Sing it loud, sing it proud... Kor Malta launched

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

■ Ron­ald Cas­sar The Arts Coun­cil Malta (ACM) has launched Kor Malta, an ex­cit­ing project which sees the coun­try hav­ing its own na­tional choir.

The need for the set up of a na­tional choir was felt for quite some time and with this project, the ACM will be fill­ing this void, also de­liv­er­ing an elec­toral man­i­festo prom­ise by the gov­ern­ment for the set­ting up of a na­tional choir.

Like it did with previous ini­tia­tives, the ACM is com­mit­ted in mak­ing this project an­other suc­cess story, with its fund­ing be­ing in­cluded in the ACM’s bud­get pro­pos­als.

ACM’s chair­man Albert Mar­shall said the coun­cil is fully com­mit­ted in mak­ing Kor Malta a huge suc­cess.

“Like with other suc­cess­ful ini­tia­tives and projects that the ACM launched in the past cou­ple of years, in­clud­ing Fes­ti­vals Malta, Teatru Malta and Zfin Malta, Kor Malta will be hav­ing our full com­mit­ment and back­ing.

“Fu­ture plans in­clude con­certs with the na­tional or­ches­tra, solo con­certs and tour­ing abroad. The Mal­tese pub­lic will be proud of our na­tional choir,” said Mr Mar­shall.

Kor Malta will con­sist of cho­ris­ters who al­ready form part of the Malta Phi­lar­monic Or­ches­tra cho­rus. They will be sup­ple­mented by new cho­ris­ters which were cho­sen by au­di­tion.

Kor Malta will also be pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional train­ing for its cho­ris­ters with mas­ter­classes by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional tenors and tu­tors.

Next week, in prepa­ra­tion for its launch con­cert, cho­ris­ters will un­dergo mas­ter­classes with world-fa­mous tenor Ni­cholas Mul­roy.

The en­gage­ment of a tenor of the cal­i­bre of Mul­roy for these mas­ter­classes is an­other feather in the cap of the ACM and will surely ben­e­fit the cho­ris­ters.

The Liver­pool-born tenor has per­formed at many of the world’s great­est con­cert halls: the Syd­ney Opera House, the Bos­ton Sym­phony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Ber­lin Phi­lar­monie and much more.

Mul­roy started his ca­reer as a cho­ris­ter at Liver­pool’s Metropoli­tan Cathe­dral be­fore study­ing Mod­ern Lan­guages at Cam­bridge and voice study at the Royal Academy of Mu­sic.

He has since been in high de­mand all over the world in a wide range of con­certs, recitals and opera en­gage­ments.

De­but con­cert

Kor Malta’s launch con­cert is called Motets & Madri­gals… from Sa­cred to Pro­fane. It will in­clude works by Byrd: Non No­bis Domine; Mon­teverdi: Ado­ra­mus Te Christe; Mon­teverdi: Sfo­gava con le Stelle; Palest­rina: Si­cut Cervus; De Wert: Or si Ral­le­gri il Ciel; De Vic­to­ria: O Mag­num Mys­terium; Bruck­ner: Chris­tus Fac­tus est; Men­delssohn: Die Nachti­gal; Lau­ridssen: O Mag­num Mys­terium; El­gar: Lux Aeterna; and Di­a­cono: Quam dilecta Taber­nac­ula tua Domine.

Kor Malta will be mak­ing its de­but at St Paul’s Co-Cathe­dral in Val­letta on De­cem­ber 2 at 6pm. The con­cert will be com­pletely a cap­pella to show­case more the choir’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, with cho­ris­ters po­si­tioned in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the cathe­dral for the dif­fer­ent pieces of mu­sic.

As part of the gov­ern­ment’s Out­reach in the Com­mu­nity project, the choir will be giv­ing an­other per­for­mance at St Ni­cholas Par­ish Church in Sig­giewi on 4 De­cem­ber at 7.30pm.

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