Con­cert Tour to Poland by the St Paul Cham­ber Ensem­ble

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - MUSIC -

Af­ter its highly suc­cess­ful con­cert sea­son, the St Paul Cham­ber Ensem­ble, un­der the di­rec­tion of its prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor, Mro Mark Agius, is in its fi­nal stages of prepa­ra­tion be­fore leav­ing for its up­com­ing Con­cert Tour to Poland be­tween 4 and 10 Novem­ber, where it will once again col­lab­o­rate with the Ro­tondo Choir of Poz­nan to present two recitals of Mro Agius’ re­cent work, the Messa da Re­quiem, which was pre­miered at St John’s CoCathe­dral last March, in Poz­nan and Kepno re­spec­tively, as well as a recital of Sa­cred Mu­sic at the Arts and Cul­ture Cen- tre of Kal­isz and a mu­sic ap­pre­ci­a­tion work­shop for stu­dents with spe­cial needs.

The 45-piece orches­tra will be ac­com­pa­nied by lead­ing soloists Karen Gatt Dar­me­nia (so­prano), Miriam Camil­leri (alto), Joseph Aquilina (tenor) and Louis An­drew Cas­sar (bari­tone) and will be fur­ther com­ple­mented in its per­for­mances by eight Pol­ish mu­si­cians.

This tour is tak­ing place upon the ini­tia­tive of the Mal­tese Em­bassy in War­saw, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Spe­cial Needs School in Slu­pia, the Aper­tus As­so­ci­a­tion and the parish of St Pio di Pi­etrel­cina, Poz- nan as part of the cel­e­bra­tions of the 100th an­niver­sary of Pol­ish In­de­pen­dence and the 100th an­niver­sary of the Greater Poland Up­ris­ing and is the cul­mi­na­tion of the joint project, Con­cert of a Pa­tri­otic Song be­ing or­gan­ised by the Aper­tus As­so­ci­a­tion, the Me­d­ina Foun­da­tion for Mu­sic, of which the St Paul Cham­ber Ensem­ble is the per­for­mance pro­gramme, and the Ze­spół Szkół Spec­jal­nych w Słupi pod Kęp­nem.

The orches­tra’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in th­ese cel­e­bra­tions is partly dic­tated by the fact that Val­letta is the Cap­i­tal city for Cul­ture of 2018, and the orches­tra, as an am­bas­sador of this event, will al­low the pol­ish pub­lic to move spir­i­tu­ally to Val­letta. In­deed ev­ery ef­fort is be­ing made to en­sure that the ini­tia­tive is par­tic­u­larly ac­ces­si­ble to a large num­ber of dis­abled peo­ple from small towns who not only have lim­ited ac­cess to cul­ture but also can­not visit the Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture.

The ini­tia­tive is sup­ported by the Malta Arts Coun­cil and the Min­istry for For­eign Af­fairs and Trade Pro­mo­tion and en­dorsed by the Val­letta 18 Foun­da­tion.

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