namely Patricia Buttigieg, Stephanie Portelli and Annabelle Zammit. Led and accompanied by the choir’s musical director Colin Attard, the Gozitan artists represented Malta in the festival. The other countries participating in this edition were Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Corsica itself, as well as special non-Mediteranean guest Venezuela.
The first commitment for the Maltese representation was at Canonica, a medieval church at Lucciana which has excellent acoustics. Here, the Gozitan artists were flanked by musicians from the Conservatoire of Monaco. The very well-patronised concert was attended by the mayor of Lucciana who welcomed and introduced the 2 groups at the start of the concert.
The next event was held at Sisco. This also featured the wind ensemble of Milan’s Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi right after the Maltese performers. The concert was hosted by Sisco’s mayor, who heartily congratulated the Maltese artists on their performance,and (taking a cue from the lyrics of an excerpt just performed) he underlined the role of music in fostering peace and love amongst nations and the Rencontres’s feat in bringing together various Mediterranean countries.
The local artists were also invited to participate one of the evnets in the festival’s educational programme, namely that held at Bastia’s College Montesoro, a secondary school. Here, the Gozitan group performed alongside a 14-piece saxophone ensemble from Barcelona’s Conservatoire.