Venue: St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina
The St Paul Metropolitan Orchestra is preparing for its upcoming performance of Joseph Sammut’s internationally acclaimed Messa da Requiem et Resurrectio et Vita. The work calls for an orchestra composed of strings, woodwinds, French horns, harp, timpani and church organ, together with choir and four soloists. Joseph Sammut’s Requiem was premiered in Malta on October 31, 1991 at St John’s Co- Cathedral, Valletta. Mro Sammut wrote the Requiem for Dr. Giorgio Borg Olivier, following the liturgy in Latin and adding to it the sublime thought that has deeply moved and comforted man since time immemorial with the expectation of resurrection and eternal life. The verses that contain this momentous promise also reflect the unshakeable faith and tenacious optimism of the man to whom this Requiem is dedicated.
The Requiem by Sammut is composed of 16 movements namely Requiem, Dies Irae, Tuba Mirum, Liber Scriptus, Quid sum Miser, Rex Tremendae, Recordare, Ingemisco, Confutatis, Lacrymosa, Offertorio, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Libera Me and Resurrectio et Vita.
Sammut’s Requiem was recorded live during its German performance in the Parish Church of St Gebhard in Konstanz on the 11th February, 1995. The 1991 premiere of the Requiem in St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta was heard by the German management consultant Bernd Glathe who, struck by its international message, wide vision, and musical grandiosity, made arrangements for a German performance in the university city of Konstanz, under the auspices and sponsorship of a German interest group, Music in Management. Again, and with Sammut himself conducting the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie Kostanz, the work was extremely well-received by the German audience.
For this performance the St Paul Metropolitan Orchestra has the pleasure of working with the original Alto and Tenor soloists who performed the premiere in 1991, Claire Massa and Joseph Aquilina, together with Rosabelle Bianchi as Soprano, Bass Albert Buttigieg and the St Monica Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of HE Chev Mro Mark Agius. This performance will be held at the St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Mdina, on Friday, 8th November, 2019 at 7.30pm. Entrance is against a donation of a small fee addressing all generations and criteria.
Tickets may be purchased online from: https://www.showshappening.com/Medina-Foundation-for-Music
– Adults €10
– Students, senior citizens and persons with special needs will be able to pre-book their tickets from Orchestra Management and avail themselves of discounted tickets at €8 at the door 30 minutes before the event commences upon presentation of verification.
– Under 10 years FREE
Venue: Montekristo Estate
Another concert organised by one of Malta’s finest orchestras and bringing together some of the most talented musicians and singers on the island, the St Paul Chamber Ensemble continues to provide high-calibre performances with a repertoire that is not only audience-engaging but also specifically chosen to push the orchestra’s technical capacities to higher levels.
Grande Serata Italiana – An evening of musical entertainment, food, beverages and prizes including both instrumental and vocal recital which will be in aid of HopeXchange Medical Centre Ghana. Under the professional baton of Chev Mro Mark Agius, the forty-five seasoned and up-coming young musicians, will perform a number of classical, instrumental works, whilst also accompanying well-established local singers, Karen Gatt Darmenia (Soprano), Frances Catherine Farrugia (Soprano), Joseph Aquilina (Tenor) and Ivan Vella (Baritone).
Following on last month’s successful concert performance, the orchestra’s upcoming recital will feature some well-known Italian arias and Neapolitan songs which are very much appreciated by the Maltese audience. The orchestral and vocal concert will be held on Friday, 21st June, at Montekristo Estate at 8.30pm.
Some of the works performed will be accompanied by the resident concert choir Anacrusis. The repertoire will feature classical works by O Sole Mio, Funiculi Funicula, Il Duetto Dei Gatti, Largo Al Factotum and Nessun Dorma amongst others.
Tickets may be obtained from MonteKristo 22033000, Higher Grades, Attard or from the Orchestra Management on 7995 0507.
Venue: St. Augustine’s Parish Church, Valletta
The Medina Foundation for Music is proud to present ‘Sospiri’ a recital of sacred and classical works performed by the St Paul Chamber Ensemble, on Friday 31st May 2019 at St. Augustine’s Parish Church, Valletta at 7:30pm.
