14 choirs to par­tic­i­pate in the first edi­tion of the Gozo In­ter­na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter for Gozo An­ton Re­falo launched the first edi­tion of the Gozo In­ter­an­tional Choir Fes­ti­val. For the first time ever in Gozo, four­teen choirs hail­ing from Gozo, Italy, the UK, Es­to­nia and Hun­gary will con­vene and per­form in three prom­i­nent vil­lage parish churches – St Peter and St Paul’s Basil­ica in Nadur, the Na­tiv­ity of Our Lady’s Basil­ica in Xagħra, and St John’s im­pos­ing Ro­tunda in Xewk­ija.

Min­is­ter for Gozo noted that ush­er­ing the best of Christ­mas­tide, the Gozo In­ter­na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val will be a unique op­por­tu­nity for the gen­eral pub­lic to en­joy a wide reper­toire of songs and sea­sonal carols in the heart of some of the most charm­ing vil­lage cores.

Cho­ral ac­tiv­ity in Gozo has char­ac­terised the small town­scapes, es­pe­cially dur­ing the fes­tive pe­ri­ods, as much as the ur­ban ar­chi­tec­ture it­self. Just as ev­ery town and vil­lage prided its own basil­ica or ro­tunda, with iconic domes and steeples, ev­ery com­mu­nity manned and sus­tained some kind of children or se­niors choir. This iconic role of cho­ral ac­tiv­ity will be cel­e­brated as lo­cal choirs join in­ter­na­tional ones in one big fes­ti­val of cho­ral singing.

Fur­ther­more, it will also pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal cho­ral bod­ies to demon­strate the great strides that choir singing has reg­is­tered in the last decades so much so in­ter­na­tional lev­els, suc­cesses and rep­u­ta­tions have been reached and main­tained.

With all this in mind, Euro Art Pro­duc­tions (Italy) and Leon Pro­mo­tions (Malta) have teamed up to cre­ate the first Gozo In­ter­na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val. Both com­pa­nies have a vast ex­pe­ri­ence in or­gan­is­ing such in­ter­na­tional events both lo­cally and even in var­i­ous other Euro­pean coun­tries.

“It is thus, a plea­sure for the Min­istry for Gozo to host this first edi­tion of the Gozo In­ter­na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val, in a bid to en­hance our sig­nif­i­cant mu­si­cal cul­ture and en­cour­age a healthy di­a­logue with other Euro­pean coun­ter­parts.” said Min­is­ter Re­falo.

The Fes­ti­val will kick off on Fri­day 9th De­cem­ber at two dif­fer­ent venues, the St. Peter and St. Paul Basil­ica at Nadur and the Na­tiv­ity of our Lady Basil­ica at Xaghra. Both con­certs will start at 6.30pm and each will fea­ture six dif­fer­ent choirs per­form­ing the best songs from their reper­toire as well as some Christ­mas carols fit for the sea­son.

The fi­nal night of the Gozo In­ter­na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val 2016 will be held on Satur­day 10th De­cem­ber at the St. John the Bap­tist Ro­tunda, Xewk­ija at 6.30pm and will fea­ture per­for­mances by eight dif­fer­ent choirs, fol­lowed by pre­sen­ta­tions of par­tic­i­pa­tion cer­tifi­cates by the Min­is­ter of Gozo.

The Choirs par­tic­i­pat­ing are the fol­low­ing:

Aurora Youth Choir – Gozo Regina An­gelo­rium Choir – Gozo Soldanella di Bren­ton­ico Choir Italy Gauli­tanus Choir - Gozo Rello Choir - Es­to­nia Lau­date Pueri Choir - Gozo La Presolana Choir – Italy Voci An­geliche Choir - Gozo Family Singers Vo­cal En­sem­ble Choir - Hun­gary Pic­cole Stelle Choir - Gozo Lau­damus Choir - Italy Mag­ni­fi­cat Choir - Gozo Cram­mer Company of Singers Choir – UK Cho­rus Ur­banus – Gozo

The en­trance for all men­tioned con­certs is free of charge. For more in­for­ma­tion, one can either reach Leon Pro­mo­tions on 79408607 or else send an e-mail to info@leon­pro­mo­tions.net

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