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Carols by Candlelight 2012

Popularity of Carols by Candlelight among Christmas and music lovers keeps reaching more and more people. This year happens to be the tenth edition of Carols by Candlelight and will be held on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 December. The event was officially launched on Wednesday 24 October and just after two days, the Saturday show was sold out.

The venue chosen for the past eight years is the Priory of St. Augustine in Victoria. Apart from the church which boasts of good acoustics and a very well preserved Mascioni organ, the audience feels part of the choir and you can hear them humming traditional carols which as John Rutter says - It cannot be Christmas without Christmas carols. Apart from the cosiness felt inside the church, patrons enter the priory for the dinner. On reaching the foyer, they will find an exhibition by the young talented Gozitan artist Victor Agius who will be presenting a set of ceramic sculptures and mixed media works related to the Nativity. The evening celebration continues with an exquisite dinner prepared by the Ta Frenc Chefs. This will be held in the cloister which again compliments with the Christmas spirit of the evening, with its unique comfort and decorations. Maltese residents who wish to spend the night at the Priory can do so. The event and place are so much compatible that these contribute in the whole success.

The other component for the success is surely the choir with its repertoire, always different and performance. The repertoire always includes many classical and traditional carols. Some carols have profound lyrics which with their simplicity narrate the Christmas story. Great composers gave importance to Christmas carols and left us a heritage which reaches a generation after the other, always leaving the same desire: that of singing them in the season. Some pieces will be performed a cappella, others with the accompaniment of the Jubilate Ensemble and others will be interpreted by soloists amongst whom Albert Buttigieg, Charles Vincenti, Catherine Portelli and Marouska Attard, who is also the Musical Director.

The organisers work with the aim of indulging all those attending in a memorable, spiritual and creative experience which helps one retire from the daily routine and go back in time, reliving childhood memories. Moreover, all proceeds of this evening go to Guzeppa Debono Home of Ghajnsielem which caters for single parents and organises pro-life activities.

Patrons with tickets only are allowed in. Tickets for Friday 14 December are available and can be purchased from D Amato Records Shop in Valletta and Bargate Bookshop in Victoria. Maltese residents who wish to stay overnight in the priory are kindly asked to book by calling on 79450950.

More information can be obtained from the website, by sending an email or from Schola Cantorum Jubilate Facebook Page.