Malta November 1996

Encouraged by the success of our Belgian trip in 1994, we entered  the Malta International Choral Competition in 1996. We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in that competition, singing in the Valetta Conference Centre, but a special memory of the visit was singing in churches on the island. We sang at Qrendi, with a reception afterwards for what seemed to be the whole village and also at Zebbug, where our accompanist had to contend with the 'organ from hell' and also with regular aircraft overhead as they prepared to land at the neighbouring airport. The local scooter riders also enjoyed circling the church as we sang!

It was comparatively peaceful on the lovely island of Gozo, where we sang to a packed church and won over the deeply suspicious clergy, who were initially doubtful of our choice of music. They presented us with a parting gift of a picture of their patron saint which now hangs in the home of a choir member. The post concert reception there took place in the Police station/local lock-up.

The friendliness of the audiences was a delight and we returned to a chilly November in England with very warm memories.

Singing in Malta