CHRISTMAS WITH BBC PROMS VIRTUOSO AND THE NEW CHORAL SINGERS

Are you looking to enjoy traditional carols such as Ding! Dong! Merrily on High, O Gesu Helwa Tarbija, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen? Here’s an opportunity to listen to them, along with selected pieces from contemporary composers and songs dating back to the 16th century from a choir led by the world acclaimed conductor Wayne Marshall!

‘The New Choral Singers’ will perform their annual seasonal concert entitled “Musical Tidings” on Tuesday 19 December 2017 at St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta, and Friday 22 December 2017 at Floriana Parish Church under the direction of BBC Proms virtuoso organist and conductor, Wayne Marshall, and the choir’s resident conductor, Mauro Farrugia.

Marshall is currently chief conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne, as well as organist and associate artist of the Bridgewater Hall. Under the musical guidance of Mauro Farrugia, this being his first Christmas with the group, the choir has carefully prepared an expansive range of Christmas carols that are bound to appeal to audiences of all ages.

Photo credit: Charlie Best

The audience will enjoy Wayne Marshall’s skills on the organ and, in the spirit of Christmas, will be invited to join the choir in song for some traditional favourites. Entrance is free, although the organisers hope that the audience will donate generously to raise funds for the Pro-Cathedral and the Karl Vella Foundation.

Photo credit: S. Aquilina Fletcher

The Karl Vella Foundation provides educational and psychological support to children between the ages of 5 and 17 years who are going through a tough time because one of their parents or siblings have serious health problems. It was set up in May 2014, only a few months after the loss of Karl.

KVF, as the Foundation is known, operates from a small building in the Kitchen Garden, where children get help with their homework and studies, receive something to eat and drink, and take part in various activities for different age groups. Should the need arise, they are also helped by professional psychologists. All the services offered by KVF are absolutely free of charge.

These concerts are being held with the kind support of AtoZ Electronics, Floreal by Bjorn Borg, and Lewis Press.

Both performances begin at 7.30pm though it is recommended to arrive early to secure a seat. For more information, visit www.thenewchoralsingers.com and www.karlvellafoundation.org.