History of the Festival

The islands of Malta and Gozo can boast of a very thriving choral scene and – with over 350 churches serving a population of about 430,000 – the choral tradition is, understandably, built around and mostly focused on sacred music. The top choral activity of the Maltese Islands is the Malta International Choir Festival, which has been held at regular intervals since 1988.

The Festival was the brainchild of the Ministry for Tourism (MOT), then its organisation was handed over to the National Tourism Organisation later to become the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA). Between 2006 and 2013 the Festival was held in tandem with the world-renowned Interkultur / Musica Mundi of Germany.

Since 1988, when the festival was held for the first time, Malta has hosted not less than 220 choirs from all over the world. The Festival keeps growing from strength to strength, as more choirs seek new experiences and therefore new locations. Malta has become one of those popular destinations where choirs enjoy their participation.

The Organisers always prefer historical locations that offer a different ambience than the usual so that choristers may experience a more emotionally charged atmosphere. One such venue is definitely, St John’s Co-Cathedral. One other venue which both prestigious and historical is the Mediterranean Conference Centre, once a hospital built by the Order of the Knights of St John and now a very important conference centre.

The Organising Committee is always aiming to expand the Festival through a number of innovative and pedagogical projects.

List of Participating Choirs of Previous Editions of the Festival
1994 – 2016

1994

Barry Male Voice Choir - Wales
Cantorion Colin Jones - Wales
Newport (Salop) & District male voice choir - UK
Anima mae girls chamber choir - Russia
Karlovy Vary Girls Choir - Czech Republic
Vox Pacis Female Choir - Hungary
Chamber Choir of Augsburg University - Germany
German School of Brussels - Belgium
Othinsky Centre Youth Choir - Russia
Phoenix Choir - Hungary
St. Monica Choir - Malta

1995

Quartett-Verein Hunsborn 1968 - Germany
Voorburg Mixed Choir - The Netherlands
Classica Mixed Choir - Russia
Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir - Wales
Risca Male Voice Choir - Wales
Amadeus Chamber Choir - Malta
Amadeus Female Ensemble - Malta
Sine Macula Mixed Choir - Malta

1996

Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir - UK
Gotherington Ladies Choir - UK
Honley Male Voices Choir - UK
Larnaca Progressive Movement Mixed Choir - Cyprus
Daile Mixed Choir - Latvia
Ave Vita Vilnius Pedagogical University Mixed Choir - Lithuania
Ave Vita Vilnius Pedagogical University Ladies Choir - Lithuania
Chor Akademicki Pedagogische Hochschule - Poland
Liubava Mixed Choir - Russia
Lucnica Mixed Choir - Slovakia

1997

D`Urltater Sangerrunde - Austria
Kammerchor Audite Nova - Austria
Chorea Academica - Czech Republic
Malcolm Lees Ladies Choir - UK
Halikko Ensemble - Finland
Kor Sine Macula - Malta
The St. Monica Choir - Malta
Dornkrone Chamber Choir - Russia

1998

Klapa Kastav Male Chamber Choir - Croatia
Vatroslav Lisinski Mixed Choir - Croatia
Shefield Male Voice Choir - UK
Envol Mixed Choir - France
Chorgruppe Lohner - Germany
The New Israeli Vocal Ensemble - Israel
Passionari Mixed Choir - Japan
Langas St. Bernardins Church Ladies Choir - Lithuania
Langas St. Bernardins Church Mixed Choir - Lithuania
The Amadeus Chamber Choir - Malta
Dei Patris Mixed Choir - Poland
The Elegia Chamber Choir - Russia
Haberdashers` Monmouth School for Gilrs Choir - Wales

1999

Lakatamia Municipal Choir - Cyprus
Decinsky Pevecky Sbor - Czech Republic
St. Sthytians Male Voice Choir - UK
St. Monica Choir - Malta

2000

Bakalarze - Poland
Cor Merched Bro Nest Ladies Choir - Wales
Sallskapet Merry Musicians - Finland
Divci Komorny Sbor - Usti University - Czech Republic
Chor Akademicki Pedagogische Hochschule - Poland
Chor Kamaralny - Adam Mickiewicz University - Poland
Alba Folk - Albania
Vantaan Laulu - Finland

