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No Work, All Play!

Guernsey’s School of popular menu offers a fully inclusive and bespoke service like no other tuition currently available in the Channel Islands. Where else can you learn Drums, Guitar, Piano;; and even how to sing? SOPM is all you will need to achieve your musical goals.

As Friedrich Nietzsche once said – ‘Without music life would be a mistake’. We embrace the ethos of contemporary music by making it fun and hugely beneficial for the development of the student. Everybody is welcome with open arms. The School of Popular Music offers an exceptional experience for children and adults of all ages. So come and have some fun!

The School of Popular Music offers ‘Saturday Sessions’ where children and young adults can meet fellow musicians of a similar age, learn different instruments and jam together;; eventually forming bands. Private lessons are available for over 10 different instruments, making sure that everyone is living up to their full potential. There will also be courses running throughout the year for the more experienced musicians such as advanced drum courses and jazz guitar!

Founder of the school Tyler Edmonds said – ‘I think popular music is neglected here in Guernsey. I also believe that music needs to be fun to keep people interested. Don’t be intimidated by the name ‘school’. This is a place for everyone that loves music and wants to be a part of it. It’s a lot more than just learning an instrument. It’s perseverance, patience and willpower. When you learn about music you learn a whole lot more than just music.’

Don’t miss out! You can register now at or send a direct message to Places are filling up fast… 


TCP want you!

The Town Centre Partnership is asking young musicians to sign up to showcase their talent at its Market Square gig series returns on 10 May and continues each Saturday lunchtime (12.15pm and 1.30 pm) until 27 September.

The return of the series has been made possible by sponsorship from Brooks Macdonald, for the third consecutive year. The events will once again run in conjunction with the Candie Garden concert series, held every Sunday (3-4pm) from 11 May to 28 September and made possible by Town Centre Partnership’s longstanding primary sponsor the Ana Leaf Foundation.

Jack Honeybill, executive officer of the Town Centre Partnership said he was hoping to see some new acts coming forward to perform in Market Square and is looking forward to welcoming the wealth of young talent in the island. He wants to hear from any bands or solo artists that would like to perform in Market Square.

‘The events are a great way for Guernsey’s youth to showcase their work and help liven up St. Peter Port. Holding a total of 42 open air concerts throughout the busy summer period is a big undertaking and we are extremely grateful to both of our sponsors,’ he said. The events also coincide with the Town Carnival, which runs this year from 19 to 26 July.

So if you’re a young musician and would like to perform at the Market Square events can contact jack Honeybill 

directly by emailing:


Big Names & Short Stories 

Guernsey Literary Festival.  5-18 May.

We’re only a matter of weeks away from the 2014 Guernsey Literary Festival. They have recently announced their latest big name signing, Prime Suspect author Lynda La Plante. 

The multi-BAFTA winner will speak about her work at an evening event at St James on the opening day of this year’s festival. La Plante has created some of the best-known crime dramas on television, including Widows, Trial and Retribution, Above Suspicion and Prime Suspect. Leading up to the festival there is the chance for aspiring young authors to have their short stories read by a worldwide audience as part of this year’s The Write Stuff competition. Technology sponsor JT is taking the annual competition a step further by creating an App for all winning and highly commended entries.

The challenge of this year’s competition, now in its third year, is to place the dialogue: ‘Everything you have just told me is a complete and utter lie. Now tell me the truth and we might both live’ in the middle section of a maximum 300 word story. The competition is open to all Channel Island students in three age categories; primary; intermediate and secondary. An App, which is being created by JT, will enable the winning entries to be illustrated and presented in a digital format that can be shared among a wider audience through tablets, smartphones and Kindle readers.The competition launched back in February but there is still time to submit an entry as the closing date isn’t until Tuesday 15 April.

Full details of the competition, prizes and how to enter is found on , online from Ticket prices £10 for big name speakers at non-Hub events, £6 at the Hub and £4 for under-18s.


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