A completely different concert from the ones held so far was that of Wednesday 20 April at the Exhibition Hall, Ministry for Gozo, Victoria. No less than 8 up-and coming artists participated in the concert (though unfortunately tenor Fabian Galea had to give it a miss due to being sick), in what proved to be a pot-pourri of styles and genres – all performed with aplomb and youthful verve by all concerned; which indeed gave all, as Mro. Colin Attard pinpointed towards the end of the concert, "a guarantee re our musical future".
Two 9-year old pianists took all by surprise with their technique and interpretation. Matteo Galea started off the recital performing Mendelssohn’ Scherzo, Ginastera’s Danza del vieyo boyero and Rossini’s Petite Caprice while Laetitia Amodio performed Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1 and Villa-Lobos’ Bruxa and O Polichinelo.
Two duos were also on the programme. Nicole Vassallo and James Borg teamed up performing 4-hand piano arrangements of Mozart’s Sonata in D, Moszkowski’s Spain and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5. On the other hand, flutists Laura Cioffi and Clara Galea performed Mozart’s Duet for 2 Flutes.
Two singers, both members of the Gaulitanus Choir, varied the programme with some vocal interventions accompanied on the piano by Mro. Attard. Annabelle Zammit performed some Baroque and Classical operatic numbers, namely Bononcini’s Non posso disperar, Scarlatti’s Le Violette and Mozart’s Vedrai Carino. Stephanie Portelli also chose operatic repertoire, this time also including a bel canto excerpt. She performed Pergolesi’s Stizzoso, mio stizzoso, Gluck’s O del mio dolce ardor and Donizetti’s Convien partir. The two singers then teamed up fo a concluding Neapolitan medley (re-arranged at the last minute to be singable without absent tenor Fabian Galea).
The very sizeable audience significantly included most of the teacher’s of the performers, namely Maria Dolores Amodio, Charmaine Amodio, Andriana Yordanova and Juliette Bisazza Zanni, whom Mro. Attard thanked not only for their teaching role but also for supporting their students during such concerts