4th Mak­ing Mu­sic Malta In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val a re­sound­ing suc­cess

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Four con­certs were held be­tween 11 and 15 Oc­to­ber for the fourth edi­tion of ‘Glo­ria’, Mak­ing Mu­sic Malta In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val un­der the pa­tron­age of the Min­is­ter for Jus­tice, Cul­ture and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Dr Owen Bon­nici.

The North West Fes­ti­val Choir un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr John Bethell MBE per­formed var­i­ous choral cho­ruses from An­to­nio Vi­valdi’s ‘Glo­ria’, Luigi Cheru­bini’s, Gabriel Fauré’s and Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Re­quiem’ mass to­gether with a se­lec­tion of pieces from Felix Men­delssohn’s or­a­to­rio ‘Eli­jah’ and Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart’s ‘Solemn Ves­pers’ con­clud­ing with Ge­orge Frid­eric Han­del’s ‘Hal­lelu­jah’ from the Mess­siah.

Lo­cal so­prano Stephanie De­gior­gio Wis­mayer, bass Al­bert But­tigieg and or­gan­ist Gra­ham Kirk­land ac­com­pa­ned the choir dur­ing the week.

Con­certs were held in par­ish chirches of Birżeb­buġa, Ħal Safi and Ħ’At­tard and a fi­nal per­for­mance was given when the choir sang the hymns for the Sun­day ser­vice at St. Paul’s Pro-Cathe­dral and af­ter gave a short recital at The Un­der­croft.

On be­half od the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, Alexis Cal­lus men­tioned that dis­cus­sions had al­ready started for the 5th Glo­ria that will hope­fully take place in Oc­to­ber 2019. Dr John Bethell said”This was the best Glo­ria ever, I am de­lighted to be back in Malta and look for­ward ot may more re­turnes.” The fes­ti­val choir, formed from mem­bers of var­i­ous choirs in the North West of the Bri­tish Iles and the Isle of Man, as­sem­bled in Malta for the week of mak­ing mu­sic and only got to­gether for a gen­eral re­hearsal af­ter land­ing last week. Their ex­pe­ri­ance in the slected pieces and the skill of John Bethell were the main in­gre­di­ants of the over­all suc­cess.

This event is made pos­si­ble with the as­sis­tance of the Malta Tourism Author­ity, the Lo­cal Coun­cils and the Parishes of Birżeb­buġa, Safi and At­tard to­gether with the rec­tor of St. Paul’s Pro-Cathe­dral Rev. Can. Si­mon God­frey. Fur­ther sup­port was also given by Bio-D nat­u­ral clan­ing prod­ucts and Spher­i­cal de­sign.

The North West Fes­ti­val Choir at the Safi con­cert

Dr John Bethell MBE

Al­bert But­tigieg, bass

Stephanie De­gorigo Wis­mayer, so­prano

Gra­ham Kirk­land, or­gan­ist

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