Ecce-Homo-Concert2Ecce Homo marked Schola Cantorum Jubilate’s first concert of the year. This Lenten concert was intended to emphasise humanity particularly in present situations where it is threatened. This was especially brought forth with the repertoire sung, reflections read and the name itself… Ecce Homo meaning ‘Behold the Man’.

The concert started of with the male section of the choir reciting ‘Attende Domine’, a Gregorian chant with text written all the way back in the 10th century. The text depicts man invoking forgiveness for his sins. The piece was sung in the chapel of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu. Right after this piece, all choristers walked towards the main altar from where most of the pieces were interpreted. However, the choir made use of different spaces inside the sanctuary in order to provide a completely new depth to the music.

After another successful edition of ‘Carol by Candlelight’, ‘Sing Noël’ extended the choir’s singing to more people. This concert was a celebration of some of the greatest works of musical composition as well as some other less popular works. It was produced by the Xagħra Local Council.

POSTEREvery year ‘Carols by Candlelight’ attracts many people from the various corners of society to share the joys that Christmas bring with it. This year was not an exception; having this edition themed after none other than Bethlehem. Bethlehem intervened twice during the event giving information about its historical facts, its geographical position and even about its rise from an unknown town to a highly acclaimed one. The text was penned by Silvana Sultana and voiced by Marion Sayers.

ann marie weddingSCJ today accompanied chorister Anne Marie Bajada as she exchanged vows with her husband Gilbert Cassar. The nuptial mass started at 5pm at the Basilica of Maria Bambina in Xagħra. The mass was officiated by Fr. Mark Bonello while Deacon Joseph Hili administered the wedding rite. The choir, under the direction of Marouska Attard was accompanied by Joseph Camilleri on the organ, Jean Noel Attard on the violin and Yaroslav Miklukho on the cello.

AssedjuFor another consecutive year, SCJ animated the High Mass in commemoration of the Great Sieges of Malta. High dignitaries were invited for this mass amongst whom Hon. Dr. Justyne Caruana, Minister for Gozo and the Mayor and Councillors of Xagħra. This High Mass was officiated by H.E. Bishop George Bugeja together with other priests hailing from Xagħra. The choir was under the direction of Marouska Attard and accompanied by Ronald Camilleri on the church organ.