Carols by Candlelight with Schola Cantorum Jubilate returns to Gozo

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Carols by Candlelight with Schola Cantorum returns to Gozo for 11th editionIn Gozo, the upcoming Christmas season will open its festivities with ‘Carols by Candlelight’ with the Schola Cantorum Jubilate. The eleventh edition of this much acclaimed Christmas event will be held on Friday, the 5th and Saturday, the 6th of December.

Along the years, ‘Carols by Candlelight’ remained that Christmas event which music and Christmas lovers cannot afford to miss. Many Maltese residents cross over to Gozo specifically to attend for this event. Foreign residents, who are familiar with this event, do their utmost to attend before they join their families abroad to spend the season holidays together.

On seeing so much joy on the faces of all those who attend, the Organising Committee said that they take care of all the detail to present another unforgettable Christmas evening. This year, the Artistic Direction is in the hands of the local artist Paul Stellini.

The evening will start with the Christmas concert at St. Augustine’s Church in Victoria. The programme will include Classical and traditional pieces together with some contemporary compositions.

Then following the concert, there will be a dinner in the cloister, adjacent to the church, which will be decorated for the occasion. The food will be freshly prepared by the Ta’ Frenc chefs, under the mastery of Chef Mario Schembri. Moreover, in the anti-room leading to the cloister, there will be an exhibition.

The choir, during the past year, has been quite active in the local scene. Precisely a year ago, it participated in the Malta International Choirs’ Festival and obtained a Silver Medal Award in the category ‘Sacred a cappella.’ Then in April, together with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, it produced Duruflé’s masterpiece ‘Requiem.’ Recently it was also featured on the local media due to its participation in the concert, part of Modern Music Days project organised by the Teatru Manoel, Malta Association for Modern Music and Valletta 18.

The choir is under the direction of Marouska Attard who has recently completed her Master Degree in Choral Direction at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Ms. Attard came back from the UK with new views and innovative ideas which will surely contribute in adding a spell to the whole event.

The proceeds of this soirée will be donated to Guzeppa Debono Home which is a pro-life entity. Tickets are available from D’Amato Records Shop in Valletta and from Bargate Bookshop in Victoria.

Those who wish to spend the night in the Priory can contact directly the friars on 21556060. Further details about the event are available on the choir’s website (www.scjchoir.com) or the choir’s facebook page.

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