Concert to mark 50th anniversary of the Mnarja Philharmonic Society

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Concert to mark 50th anniversary of the Mnarja Philharmonic SocietyA musical concert – Big Band Adventures – is being organised to commemorate the 50th anniversary since the establishment of the Mnarja Philharmonic Society in Nadur, Gozo.

The official launch was announced at a press conference held at the main Square Nadur, addressed by the Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana, Nadur Mayor Edward Said, the President of the Society James Buttigieg, and Mro Joseph Grech, Music Director of the Mnarja Philharmonic Society.

Minister Caruana described this initiative by the Mnarja Band as a very important one, demonstrating the commitment of the musical organisation which operates on a voluntary basis, with the event now well established on Gozo’s cultural calendar – showcasing local talent.

The Minister for Gozo praised the commitment and organisation of the Society, which she said, through its leadership, has managed to qualify twice for schemes issued by the Ministry for Gozo to assist Gozitan Voluntary Organisations.

Mayor Edward Said pointed out that Mnarja Philharmonic Society was the first society in Nadur to win the Gieh in Nadur Award for its commitment and contribution not only to the Nadurina community, but also to the island.

The President of the Mnarja Philharmonic Society James Buttigieg, thanked the Ministry for Gozo for believing in the event, and providing the support. He said that such activities continue to add value to Gozo.

Big Band Adventures – is on Saturday, the 16th of June, at St Peter and St Paul’s Square, Nadur, starting at 9pm. The concert will also mark the feast of St Peter and St Paul – patron saints of Nadur village.

Mnarja Band will be under the direction of its Music Director Mro. Joseph Grech and will include local guest singers Jolene Samhan, Francesca Sciberras, Tenor Stanley Portelli and Pop singer Ludwig Galea.

The grand finale of the concert will include a spectacular synchronised fireworks show with live music.

The general public is invited to attend and entrance is free of charge.

Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri

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