Schola Cantorum Jubilate enjoys successful tour to the Czech Republic
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Earlier this month, Gozo choir Schola Cantorum Jubilate – “one of the affirmed choirs on our islands” – went on tour to the Czech Republic.
This was the sixth tour since the choir was founded eighteen years ago. They have previously, been in France twice: Brittany (2012) and Corsica (2003), twice in Italy: Rome and Assisi (2007), Venice and Padova (2015) and in Austria (2009).
SCJ said that the tour provided another remarkable opportunity to the choristers to sing in prominent places in the Czech Republic. The choir and its accompanying friends were based in Prague, but also had the opportunity to visit two of the most popular towns in the vicinity – Cesky Krumlov and Karlovy Vary.
At Karlovy Vary, thanks to the collaboration of the Karlovy Vary Symphonic Orchestra, the choir held a recital at the Mill Colonnade.
The repertoire chosen included profane songs and madrigals among which were des Prez’s ‘El Grillo,’ Anglea’s ‘Jubliate Deo, ‘ ‘Maltakanta,’ a medley of popular Maltese songs arranged by Paul Portelli and the very Czech song ‘Stodopla Pumpa’ by Weston.
The choir director and soprano Marouska Attard interpreted ‘Il-Kebbies tal-fanali,’ a Maltese song composed by the late Mro. Joseph Vella. Ms. Attard had another solo concert at St. Francis Church.
She also interpreted pieces by Mozart and Portelli. Mozart himself used to visit Prague and play on the old organ of this church. Ms Attard was accompanied on the organ by John Anthony Fsadni who accompanied also the choir.In Prague, the choir had a sacred concert at St. Gall’s Church in the Old Town Centre. SCJ animated the liturgy during a Mass at Our Lady of Victories church that hosts the miraculous Infant of Prague and another Mass was sung at St. Vitus Cathedral.
SCJ said that the sacred repertoire included pieces by the polyphonic masters like Palestrina, Tallis and Byrd, pieces by Mozart and Bach, pieces by the Czech composer Zelenka and even a cappella arrangements of some Maltese hymns by Caruana.
Apart from the musical commitments, the group attended for private guided tours inside the National Theatre, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Prague Castle. They had also some memorable instances of impromptu singing at the Old Town Square and on Charles Bridge.
SCJ concluded by saying that, “undoubtedly the city of Prague and the towns of Cesky Krumlov and Karlovy Vary helped in enriching the choral experience to all members of Schola Cantorum Jubilate and culturally educate them in understanding other nations’ cultures and traditions.”
Photographs: CVC Media