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Gaulitana had its only foray in Malta on Sunday May 1 when a concert was held at the Floriana Local Council Hall. Indeed the concert was organised with the full co-operation of the Floriana Local Council in order to inaugurate the newly-refurbished multi-purpose hall at the council and to commemorate Floriana Day. Floriana mayor, Nigel Holland opened the evening by addressing the audience and inviting Floriana Archpriest Fr. Richard Borg to bless the hall. Eventually he asked Gaulitana artistic director Mro. Colin Attard to introduce the concert. This featured the Scottish choral ensemble, Cantica Alba, in their second concert in this year’s festival. Contrary to the sacred concert held in Gozo on Friday, this concert was exclusively secular , albeit still a cappella. Indeed in their typical homogeneous sound, the Cantica Alba, directed by Michael Harris, scaled through the various pieces in different styles, mostly by British composers, demonstrating their versatility. Starting from Renaissance works by Passereau, Morley and Gibbons, they passed on to 19th and 20th century works by Parry, Stanford, Elgar, Moeran, Gershwin and Britten, and eventually to contemporary works by Rutter and MacMillan. The odd Scottish traditional was not missing either. All this was very much enjoyed by the good audience present which heartily applauded the performers who reciprocating by giving an encore.

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