Festival Concert

3rd November

The Ethnic Choral Sounds concert is being organised as part of the Malta International Choir Festival, on Friday 3 November, is an evening of ethnic choral singing during which the audience will be able to enjoy a colourful, cultural slideshow from around the world. Each of the seventeen participating choirs will be performing music from their own country, mostly in folk costume and some also accompanied by traditional dance movements.

ShenZhen Ruby Art Troupe, China Conductor: Yang Qiuming

  1. Om Ma Ni Pad Me Hung by Zhenru
The Academic Choir of the Silesian University of Technology, Poland   Conductor: Tomasz Giedwiłło
  1. Namawiała Kasia by  Romuald
  2. Krakowiak by  Stanisław Kazuro
Coro Lorenzo Perosi, Italy Conductor: Maria Grazia Garau
  1. Canzoni e Tracca by Marco Cresta
  2. Tracca by Marco Cresta 
CANTAMI, Germany Conductor: Melli Mayer-Lueck
  1. Griechischer Wein by Juergens Udo
  2. Ueber'n See by Maierhofer Lorenz
VOCA, Malta Conductor: Nathalie Camilleri
  1. Maltese Medley arr. by Stephen Ferrito
Chamber choir ‘CON MOTO’, Lithuania Conductor: Audronė Stepankevičiūtė
  1. Išjojo jojo, sodauto (Brothers went out) – Traditional Lithuanian song
  2.  Buvo dūda Vilniuj (The pipe was in Vilnius) arr. by Jonas Tamulionis
  3. Eisva mudu abudu (Both of us will go) arr. by Gintautas Venislovas
The Kefar Sava Chamber Choir, Israel Conductor: Aharon Harlap
  1. Shiru L'Adonai ("Sing unto the Lord") - Aharon Harlap
  2. Old love song (in Hebrew) - Nachum Heiman
  3. Shalom Aleichem ("Peace be with you") - Traditional song
Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia Conductor: Agustinus Bambang Jusana
  1. Hela Rotan (Maluku) arr. by Ken Steven
  2.  Sik-sik Sibatumanikam (Batak, Sumatera Utara) arr. by Pontas Purba
St Paul's Choral Society, Malta Conductor: Hugo Agius Muscat
  1. L-Imnarja by Carmelo Pace 
August 07, Estonia Conductor: Urve Uusberg
  1. Millal saame sinna maale  by - Veljo Tormis
  2. Ära löö noorikut - Veljo Tormis
  3. Kiigelaul II  - Veljo Tormis
Choir Music Friends, Romania Conductor: Florin Emil Nicolae Badea
  1. Sârba pe loc by - Gheorghe Danga
  2. Sări mandra sări draga by - Sabin Pautza
Latvia, Malta Conductor: Gunta Vavere
  1. Rīga dimd (Riga resounds) Latvian folk song Jānis Cimze
  2. Neba maize pate nāce arr. by Selga Mence
  3. Pūt vējiņi Latvian folk song Andrejs Jurjāns
Gente Habanera, Spain Conductor: Mar Calvo Calvo
  1. Zorongo gitano  arr. by - Federico García-Lorca
  2.  O voso gallo - Manuel Groba
Poznański Chór Kameralny Towarzystwa Muzycznego im. H.Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu, Poland Conductor: Matelska Katarzyna
  1. Szła dzieweczka Traditional  - Antoni Gref
  2. Krakowiak by Stanisław Moniuszko
Kulturno umetniško društvo Duri Col, Slovenia        Conductor: Veronika Škedelj
  1. Dekle je pralo srajčke dvej - Walter Lo Nigro
  2. Kantaj Nineta - Kumar Aldo
Carillon, Italy Conductor: Caterina Pasetto
  1. La Fameja Dei Gobon Traditional
  2.  O bella ciao Traditional
Vocalensemble Landsberg, Germany Conductor: Matthias Utz
  1. "Es flog ein kleins Waldvögelein"  Traditional  Michael Jäckel
  2. Kein schöner Land in dieser Zeit Traditional arr. by Wolfram Buchenberg
Kaunas mixed choir Kamertonas, Lithuania Conductor: Kęstutis Jakeliūnas
  1. Zuvu dainos (Songs of fishes) by Giedrius Svilainis

Festival Concert

4th November

The Festival concert will feature the main guests of the festival: the Gentlemen's Singers (Czech Republic) and the Arsis Handbell Ensemble (Estonia). The former is a choir made up entirely of male singers who will be presenting an eclectic programme of classical, contemporary and jazz selections. The Arsis Handbell Ensemble developed from the chamber choir Arsis in 1993. Today it consists of eight professional players who make use of one of the most perfect sets of in the world consisting of 7+4 octave sets of handbells and 7 octave set of handchimes. The ensemble has performed all over the world (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, South-Africa, USA, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, Belgium, Holland, China and Lebanon) and has released seven CD's.

It is one-of-a-kind experience on the 4th November taking place at the Mediterranean Conference Center at 19:30. Get your tickets by calling on +35625595750


  1. Largo G.Fr.Händel; arr. Fr.Callahan from the opera Xerxes
  2. Passacaglia G.Fr.Handel; arr. W.H.Griffin from the Seventh Suite
  3. Ave Maria Fr.Schubert; arr. W.H.Griffin
  4. Prelude E.Grieg, arr. D.J.Benton from The Holberg's Time
  5. Autumn Song P.I.Tchaikovsky, arr. V.Soonberg from the piano cycle The Seasons
  6. Overture P.I.Tchaikovsky; From The Nutcracker Suite : arr. K.McChesney
  7. Trepak P.I.Tchaikovsky; arr. W.H.Griffin
  8. Awake, my Heart! Estonian folk song; arr. T.Kõrvits
  9. Maltesina Traditional; arr. V.Soonberg
  10. Hungarian Rhapsody no 2 Fr.Liszt; arr. D.E.Wagner

Choirs singing in various churches

5th November

Choir Church Time
MOTÝLI ŠUMPERK (Czech Republic) Naxxar Parish Church 11.00am
August 07 (Estonia) San Girgor Parish Church 11.30am
Vocalensemble Landsberg (Germany) Luqa Parish Church 10.30am
Mandak Choir (Hungary) Stella Maris Parish Church, Sliema 11.30am
Medera (Latvia) Mtarfa Parish Church 11.00am
Chamber Choir Con Moto (Lithuania) Qawra Parish Church 11.00am
Kaunas mixed choir Kamertonas (Lithuania) Nazzarenu Parish Church, Sliema 11.30am
The Academic Choir of the Silesian University of Technology (Poland) Balluta Parish Church 11.00am
Cathedral Boy's Choir PUERI CANTORES TARNOVIENSES (Poland) Qormi San Bastjan Parish Church 11.00am
Dominanta Choir from Cracow University of Economics – Poland Ghaxaq Parish Church 10.30am
Poznański Chór Kameralny Towarzystwa Muzycznego imienia Henryka Wieniawskiego w Poznaniu - (Poland) Ibrag Parish Church 09.45am
Chór Campanella Syców (Poland) Mgarr Parish Church 10.30am
Freedom (Russia) Gudja Parish Church 10.00am
Choir Music Friends (Romania) Zebbug Parish Church 11.00am
Choir Voces Blancas del Conservatorio del Nalón, Spain B’Bugia Parish Church 11.00am