop for the next 10 hours. The event is free and everyone is invited to stop by and hear some wonderful music and find out more about the YPG charity.

The charity launched its public fund raising campaign in June, and since then has raised over £90,000. YPG can now confirm that their centre for young teenagers will definitely open in 2012 and the charity are extremely grateful for all of the financial support they have received to date.

However, with annual running costs of £150,000 per year, they really need continued support from the Guernsey community to ensure the project’s sustainability.


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