The St Paul Choral Society will be joining forces with the London Forest Choir on Saturday, 9th June, to present an evening of choral music, accompanied by Elisabeth Conrad and Leo Nicholson, at St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta, at 7.30pm.
Both choirs also have a cappella pieces included in their programmes. The two choirs have already performed together in England last year at Chingford. Each choir will perform separately during the concert besides singing together.
The 60 choristers of the St Paul Choral Society, under their musical director, Hugo Agius Muscat, have been performing from a wide repertoire spanning from the 16th century to the present day, for close to fourteen years and need little introduction in Malta. During the concert on Saturday, they will perform, on their own, pieces by Mozart, Franck, Fauré and Rutter and, jointly with the London Forest Choir, pieces by Bach, Bruckner, Stainer, Elgar and Handel.
The London Forest Choir was established in 1950 in Walthamstow, North East London, and it has been based in that area ever since. Some of its 80 members, that describe themselves as ‘an eclectic bunch of people who share a common love of choral music’, will be in Malta to sing from their extensive repertoire, under the direction of their music director, Jonathan Rathbone, a renowned composer, arranger and conductor.
During the concert at St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, they will perform pieces from Wood, Purcell and Handel, as well as traditional songs arranged by the choir’s director. The London Forest Choir will also give a choral concert of English Sacred Music, with their accompanist, Leo Nicholson, on Thursday, 7 June, at Siggiewi Parish Church, Siggiewi, at 7.45pm. During this concert, the choir is expected to perform pieces by Wood, Franck, Purcell, Byrd, Elgar, Harris, Howells, Britten, Parry, Stanford and Handel.
Admission to both concerts is free. The collection at St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral will be in aid of the organ fund.