The Gaulitanus Choir will be in Firenze (Italy) between the 2nd and the 7th December 2010 following an invitation by the Tedavi ’98 production house.
The choir will be having several singing commitments and indeed the choir unfortunately had to refuse accepting a few invitations in the Toscana region due to its busy schedule.Thus the singing commitments will commence on Saturday with an afternoon concert of Christmas music at the San Lorenzo Basilica, one of the oldest and largest churches in the very heart of the city centre. The concert is being organised by the Associazione Culturale ’Beato Angelico per il Rinascimento’ as part of a Christmas festival. After the concert, the choir will also animate the liturgy at the same basilica.
On Sunday morning, the choir will give a recital at one of the best-known Florentine concert venues, namely the St. Mark’s English Church. Following the recital, the Gozitan choir will join the resident choir to animate the service.
Another big appointment will be on Sunday evening at the splendid Basilica of the Sta. Croce, the principal Franciscan church in Florence and the burial place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini, thus known as the Tempio dell’Itale Glorie (Temple of the Italian Glories). Here the choir will animate the mass.
On Monday evening the choir will conclude its commitments with an event which might resound with quite some local ‘overtones’. Indeed the choir was invited by the Sta. Felicita parish to participate in the celebrations marking the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Whereas celebrations are being held on consecutive dates as one programme of events in various parishes in Firenze, on Monday afternoon the statue of the Madonna arrives at Sta. Felicita. A mass follows and the Gaulitanus Choir will animate the liturgy. After the mass the choir will give a concert of Marian music in honour of the Madonna at the same church.
The choir will be led by its musical director Mro. Colin Attard. This will be the choir’s eight concert-tour abroad following its performances in England in 1995, in Germany in 1997, in Holland in 1999, in Greece in 2001 and in Corsica in 2001, 2002 and 2007 and definitely an appropriate way to crown the choir’s 20th anniversary celebrations.