During this special episode of Newsbook.com.mt‘s online cultural programme ‘Take a Bow‘, Coryse Borg interviews composer and musician Alex Vella Gregory, who is also the director of male acapella choir Cappella Sanctae Catharinae.
This year is the choir’s 10th anniversary. Its annual Christmas concert Gaudete will be held on Saturday 7th December at 7.30 pm at the Parish Church of the Assumption in Gudja – slightly earlier than their usual concert dates. This is due to the fact that a week later the choir will be travelling to Rome on its first ever tour abroad.
Gaudete will feature a new rendition of a forgotten Maltese carol as part of the choir’s Maltese Carols Project which aims to save Malta’s musical heritage from oblivion, as well as the world premiere of Vella Gregory’s ‘Flos Carmeli’. The choir will be joined by soprano Francesca Aquilina, one of Malta’s foremost young sopranos, for some of the items.
Although the concert is free, the choir continues on its commitment towards Malta’s cultural heritage by fundraising for the restoration of the 18th century Baroque organ by Domenico Antonio Rossi held in the same church.
Filming: Sarah Salafia
Editing: Coryse Borg