Christmas celebrations at Our Lady of Victory Church

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Christmas celebrations at Our Lady of Victory ChurchDin l-Art Helwa launches its first activities for the Church of Our Lady of Victory, Valletta with two inaugural Yuletide concerts that will assist with raising much needed funds for the challenging restoration of this historic building.

Din l-Art Helwa was recently entrusted with the care of this first church of Valletta, erected on the Sciberras peninsula by Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette in thanksgiving for the victory against the Ottoman siege in 1565.

The first event will be a joyful opening to the Christmas festivities, a Christmas Choral concert presented by the well-known Mezzo-Soprano Marie Thérèse Vassallo and her 40-strong choir on Saturday, the 10th of December, at 7.00 pm. A varied programme including such well-loved pieces as ‘Is There Anybody Here Who Loves My Jesus’ , ‘The Coventry Carol’ and W.A. Mozart’s ‘Cradle Song.’

Booking is against a donation of €7.50 to Din l-Art Helwa.

For the second concert , on Thursday, the 29th of December, at 7pm, Din l-Art Helwa have the pleasure of presenting once more the exceptional virtuoso Duo consisting of Marco Misciagna and Vito Vilardi, on Violin and Guitar respectively, who will perform their beautiful repertoire of Christmas classics which comprise pieces by Gounod, Brahms and Schubert. Musical arrangement is by A Scarpone. These extremely skilful young artists have already astonished the public last June at the Bir Miftuh International Music Festival, and are back in Malta by general request.

A donation of €15 towards Din L-Art Helwa’s restoration works at Our Lady of Victory will be much appreciated.

Din l-Art Helwa is grateful to all the artists performing at both concerts for their generosity in giving their services free of charge enabling the launch of the fundraising activities in favour of the conservation of the precious Alessio Erardi paintings on the vault of this historical building.

For both concerts, children under 10 will be admitted free and Christmas Lebkuchen biscuits will be offered to all attending, by courtesy of Playmobil. Both concerts will commence at 7pm.

For reservations please email Din l-Art Helwa on info@dinlarthelwa.org, or call 21220358/21225952. Remittances should be sent to Din l-Art Helwa, 133 Melita St., Valletta.

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