11 Jun 2014
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
St. John’s Co-Cathedral

The New Choral Singers 20th Anniversary Concert

As part of the choir’s 20th anniversary celebrations, The New Choral Singers, under the direction of Robert Calleja, will be presenting a concert of Sacred Music at St. John’s Co-Cathedral on Wednesday, 11th June 2014 at 7.30pm.

The group currently comprises about 60 members who, through a lot of dedication, have led the choir to become one of Malta’s foremost choirs. Apart from performing to packed audiences in a variety of localities around Malta, The New Choral Singers have also performed abroad, most recently in the Basilica Superiore di San Francesco, in Assisi, Italy, in a concert under the patronage of the Grandmaster of the Order of the Knights of St. John.

The upcoming concert features the world premier of “Three Choral Psalms” for choir and orchestra by Geoff Nobes, specifically written for the choir’s anniversary. Mr Nobes, an English choir director and musician himself, is a personal friend of the choir.

Two other premiers being performed on the night are “Consolamini” and “Ecce Agnus Dei” by Alex Vella Gregory for Mezzo Soprano and Bass Solos and orchestra.  These were also specifically composed for the choir’s anniversary concert.

Furthermore, the concert will revive music by the early 19th Century composer Pietro Paolo Bugeja, most specifically the “Laudate” and “Litania Della Beata Vergine Maria” for soloists, choir and orchestra, which have been sourced from the archives of the Franciscan Minor Conventuals and edited by the Choir Director, Robert Calleja.

The last part of the concert will feature the Malta premiere of “Song of Songs” by Patrick Hawes. This full work consists of six movements scored for soprano solo, choir, string orchestra and harp. This should prove to be an interesting listen for all music enthusiasts. Mr. Hawes is best known as composer-in-residence at Classic FM in the UK and for writing the ‘Highgrove Suite’ for HRH the Prince of Wales.

The guest soloists for the evening are Soprano Nicola Said, Mezzo Soprano May Caruana, Tenor Edward Camilleri and Bass Albert Buttigieg. The concert will also feature John Aquilina, resident organist at the Mdina Metropolitan Cathedral, who will be playing music by Boyvin, Bach, and Lebègue.

Entry to the public at St. John’s Co-Cathedral will be free of charge. However, donations in aid of the Malta Hospice Movement, who this year are also commemorating their 25th anniversary, would be greatly appreciated. Guests are kindly reminded to refrain from wearing narrow heels inside the Co-Cathedral.

The New Choral Singers will be presenting their 20th Anniversary Concert for choir, soloists and orchestra, at St. John’s Co-Cathedral on Wednesday 11 June 2014 at 7.30pm. Whilst entrance is free of charge, a collection in aid of Hospice Malta will be held. www.thenewchoralsingers.com


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