On Tuesday 12th July, the Gaulitanus Choir kept its annual summer appointment with Gozo’s music-loving public by presenting another open-air concert with music from the musical theatre. Held at the enchanting rural Sta. Lucia Square in Sta. Lucia, with the church parvis used as a stage, the atmosphere proved to be excellent for the evening entitled The Musical Theatre Revisited. Indeed the setting was wonderful both for the production of Frederick Loewe’sCamelot and Jerry Bock’s Fiddler on the Roof apart from being very relaxing and charming for the very good audience which filled every available seat.

All the performers rose to the occasion, which saw all not just singing but also doing some movement which enormously enhanced the performance. Gaulitanus’ own British singer Terry Shaw was the busiest person during the evening, being responsible for the musical adaptations of the selections, the production itself, and also being a very creditable principal soloist in the two selections. Shaw was partnered by Gozitan-American singer Pamela Agius, who, as she has done in the past two years was re-appearing with the Gaulitanus, giving a very charming interpretations of the two principal roles allotted to her in both musicals. Camelot’s King Arthur was positively interpreted in typical Richard Harris singing-acting style by British Paul Barnes. On the other hand the young Pierre Louis Attard not only superbly opened and ended the Fiddler on the Roof by playing solo his violin on the roof of the house adjacent to the church parvis, but also added colour to some other numbers by accompanying the soloists and choir.

Some choir soloists also joined the fray. Joseph Buttigieg and Marthese Borg had solo numbers in both the selections whereas Annabelle Zammit, Josianne Callus, Fabian Galea and Paul Sultana appeared in Fiddler on the Roof. All were very much up to the occasion. The Gaulitanus Choir added sparkle to the production with its own solo numbers or others in which it joined the soloists. As usual Stephen Attard accompanied on the keyboard whereas Colin Attard was the musical director.

The evening was held with the full collaboration of the Gozo Cultural Office and the Sta Lucia Administrative Committee.

After the concert the choir had a light open-air dinner at the same venue prepared by some hard-working volunteers from Sta. Lucia