Victoria’s Angelica Portelli wins first place in song festival
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Angelica Portelli, a 14-year old member of the Group of Adolescents at St George’s parish in Victoria, Gozo, has recently made a name for herself by winning first place in the New Talents’ category of the Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza, with her song Ejjew Nieqfu, lyrics by Joe Chircop and music by Miriam Christine. Angelica said that this success “means a lot to me, because it was an experience which encouraged me to advance in my singing career, as this was the biggest festival that I have ever participated in.”
Angelica started singing at the early age of three, when she already formed part of the Chorus Urbanus Junior Section. Angelica follows in her father Mario’s footsteps, who is a professional popular singer. At six, she took part for the first time in a song festival in Gozo, with her first interpretation being La Stelliera from Zecchino d’Oro. This opened the door to several other festivals in both Malta and Gozo, where she often won first place.
Angelica took her first voice lessons under the tuition of popular singer Pamela Bezzina and then continued with Miriam Christine Borg, who is still her musical teacher. In 2006 she participated in the Junior Life Festival on a local TV station, where she took first place with her song Qawsalla, written by the late poet Can. Joe Meilak and composed by Antoine Mercieca, also from Victoria. Angelica has also participated in the Song Festival Marjan at the Oratorju Don Bosco and the Junior Eurovision semi-final in 2008, with her song A Dream, here Angelica ended up as finalist, and the show featured on the national TV station.
Angelica and her parents, Mario and Frances, are all members of the Astra Folk Group, where Angelica dances and sings as one of the group’s soloists. She also takes part in opera and other musical productions at Teatru Astra among others.
St George’s parish and the La Stella Society said “they see it as their aim to promote and educate in the best way the high artistic and cultural talents of so many of their members,” they also congratulated Angelica in her recent achievement and wished her every success for the future.