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Second edition of Blooming…afternoon tea with SCJ in Gozo

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Second edition of Blooming…afternoon tea with SCJ in GozoBlooming…afternoon tea with SCJ – an innovative concept for choral concerts, was launched last year by Schola Cantorum Jubilate in Gozo.

Last year’s afternoon choral concert with a difference, was highly acclaimed by attendees who made it for the event.

Following on from the concert’s success, the administration said that it is organising a similar event for this year, but obviously with new ideas, different repertoire and another attractive setting.

This Spring Concert consists of various pieces in which the lyrics talk of nature and its beauty, or love that gives rebirth to one’s heart. For this year’s edition, the repertoire includes pieces by Des Prez, Gastoldi, Gilpen, Ticheli, Weston, Ramsey, Anglea and Beery. The administration said that some of these composers may seem unfamiliar, but their music uplifts both choristers and the audience.

However, SCJ said that it insists on including Maltese composition in its concerts and for this concert, this premise is not excluded. The choir resident composer Paul Portelli did a musical arrangement of four popular Maltese songs for the choir.

Apart from this, attendees will listen to the premier of a newly composed piece ‘Il-farfett’ by Euchar Gravina on a poem penned by Francesco Pio Attard.

Gravina is a young Maltese composer who has made an international name, but particularly in the UK where he currently resides. He has been recently appointed Musical Director at St. John’s Waterloo and musical curator of the Waterloo Festival. He is also a singer with the London Symphony Chorus.

Following the concert, there will be a tea-party consisting of freshly prepared savouries and cakes by the Ta’ Frenc Pâtissiers. SCJ said that the setting consisting mainly of floral arrangements and the courtyard with its plants and sculptures offers the right environment for such a concert. The environment is further enhanced by the patrons who are asked to dress in pastel or with floral designs.

This year’s ‘Blooming…afternoon tea with SCJ’ will be held on Sunday, the 21st of May, starting at 4pm at Ta’ Frenc Restaurant Courtyard in Xaghra, Gozo. The choir will be under the direction of Marouska Attard and accompanied by pianist Amy Rapa.

Tickets are on sale from Bargate Bookshop in Victoria or D’Amato Records Shop in Valletta.

Further information is available on or on Schola Cantorum Jubilate facebook page. One can also contact the organisers on 79450950.

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