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To mark the Easter celebrations there will be an organ and choral recital at St George’s Basilica in Victoria, by the ‘Thüringen Orgelsommer,’ a group made up of various organists and a choir from the town of Armstadt in the German State of Thüringen.
‘Thüringen Orgelsommer,’ which was founded by Gottfried Preller twenty years ago, aims at finding historical and valuable church organs in the State of Thüringen to protect and restore them for the enjoyment of posterity.
The group is responsible for the organisation of an annual festival that is held in July, with more than 50 concerts over four weeks, taking place in the German state of Thüringen. The concert performance include organ music, choral works, dance and classical orchestral pieces.
They also undertake a yearly trip to a European destination where church organs of historical value can be appreciated.
Gottfied Preller, who chairs this group, is Kappelmaister at the Joann Sebastian Bach Kirche in Arnstadt where the Master worked for three years. This instrument is unique as its pipes are the original on which JS Bach played. This organ was restored in 2000 and is considered a jewel of its kind. It attracts many tourists to the city of Armstadt, as well as the many young music students who want to experience the sound made by the instrument that was once played by Bach.
The choir is made up of several regular members, with newcomers always welcome. In fact there are new additions to the Choir every year, adding many different elements, with rehearsals are carried out accordingly.
The repertoire is mainly works by the old Masters. The choir members come from different walks of life but they all share a similar love for music, the church, culture and to the beautiful scenery.
Every year the choir get together for a trip after Easter and this year they have chosen to visit Malta and Gozo where they will give various performances in different churches.
The concert at St George’s Basilica will take place on Thursday, the 4th of April, starting at 7.30pm.
Everyone is warmly invited to attend.