For this performance the orchestra will be reciting a variety of works together with the Anacrusis Concert Choir and the participation of soprano Karen Gatt Darmenia, tenor Joseph Aquilina, baritone Ivan Vella and bass James Vella Bondin under the direction of HE Chev Mro. Mark Agius. Entrance will be against a donation of 10 euros in aid of restoration projects at St. Augustine’s Parish Church, Valletta.
Venue: Mdina Cathedral
The St Paul Chamber Ensemble presents ‘Angelus’ a recital of sacred works which will be held on the 5th April 2019 at the Mdina Cathedral at 7.30pm in aid of Id Dar tal-Providenza.
For this performance the orchestra will be in performing together with the Anacrusis Concert Choir and has the pleasure of working with the Soprano Karen Gatt Darmenia, the Mezzo Claire Massa, the Tenor Joseph Aquilina, and the bass James Vella Bondin under the direction of HE Chev Mro Mark Agius.
Entrance is against a donation of €10 in aid of id-Dar tal-Providenza. Tickets can be bought from the Cathedral Booking Office – 21454697 (Booking Ofice opening hrs: 9am to 5pm) or from the Orchestra Management – 79950507
Venue: Sant Antnin ta’ Padova Church, Ghajn Dwieli, Paola
The St. Paul Chamber Ensemble will be presenting ‘Rejoice’. This concert is a celebration of Seasonal Sacred Music in aid of id-Dar tal-Providenza. This will be held at Sant Antnin ta’ Padova Church, Ghajn Dwieli, Paola on the 12th of December 2018 at 7.30p.m. Entrance is free, however, a donation will be collected in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.
Kępno 6th November 2018: The St Paul Chamber Ensemble from Malta performed the Messa da Requiem by Mro Mark Agius on the occasion of the centenary of the outbreak of the Greater Poland Uprising and the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining of Independence.
Kalisz 7th November 2018: Under the direction of Chev. Mro. Mark Agius, the St Paul Chamber Ensemble performed sacred works in the Arts and Culture centre, Kalisz.
Slupia, 8th November 2018: Under the direction of Chev. Mro Mark Agius, the St. Paul Chamber Ensemble took part in a workshop at Special School in Slupia, Kepno.
Poznan 11th November 2018: The St. Paul Chamber Ensemble performed Messa da Requiem by Chev. Mro Mark Agius on the occasion of the centenary of the outbreak of the Greater Poland Uprising and the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining of Independence.
Venue: St Augustine Church, Valletta
A Recital of Sacred Music by the St Paul Chamber Ensemble will be held on the 28th September 2018, at St Augustine Church, Valletta at 7.30 pm.
The St Paul Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of its principal conductor Mark Agius, is proud to present a recital of Sacred orchestral and vocal works in a Royal Command Performance under the distinguished patronage of His Imperial and Royal Highness, Prince Sandor Habsburg Lothringen, Archduke of Austria, Prince of Tuscany and Prince Grandmaster of the Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta, and his wife, Princess Herta Margarete.
The upcoming performance will include works by both classical and contemporary composers including Faure, Mozart, Bach, Gunoud, Mascagni, Jenkins, Frisina and Agius, performed by the St Paul Chamber Ensemble and featuring Sopranos Karen Gatt Darmenia and Anita Vella Bondin, Mezzo Soprano Connie Francis Zerafa, Contralto May Caruana, Tenors Aldo Zammit and Joseph Aquilina, Baritone Louis Andrew Cassar and Bass James Vella Bondin. Proceeds from the performance will go in aid of the HopeXchange Medical Centre, in Kumasi, Ghana, which is run by the Ghana Mission Foundation.
Patrons are kindly requested to be seated by 7.15 pm. Entrance is free though there will be a retiring collection with donations going towards the HopeXchange Medical Centre.
Venue: Garden of Serenity, Santa Lucia
The Santa Lucija Local Council in collaboration with the Chinese Cultural Centre is proud to present ‘Coming of Age’ a musical celebration of the 21st year from the opening of the Garden of Serenity.
