In early August the Gaulitanus Choir wrote another important chapter in its history by participating in the two concluding concerts organised by the BISYOC International Youth Orchestral Exchange. Indeed, after being based in the UK for the past years, this year BISYOC held its annual project in Malta. Over 80 young musicians from various European countries participated in this interesting 11-day project based at The Archbishop’s Seminary, at Rabat, Malta, where workshops, rehearsals and intercultural events, apart from sports and outings, were held.
The Gaulitanus Choir was invited to perform Antonio Vivaldi’s – Gloria RV 589, a great vocal work and chamber orchestra which the choir prepared specifically for this occasion.
Conducted by the Gaulitanus resident director Colin Attard the performance also featured soloists soprano Pamela Agius and contralto Connie Frances Zerafa.
The concert also included Paul Dukas’ Fanfare for brass ensemble (conducted by Stephen Altoft), Michael Daugherty’s Route 66 (conducted by Lee Ferguson), Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 and ended up with the principal work of the evening Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. The last two works for large symphonic orchestra were conducted by BISYOC’s resident conductor Julian Gibbons.
These two Symphonic-Choral Concerts were held on Saturday 4th August 2012 at 20.30hrs at the Gozo Ministry’s Courtyard, St. Francis Square, Victoria, Gozo and repeated on Sunday 5th August 2012 at 20.00hrs at the President’s Palace Courtyard, St. George’s Square, Valletta, Malta (the latter in aid of The Malta Community Chest Fund).
BISYOC’s Malta project, were held under the distinguished patronage of H.E. The President of Malta Dr George Abela, and were supported by The European Union (Youth in Action Programme), The Malta Arts Fund and The Gozo Council for Culture & Arts (Ministry for Gozo), also with the help of The President’s Office, The Archbishop’s Seminary and Melita Music, Culture and Heritage Foundation.