Monday, 22 November 2021

Ċirku9Ġrajja: Christmas concert series


by Daniela Grech Sultana

Cirku9Grajja PosterThis Christmas, Schola Cantorum Jubilate (SCJ) will take its audience on a three-concert journey set amidst the magnificence of the National Shrine of Ta’ Pinu in Gozo.

Well-known for their unique concert experiences, including Carols by Candlelight and Premju Għall-Arti nominee Song Reborn, this year’s Ċirku9Ġrajja promises to be yet another memorable choral event.

Ċirku9Ġrajja is a series of three concerts, each with its own unique setting, choristers and musicians. Each celebrates Christamas and the traditions tied to it, colouring the season with vibrant music and joyful carols while also providing opportunities for deep thinking through the verses and thoughts accompanying the music.

“Our aim is to provide an unforgettable acoustic experience to both the choristers and the attendees,” explains SCJ’s Artistic Director, Stefan Attard. “We try to be as innovative as possible in the concerts we organise to keep the audience eager and for them to interact with the new concepts presented. We’re fully aware that time is precious for everyone and that a concert experience has to enrich the audience, both on a personal and community level,” he continues.

This year’s venue will surely add to this, with Ta Pinu’s unique architecture providing the perfect environment for the audience to reflect and immerse itself in this concert experience. “We will be presenting a special repertoire involving 70 choristers and musicians,” says Marouska Attard, SCJ’s Choral Director. The repertoire includes popular Christmas classics, some of which have been specifically arranged for this concert, new compositions as well as experimentation with different instruments. “Christmas is highly associated with choirs, and since our inception, SCJ has worked tirelessly to present unique choral projects. This year is no different.

” The first concert in the series, Ċirku, will be held on Saturday, 11th December and will feature soloists from SCJ accompanied by The Brasstubes, with both the audience and musicians in circular formation. The circle signifies the womb that brings life into the world and an infinite life cycle where every living organism, however tiny, has an impact on an evolving world.

This will be followed by Disgħa on Saturday, 18th December. Featuring the SCJ Children’s Choir and the SCJ Teenage Boys singers, Disgħa is inspired by the British tradition of the Nine Readings and Carols and based on the nine-month wait. For each reading, the audience will also have the opportunity to listen to a child’s take on the world surrounding them.

The concert series culminates with Ġrajja on Tuesday, 28th December. The SCJ Adults Choir, accompanied by the Cordia String Quartet will look back on Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents, juxtaposed against the Magnum Mysterium.

Reserve your free ticket for the concert(s) of your choice via booking.scjchoir.com, by sending an email on booking@scjchoir.com or by calling the ticket hotline: 79450950. There are limited seats available so reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. To ensure the health and safety of all, the organisers will adhere to all social distancing measures and to Health Authority directives.

Ċirku9Ġrajja is being brought to you in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage Directorate within the Ministry for Gozo.

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