2001

Puelle Bohemicae - Czech Republic
Detstvo - Russia
Alania - Russia
Bartok - Hungary
Canto Ergo Sum - Italy
Coro - UK
Puijon Laulu - Finland
Christ College Brecon Chapel Choir - Wales

2002

Kysuca Mixed Choir - Slovakia
Alei Gefen Chorus - Israel
Rustiko - Macedonia
Voces Intimae - France
New Choral Singers - Malta
Ad Una Corda - Slovakia
Chorale Rene Rose - France
Pueri Cantores Thorunieneses - Poland
Donaghedee Male Voice Choir - Ireland
Sol Oriens - Hungary
Bielski Chor Kameralny - Poland

2003

AZM Choir - Poland
Dominicantes Choir - Poland
Galytski Peredzovny Choir - Ukraine
Gdansk University Choir - Poland
Junger Brahms Choir - Germany
Karra Na`n Choir - Sweden
Loveny Male Voice Choir - UK
Muklajs Chamber Choir - Latvia
Pueri Cantores Choir - Poland
Rustiko Female Choir - Macedonia
Sandefjord Jentekor`s Ensemble - Norway
Sine Macula Choir - Malta
Tetova Mixed Youth Choir - Macedonia
Villa Maria Chorale - USA
YMCA Male Choir Oulu - Finland

2004

Choral Society of Moravian Teachers - Czech Republic
The Chamber Youth Choir Consonance - Russia
Bach Singers - Hungary
Don Bosco College Mixed Choir - Belgium
Cantores Sancti Juliani - Malta
Guoste Female Choir - Lithuania
Tonos Humanos Mixed Choir - Columbia
Ausma Female Choir - Latvia
San Beda College Chorale - Philippines

2006

Suhler Knabenchor e.V.- Germany
Sjölund Kammerkor - Denmark
Voix du C.I.E.M. - France
Sempre Balanssi - Finland
Lapsi-ja nuorisokuoro Katajanmarjat - Finland
Studentkören Pedavoces - Finland
OTE's Mixed Choir - Greece
Vox Iuventutis Gyermekkar - Hungary
Hof Yamim Ashkelon - Israel
Sine Macula Choir Malta - Malta
Kor Fjur T'Assisi - Malta
Sine Macula Junior Choir - Malta
Ladies Barbershop Chorus MOODSWING - Malta
ENKOR Choir - Malta
Chór Akademicki Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego - Poland
Chór Akademicki Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego - Poland
Longgang Female Teachers' Choir - China
Chamber Choir "Vera" - Russia
Cantores Cathedrales - Sweden
Madrigalkören - ladies choir - Sweden
Drustvo Zenski Akademski Pevski Zbor Vugas - Slovenia

2007

MGV ALMROSE RADENTHEIN - Austria
HRVATSKO PJEVACKO DRUSTVO LIPA - Croatia
KOMORNÍ SMÍŠENÝ SBOR VENTILKY - Czech Republic
ONDRÁŠEK CZECH CHOIR - Czech Republic
KØBENHAVNS KANTATEKOR - Denmark
TALLINNA ÜLIKOOLI KAMMERKOOR - Estonia
ADDICTIO - Finland
KAMMERCHOR AM WÜRZBURGER DOM - Germany
MÁV SZOLNOKI JÁRMÜJAVÍTÓ FÉRFIKARA - Hungary
KALVA FEMALE CHOIR ROJA - Latvia
CHÓR MESKI W WYRZYSKU - Poland
BLAGAYA VEST ENSEMBLE - Russia
“MOSKOVSKIE KOLOKOLA” MUSIKALNOY SHKOLY GNESINIKH - Russia
“MOSKOVSKIE KOLOKOLTSHIKI” MUSIKALNOY SHKOLI GNESINIKH - Russia
FOLKPUST - Sweden
NON SILENTIUM - Sweden
IN CANTANTI - Switzerland