The St Paul Chamber Ensemble will be performing a selection of popular pieces from musical including The Sound of Music, Les Miserable, The Phantom of the Opera and Fiddler on the Roof and will be accompanied by the Paul Curmi Dance Company.
This event is open to the general public, however, a donation towards the ALS Malta Foundation would be greatly appreciated. To book your seat kindly call on 21666600 or 27820381.
Thursday 10th , Friday 11th, and Saturday 12th, May 2018: Hässelby Motet Choir from Sweden
It is a great pleasure for the Medina Foundation of Music to be able to bring the music of the Hässelby Motet Choir, from Sweden, to the students of San Gorg Preca College, particularly to Guardian Angel Resource Centre. One of the aims of the Medina Foundation for Music is to promote cultural awareness by making music of the highest possible caliber accessible to the younger generation as well as to those who, for a variety of reasons, would otherwise have very limited opportunities, if at all, to attend such performances. We are therefore proud to be collaborating with the Hasselby Motet Choir which, besides the performance at Guardian Angel on the 10th May, 2018, the choir will also be giving two further performances open for the general public on the 11th May 2018 at the Floriana Parish Church and on the 12th May 2018 at the Xaghra Parish Church, Gozo. The latter performances will be held in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.
Venue: Catholic Institute, Floriana
The St. Paul Chamber Ensemble will be presenting ‘Broadway Gold’. The concert will be under the baton of Mro Mark Agius – featuring musical excerpts from Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Annie and Sister Act, Sound of Music amongst others. A fantastic concert which is not to be missed including animated characters and a magician!
The concert will be held at the Catholic Institute Floriana on the 8 April 2018 at 6.30pm. Tickets are can be bought at 13 Euros and 15 Euros respectively from www.istitutkattoliku.com, from the booking office at the Catholic Institute from 4.30pm to 7pm or call on 21238429.
Venue: St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta
Time: 7.30 pm
The St Paul Chamber Ensemble will be performing on several occasions in 2018-2019 with its first upcoming event organized in aid of Dar tal-Providenza at the St. John’s Co-Cathedral on Friday the 16th of March 2018 at 7.30 pm.
Messa da Requiem (2017) is the latest work by Mro Mark Agius. It is a work in eight movements, these being the Introit, Kyrie, Sequence (Dies Irae), Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Pie Jesu, Libera Me and In Paradisium and is scored for orchestra, soloists, and SATB choir. The soloists will be Karen Gatt Darmenia (Soprano), May Caruana (Controalto), Charles Vincenti (Tenor), Ivan Vella (Baritone), together with the Rotondo choir of Poznan, Poland.
Tickets are available from: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/messa-da-requiem-tickets-42004126473?aff=es2/
Venue: St Laurence Church, Birgu
Time: 7.00 pm
St Paul Chamber Ensemble presents the third and final performance of the Autumn Sacred Music Series 2017, Breath of Heaven – a joyful celebration of seasonal music by one of Malta’s foremost musical ensembles at St Laurence Church, Birgu, on Saturday, 16th December at 7.00 pm. Entrance is free but proceeds will go in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.
Venue: St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta
Time: 7.30 pm
The St Paul Chamber Ensemble is currently in preparation for the performance of Mro Joseph Sammut’s oratorio The Canticles of St Luke, a work which was premiered at St John’s Co-Cathedral in 2010. This work, which is scored for chamber orchestra, female choir, tenor and contralto, was awarded the Jury Prize by an international adjudicating panel at the 2007 APS Bank Music Competition for local composers.
The recital, under the baton of HE Chev Mro Mark Agius, will see a return of this oratorio to St John’s Co-Cathedral on the 31st March, 2017 and will feature the solo voices of tenor Charles Vincenti and mezzo soprano Claire Massa together with the Santa Marija choir under the direction of choir mistress Mary Grace Fenech.
Entrance is free but proceeds in the form of donations will go to Id-Dar tal-Providenza.
Venue: Christ the King Parish Church, Paola
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: St Nickolas Parish Church, Siggiewi
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Sta Maria Parish Church, Attard
Time: 7.30 pm
Venue: Augustinian Priory, Valletta
Time: 7.30 pm