Gaulitanus Choir returns from successful concert tour in London
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The Gaulitanus Choir of Gozo, has just returned from its choral tour in London, where it played a central role in the Malta Day celebrations which were held in the UK´s capital.
The choir gave a number of performances during the tour, on the invitation of the Malta High Commission and the Malta Day UK Organising Committee.
These included a performance during the Maltese Fair held at the Westminster Cathedral Hall. The choir also joined for a performance with the the UK´s St Sebastian Brass Band conducted by Peter Cole
The next date was at the majestic Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, where it animated the liturgy during the official high Mass commemorating the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.The concelebrated mass was led by H.G. Mgr Paul Cremona, Archbishop Emeritus of Malta, together with a very good number of Maltese priests, including Fr Victor Camilleri, who was instrumental in co-ordinating the event.
The Gaulitanus Choir was accompanied by Jonathan Allsopp, the Cathedral´s organ scholar, on the grand organ.
The large congregation in attendance was led by the Lord Mayor Locum Tenens of Westminster, Judith Warner, and the recently-appointed Malta High Commissioner, H.E. Joseph Cole, who also addressed the congregation at the start of the Mass. Representatives of several Maltese organisations were also there.
The choir attended the official Gala Dinner i the evening which was held at the 5-star Churchill Hotel, following the invitation of the chairman of the Maltese Culture Movement, Bernard Scerri.
The guests were led by H.E. the High Commissioner Mr Joseph Cole and H.G. Archbishop Emeritus Mgr Paul Cremona.
The Gaulitanus Choir choir rounded up its artistic commitments at Our Lady of Victories Church in London´s Kensington district, again co-ordinated by Fr Victor Camilleri.
During its various events, the Gozitan choir was conducted by its musical director Colin Attard. The participating soloists were sopranos Annabelle Zammit and Stephanie Portelli and mezzo-soprano Marthese Borg.
Gaulitanus said that H.E. the Malta High Commissioner told the choir, “It was indeed a pleasure to have Gaulitanus Choir…. Your uplifting performance of psalms and hymns at Westminster Cathedral has animated the Mass so beautifully….I have received a number of very positive comments about your singing after the event…..I relay my gratitude to your team of professional and talented choristers…..I hope that in the future, there will be more instances of collaboration between the Malta High Commission, London and the Gaulitanus Choir, to continue showcasing Maltese talent in the United Kingdom.”
The Gaulitanus Choir´s London concert tour, was supported by the Ministry for Gozo.