Archdiocese appoints new maestro

The Archdiocese of Malta has appointed Maestro Christopher Muscat as Maestro di Cappella at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

In a statement, the Archdiocese announced that Muscat’s duties include the preparation and direction of music and choir for liturgical celebrations in St Paul’s Cathedral, Imdina and St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, as well as promoting liturgical music in the Maltese Archdiocese.

Muscat is a composer and director, who has been involved in sacred music since the age of ten, when he was a member of the Co-Cathedral choir. He graduated from the University of Malta and read for a Masters in music at Surrey University.

In 2004 Muscat started leading the Jubilate Deo choir which was set up in Naxxar in 1974. The choir will now become the resident choir at the Co-Cathedral and in the Archdiocese. Muscat has a vast experience leading choirs which include several concerts on special occasions at St John’s, the Imdina Cathedral, London’s Westminister Cathedral and St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. His works have been performed in various important European centers, as well as Tunisia, China and the United States.

He has collaborated with various orchestras, choirs and international artists; from the Medici String Quartet, i Virtuosi di Praga, composers Karl Jenkins and Marco Frisina, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and the Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

Muscat is a member of the World Council of Choirs and is regularly invited to judge international vocal and instrumental competitions and compositions. He was also the Artistic Director and President of the Malta International Choir Festival for a number of years.