The event held at the Kempinski San Lawrenz on Sunday 21st April was one which demonstrated utterly well the variety in the programming which Gaulitana: A Festival of Music aims to achieve. Being held at tea-time in an informal albeit splendidly set-up ambience, the audience could enjoy tea / coffee and cakes while listening to the wonderfully melodic songs of British well-known composer Ivor Novello.
Songs from Glamorous Night, The Dancing Years, Patriotic Songs, King’s Rhapsody and Perchance to Dream were performed with a lot of appropriate gusto and elegance by Gaulitanus soloists: sopranos Patricia Buttigieg, Annabelle Zammit, mezzo-soprano Marthese Borg and tenor Terry Shaw. Indeed Shaw, who was responsible for the co-ordination of the programme and for accompanying on the piano, also had to sing In lieu of an indisposed Joseph Buttigieg – making his afternoon as busy as one could ever imagine!
The response was great. The audience, which included the Permanent Secretary at the Gozo Ministry, Ms Joyce Dimech, simply turned up in big numbers completely surpassing any of the organiser’s expectations. Indeed the event had to be moved from the originally-planned to the café lounge to the Kappella. Very positively, several members of the audience encouraged the organisers to go for more of this type of events in the forthcoming edition of the festival!