The Gaulitanus Choir has presented two concerts featuring Det Norske Sjoemannskor (The Norwegian Seamen Choir), who is visiting Malta to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The first concert was held at the Gozo Cathedral, Victoria, on Thursday 2nd September at 19.15 hrs. The male choir performed several sacred excerpts and a few Norwegian sea songs, after which the choir moved out of the church and performed some profane light songs on the Cathedral steps to the delight of the sizeable audience which attended the performance.
The latter was led by Gaulitanus director Mro. Colin Attard, who had co-ordinated the choir’s concerts in our islands and indeed the whole Gozo visit, and the Vicar General and Archdeacon of the Gozo Cathedral Chapter, Mgr. G. B. Gauci.
Towards the end of the concert the president of the Norwegian choir, Georg Gramnaes presented some gifts to Mro. Attard as well as a token to Mgr. Gauci.
On Friday 3rd September, the choir then gave a lunchtime concert at 12.30 hrs at St. James’ Church, Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta. Again the sacred singing was followed by profane singing out of the church to the amazement of the passers by in Merchants Street. Such was the enthusiasm created that the performance kept going even when rain started pouring!
During this concert tokens were presented by Mr. Gramnaes to Mro. Attard (once again) and to Fr. Maurice Mifsud, the rector of St. James’ Church.
During the two concerts the Norwegian choir was conducted by its director Jarle Flemvaag with Erik Bergene accompanying on the accordion. During the Gozo concert Mro. Attard accompanied a few excerpts on the keyboard.
The choir members also had lots of sightseeing and established a very warm rapport with Mro. Attard and the Gaulitanus Choir, thus opening up the possibility of further collaborations between the two choirs in the future.