This autumn sees the centenary year of the end of fighting on land, sea and air in World War I. To mark this highly significant moment, The New Choral Singers will hold an evening of remembrance and choral music dedicated to those who have sacrificed themselves in the war, as well as reflect on Malta’s contribution as a place for respite and recuperation of the veterans during the bloody conflict.

The New Choral Singers. Photo credit: Luciano Bianco

As part of the evening, The New Choral Singers, together with a brass and percussion ensemble set up for this event, will be presenting the international premiere of ‘The Great War Symphony.’ Written by British composer Patrick Hawes, former Classic FM composer in residence, the work has recently premiered at London’s ‘Royal Albert Hall.’ It is a musical monument to all those who lost their lives in World War I, with each movement depicting a different year of the Great War. It uses poems written in and about the War to evoke feelings and thoughts about the sacrifices made and the strength of human will.

The singers, brass, and percussion ensemble, will be under the direction of the choir’s Musical Director, Mauro Farrugia, whilst world-acclaimed Wayne Marshall will be accompanying them on the organ. Soprano Claire Debono and Tenor Juan Gambina will be guest soloists.

Wayne Marshall

This event will take place at St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta, on Sunday 4 November 2018 at 7.30pm. Entry is free of charge and no reservation is required. However, a retiring collection will be made in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation. Patrons are requested to be seated by 7.20pm.

The Undercroft Café, located right under the Pro-Cathedral, will be open for refreshments both before and after the event. More information is on the choir’s website.

Cover photo: Mark Cilia