2009

Miesoviti Hor spd Jedinstvo - Bosnia Herzegovina
Maulbronner Kammerchor - Germany
Zenska Klapa Teranke - Croatia
Magnificat Youth Choir - Hungary
Kamerkoris Amadeus - Latvia
Ghazaq Folk Ensemble - Malta
Venda Ventspils - Latvia
St Paul Choral Society - Malta
Santa Monica Choir Malta
Journey Choir - Malta
Kammerkoret Collegium Vocale Hamar - Norway
Sola Fide - Norway
Viva Trondheim - Norway
Drustvo Pevski Zbor Srecko Kosovel - Slovenia
Oktet 9 - Gimnazija Celje Center - Slovenia
Otroski in Dekliski pevski Zbor Gimnazije Celje Center - Slovenia
Nicolai Kammarkor - Sweden
Coro Universitario de valladolid - Spain
Stockholms studentsangarforbund - Sweden
Tors Hammarkor - Sweden
Vox Angelica Huddinge - Sweden

2011

Banjalucanke - Bosnia Herzegovina
Caldera - Norway
APOLLON - Norway
Kazimierz - Poland
Anima - Moscow
Orpharion - St Petersburg
GLORIA - Zelenograd
Ru S:T Johannes - Sweden
FaVoZa - Slovenia
NAPEV - Slovenia
Mesani Ml - Slovenia
Mirabitur - Malta
Jubilate Deo Choir - Malta

2013

Academic Choir "Podlipki" - Russia
Alversund Kammerkor - Norway
Carmina - Czech Republic
China ChEO Choir - China
Eller`s Girls Choir - Estonia
Enkor Choir - Malta
Espoon Mieslaulajat ESMILA - Finland
Gones Enchanteurs - France
Hamakhela Hakamerit - Israel
Hämeenlinnan Mieskuoro - Finland
Hauka Mannskor - Norway
Joy Gospel Singers - Malta
Junger Kammerchor Rhein-Neckar - Germany
Kamarikuoro Gaudete! - Finland
Koret Diandre - Norway
Kolorits - Latvia
LU FMF Jauktais Koris Aura - Latvia
Malta Symphonic Choir - Malta
Marie Therese Vassallo Voice Studio - Malta
Mitte-Riinimanda - Estonia
Muzhskoi Razgovor - Russia
MVS "Nešpula" KUD-a Matko Brajša Rašan - Croatia
Naiskuoro Välke/Women's Choir Välke - Finland
Riddarholmens Kammarkör - Sweden
Sandefjord Vokalensemble - Norway
Schola Cantorum Jubilate - Malta
Slavonic Tractor - Finland
Vajra Gita Nusantara Choir - Indonesia
Vivat - Russia
Vocal Ensemble "Podlipki" - Russia
Vypuskniki - Russia
World Festival Choir - Norway

2015

Prima Choir - Bulgaria
CANORUS - Estonia
Children`s Choir Mariel - Estonia
The Mixed Choir of the European Capital of Culture - Estonia
Tallinn Boys Choir - Estonia
Female Choir Madrigalen - Finnish
André Sala - France
Friends for Gospel - Italy
Jasminas Koris - Latvia
KIVI children's Choir - Lithuania
Jubilate Deo - Malta
Bergen Mannskor - Norway
Bi-Bi Singers - Poland
Mulierum Schola Gregoriana Clamaverunt Iusti - Poland
Choir of the Maritime University in Szczecin - Poland
Mixed Choir of the Music Department of the University of Zielona Gora - Poland
Westpomeranian University of Technology Chamber Choir - Poland
Zernyshky' Asafyev Choir - Russia
Chamber Choir Vera - Russia
Girls` Choir of Gimnazija Celje - Center - Slovenia
Boys` Choir of Gimnazija Celje - Center - Slovenia
The LeWe quartet - Sweden
St. Johannes Youth Choir - Sweden
Combe Bank Choral Society - United Kingdom
The National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain - United Kingdom
Chantage - United Kingdom