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Jersey's new anthem
By Ryan Morrison
Island Home by Gerard le Feuvre won the selection to become the islands national anthem.
After months of hard work the new anthem for Jersey was selected at a special event at the Opera House on Thursday 1 May 2008.
Island Home by Gerard Le Feuvre has been chosen to become Jersey's new official anthem.
The lyrics to Island Home are:
Ours is an Island home
The beauty of our land
Can you imagine singing this tune with crowds of other islanders at a ceremonial occasion or major sporting event?
The Jersey Festival Choir sang each of the five shortlisted songs first and then the audience joined in to test its crowd-pleasing singability.
Announcing the winner the Bailiff, who was one of the five Judges, says 'Island Home' won by a clear majority.
In his summing up speech the Bailiff talked of Jersey as a nation.
He said "As we all know, there are occasions, both sporting and cultural, when we need a national song by which to identify ourselves.
"But it goes much deeper than that. We are a small nation with our own laws, history and heritage; our own parliament, flag and traditions.
"We are not England, nor the UK, nor France; we are Jersey. We have our own separate identity, and most of us are very proud of that."
Winning the competition isn't the end of tests for the new anthem however.
'Island Home' still needs to be ratified by the States and if a groundswell of islanders decide they don't like the choice, there is still the possibility of the anthem decision being overturned by States members.
The new anthem will be first sung in its official capacity on Liberation Day.
The politician responsible for the search for a Jersey anthem, Deputy Caroline Labey, thinks it will work well sung by athletes, crowds and choristers alike.
She told BBC Jersey: "It's got to be something you can sing along to in the right key. I absolutely love Beautiful Jersey but I can't sing it. Tere's something about the key that I cannot just sing in that pitch."
The composer of Jersey's new anthem says he hopes it will give islanders a feeling of unity when they sing it.
'Island Home' is by St Ouen's Gerard Le Feuvre and he says Jersey's other patriotic songs will always have an important role.
He told us that "when I wrote this anthem I wrote it in such a way that you could sing Beautiful Jersey and Ma Normandie and a childrens song and my anthem all at the same time.
"It was always my vision that we would stand united and we will never stop singing Beautiful Jersey. I will never stop singing Beautiful Jersey, I sang it with my kids yesterday."
There will also be a Jerriais version of the anthem made available soon.
Gerard Le Fuevre says the inspiration for his music is firmly rooted in Jerrais poetry and in traditional folk music, which he says Jersey needs to keep from disappearing.
last updated: 01/05/2008 at 18:04
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