The Gaulitanus Choir has launched the full programme of the 7th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. Being held between the 21st March and the 3rd May 2013, the festival features a series of 19 concerts in various venues in Gozo, with one concert also in Malta. International and local performers – whether orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles and soloists – will present a diversity of musical styles, from sacred to secular, from serious to light, from chamber to orchestral. Artistically directed by Gaulitanus Choir founder-director Colin Attard, the festival not only features established performers but also gives adequate space to up-and-coming talent.
Gaulitana is outreaching, emphasizing its quest to hold performances in various localities and venues – some of which rarely ever host a concert –, and relies on the choir’s collaboration with government agencies, local councils, churches, hotels, corporate bodies and local and foreign cultural entities in order to keep fostering musical culture and enjoyment. Indeed the festival’s sponsors this year are: the Malta Arts Fund, the Ministry for Gozo, Verso l’Arte, Istituto Nazionale di Arte Contemporanea, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Russian Centre for Science and Culture, the Victoria, Xaghra and Xewkija Local Councils, the Gozo Cultural Office, Michael Grech Financial Services, Bank of Valletta and JDB Digital Printing.
The various concerts kick off on Thursday 21st March at 19.30hrs with an organ recital at St. Augustine’s Church in Victoria by British organist Robin Walker and also include three big highlights. The first is a Choral-Instrumental Concert being held at St. Francis Church, Victoria on Easter Sunday at 20.00hrs. This will feature up-and-coming Gozitan violinist Pierre Louis Attard in Bach’s concerto in A Minor as well as Italian soloists Aurora Tirotta (soprano) and Lara Rotili (mezzo-soprano) and the Gaulitanus Choir itself in Vivaldi’s famous Gloria. These will be accompanied by the Gaulitana Festival Chamber Ensemble directed by Colin Attard.
The next highlight is in Malta, a vocal-orchestral concert at St. John’s Co-Cathedral on Friday 5th April at 19.30 hrs. The concert will feature religious music by Italian contemporary composer Federico Gozzelino and Colin Attard. The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra – participating for the first-time ever in the festival – will be in attendance, as well as Maltese soloists soprano Miriam Cauchi, mezzo-soprano Claire Massa, bass Noel Galea, Italian narrator Amina Contin and again violinist Pierre Louis Attard.The festival will then come to an end with a formula which has proved to be very successful in the past. Indeed another night with the musical theatre will be held on Friday 3rd May at 20.00hrs at the Kempinski Hotel, San Lawrenz. Semi-staged adaptations of the musicals Annie, Annie Get Your Gun and Carousel will be performed by the Gaulitanus Choir, some of its soloists and British guest soloist Emma Darling. British choir member Terry Shaw, an expert in the field, will be in charge of the arrangements and the production while Colin Attard will direct with Stephen Attard on the piano. An optional buffet will be held after the concert.
Entrance to all concerts, except for one teatime event which includes coffee/tea and cakes, is free. More information can be obtained by contacting the Gaulitanus Choir on 9920 9779, 9925 8592, 2156 0200, email@example.com or by visiting the choir’s website www.gaulitanus.com.