1. ITV Report

Will this year's Jersey Sings concert go ahead?

28 schools have been working on the music for 4 months.

This year's Jersey Sings concert could be cancelled, due to a lack of funding.

1500 young performers across 28 schools take part in the event.

The charity that organises the concert, Music in Action, claim they have only just been told that by the Government that funding will not be given.

The event is due to take place at Trinity Showground on 19 and 20 June.

So many people have put so much into Jersey Sings 2019. We now need help and are appealing to the States, businesses and islanders to help us. Currently, without more funding, the event and the charity is under threat.

– James Mews, Chairman of Music in Action.

But the Education Minister say this claim is wrong, and that Music in Action were given nine months notice.

Music in Action were aware nine months ago that we were not in a position to provide funding in 2019, therefore it is incorrect to state that notice only came ten days before the event.

There is genuine partnership working between Education and Music in Action, so this extremely last minute approach to ask for additional costs for re-locating from Fort Regent is entirely inappropriate.

– Senator Tracey Vallois, Jersey's Minister for Education

After a meeting between the two parties this afternoon, it seems that the event could be back on.

Following a positive meeting with James Mews, who chairs Music in Action, we are all committed to ensuring that the children who’ve been preparing for next week’s ‘Jersey Sings!’ performance are able to continue with it.

I have asked officers to look into what support the government can provide to enable our ongoing partnership with Music in Action to continue on this and wider music projects.

– Senator Tracey Vallois, Jersey's Minister for Education
  • Updates to follow...