The Gaulitanus Choir participates in the annual Corsica Festival

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The Gaulitanus Choir participates in the annual Corsica FestivalGozo´s Gaulitanus Choir recently Malta in the 20th edition of the Rencontres Musicales de Mediterranee in Corsica, following an invitation from the Jeunesses Musicales de Mediterranee of Bastia.

This annual festival featured artistic groups from various Mediterranean countries, namely Italy, Spain, Greece, France, Monaco, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Malta and Corsica itself.

The choir also visited Paris where it was received at the Maltese Embassy for a courtesy visit to H.E. Helga Mizzi, Maltese Ambassador to France.

The choir´s founder-director Mro Colin Attard gave a background on the choir and its artistic commitments including its international programme of events. The Ambassador explained her embassy´s role in fostering Maltese culture, among others, and also referred to potential future collaborations.

Fro Paris the choir travelled to Corsica, with the first day at Cervione. The first artistic commitment was at the Collège Philippe Pescetti where the choir gave two presentations in the afternoon as part of the festival´s educational programme.

Mro Attard gave a background on music-making in Malta to the students, the choir illustrated all with the interpretation of several Maltese numbers in different genres. Both presentations ended with some of the college´s students interpreting a Corsican song.

The choir was then shown round Cervione, moving to the Salle des Fêtes where it gave a concert. It commenced with the Corsican ensemble A Ricuccata, which presented a varied a cappella repertoire in the Corsican idiom.

The Gozitan choir then took the stage interpreting several Maltese works, principally compositions by its founder-director Colin Attard, as well as ones by Carmelo Pace, Charles Camilleri and Giuseppe Caruana.

The maestro also dedicated an excerpt to the memory of the festival´s late founding president, Guy Dongradi.

As with all the other participating groups, the Gaulitanus Choir had its own slot in this event during which it interpreted two semi-folkloristic works by Carmelo Pace and Charles Camilleri respectively.

The choir featured in the grand finale which brought the festival to a rousing end with the interpretation of Corsica, composed by Georges De Zerbi, who also happens to be the festival´s new president. Corsican singer Mai Pesce was the soloist accompanied by the festival´s symphonic orchestra directed by Italian Alessandro Bombonati.

On the final evening of the festival, JMM president De Zerbi called Mro Attard on stage to acknowledge the work done by him and the choir, extending an invitation for the choir to return to the Rencontres next year.

During this tour the choir was conducted by Colin Attard and its principal soloist was soprano Annabelle Zammit, with Patricia Buttigieg, Madeleine Gruppetta, Christian Tanti and Jean Noël Attard taking over some minor solo parts.

Photo: the Gaulitanus Choir performing at Bastia’s Theatre Municipal during the Soiree de Gala – by Annabelle Zammit.

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