Schola Cantorum Jubilate awarded ‘Palma tad-Deheb’ 2013
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‘Palma tad-Deheb,’ is the prestigious honour given each year by the San Lawrenz parish in Gozo to acknowledge the effort made by young people in the musical sector, this year was given to Schola Cantorum Jubilate.
During this week the San Lawrenz community is celebrating its patron saint, Saint Lawrence.
Schola Cantorum Jubilate, a private youth choir has established itself as one of the affirmed Maltese choirs. It was founded by the actual choir leader, Stefan Attard in August 2000. Its musical Director is Marouska Attard, herself a graduate in music, violinist and soprano.
Schola Cantorum Jubilate specialises in sacred polyphony and Classical music however, their repertoire spans from the Renaissance through the Baroque and to contemporary eras and includes also secular music. Their repertoire includes works by great composers like Palestrina, Victoria, Bach, Mozart and also contemporary ones like Perosi, Camilleri, Bartolucci and Portelli amongst others.
Schola Cantorum Jubilate is active all year round with various performances. To mention a few: every Sunday the choir animates the liturgy during the 11a.m. mass at the Basilica of Xaghra, Gozo. The choir has represented Malta at the Credo in Unum Deum Festival organised by the St. John Co-Cathedral Foundation (2005), performed in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in the BOV Opera Festival (2005), performed at Auberge de Castille during the first Notte Bianca in Malta (2006), held a recital for Din l-Art Helwa at the Palazzo Parisio in Naxxar (2007), gave a concert in St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valetta (October, 2008) and another one at Palazzo Parisio in Valletta which was hosted by the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In March (2012) the choir was invited by H. E. Dr. George Abela, President of Malta, for a Concert at his palace in Attard.
Their international debut occurred in November 2003, when they participated in the Festival Rencontres Musicales de Méditerranée in Bastia, Corsica in which such renowned choirs as Santa Cecilia of Rome and Luigi Cherubini of Florence also appeared. They organised musical-cultural tours in Rome and Assisi (2007) and Linz, Salzburg and Vienna (2009) performing in the most prestigious places in all cities, amongst which in the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. In June 2012, the choir visited Chevaigné, France and performed at the Cathedral of Rennes and in Saint Pierre Parish Church in Mont Saint Michel.
When in Rome, the choir performed for Pope Benedicxt XVI and had the opportunity to meet the Maestro Perpetuo of the Sistine Chapel Domenico Bartolucci who was also elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010. Cardinal Bartolucci hosted the choir in his residence in Rome and donated them his whole collection of compositions.
In 2003, the Choir founded the very popular ‘Carols by Candlelight’ which along the years became considered as one of the main Christmas events in Gozo and Malta.
The Choir has recorded three albums: In a Manger (2001) (no longer available); Jubilate (2005) and Hora Gloriæ (2010).
After thirteen years, the choir continues its venture and plans projects for the future.
For more information about this choir please visit their website www.scjchoir.com.