Fjur t’Assisi Choir celebrating tenth anniversary

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The Fjur t’Assisi ChoirTen in a row…
The Fjur t’Assisi Choir hailing from Victoria Gozo is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary.

And here are ten interesting facts about this young yet very energetic choir, its past, its present and its future.

1. The choir officially started on the 20th February 1999 initiated by Fr. Paul Bugeja and George Cremona. Its original aim was to serve the religious services held at the Capuchin Convent on the way from Victoria to Marsalforn in Gozo. However, as from the choir’s very early years, the determination of the choir members and their commitment lead to a hundred and one invites per year to participate in social, religious and cultural occasions across Malta and Gozo.

2. Between 2000 and 2006, the choir participated in five local Gozitan song festivals, placing second once (2001) and placing first for four times.

3. In 2001 the choir was invited to sing in three venues in Düsseldorf Germany. Memories of these concerts are still very clear and vivid.

The Choir’s performance in the International Choir Festival 2006 Fjur t’Assisi Choir in the International Choir Festival 2006

4. In 2006 Fjur t’Assisi and it’s members participated in the International Choirs’ Festival organized by Interkultur. Twenty two choirs from around the world (among others Germany, Italy, China and Slovenia) participated in this festival. The choirs’ talents and qualities were awarded an International Bronze Diploma – a very prestigious award.

Singing during the 100TH Scout Movement Anniversary

5. The biggest crowd which recently heard a Fjur t’Assisi Performance consisted in over a thousand scouts, parents and supporters commemorating the movement’s hundred anniversary (5th October 2008). On this occasion, Bishop Mario Grech lead a thanksgiving mass and the choir was invited to animate this religious service.

The Choir at Saint John’s Co-Cathedral

6. A very recent occasion – 26th December 2008. The Choir was invited to animate a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Mons. Paul Cremona (Archbishop of Malta) at Saint John’s Co-Cathedral. The invitation came from Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl. The occasion was commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the historic visit Pope John XXIII paid to prisoners in Rome.

The Choir’s third Cd Album

The Choir's third Cd Album7. Over time, the Choir produced two compact discs – Omm il-Grazzja (2001) and Tifkiriet (2004). In 2005 a local company selected the choir to sing two traditional Maltese songs Pizzi Pizzi Kanna and Bum Bum il-Bieb where the choir had the wonderful experience to work with the Sofia University Recording Studios and the National Orchestra of Bulgaria.

To mark its tenth anniversary the choir is launching its third Compact Disc Qatra f’ Ocean (2009). The title track of this Cd (lyrics: George Cremona, music: Philip Vella), is quite particular and is worth listening to. Copies of this Compact Disc can be obtained from the Capuchine Convent in Victoria Gozo (79240382) or from local music outlets.

All money collected will be helping the Capuchin Missions in Kenya.

8. The Choir’s website can be accessed on where news and comments about the choir can be found.

9. The choir’s motto: Never waste time in self praise. Whatever you manage to achieve in life should make you look forward to the next achievement.

10. A message by all members: Quite short and simple – Thanks to all those who have followed the choir along time and we look forward to see you wherever we are singing in future, as you have always done in the past. We really appreciate your support. Written by George Cremona

Mr. George Cremona has been directing Fjur t’ Assisi Choir for the past ten years. Because of studies he will be conducting, which will increase his commitment abroad, he is handing over the choir coordination to Marita Cassar, who has been the choir’s organist for the past seven years and a choir member for the past ten years.

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