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Choir's noteworthy visit to Malta.

MEMBERS of Cambrian Male Voice Choir have returned from a trip to Malta where they took part in a memorial festival.

As part of the JP2 Memorial Festival, the choir were invited to perform in three concerts, two in Malta and one in Gozo. With the help of a grant of PS1,000, awarded from Interlink Community Funding, the choir had been able to purchase new uniforms for the tour.

The Valleys choir's first concert was at the Mgarr Parish Church.

Choir spokesman Roy Gibbins said: "The architecture both inside and outside the church was breathtaking. The acoustics helped to bring a richness and depth to our sound." The choir sung a varied repertoire and at the end of the evening received a standing ovation.

The party then had a few days to explore the island basking in hot temperatures.

They visited the historic city of Valletta Mdina, and the breathtaking bay of Sliema.

The second concert was in the Church of St Patrick in Sliema.

Father Joe Cini greeted the choir and once again a full congregation responded with yet another standing ovation.

The final concert was on the island of Gozo where the choir performed at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and St Gregory the Great Parish Church in Kercem. Once again the evening was celebrated in front of a capacity audience.

Mr Gibbins said: "With two standing ovations to finish, we made our way back to Bugibba knowing we had upheld and enhanced the reputation of Welsh choral singing on the island.

"A farewell party was held on the final night of the tour during which prizes were presented to choristers, who had gone way beyond the call of duty, to ensure the tour was successful and unforgettable. "The choir wish to congratulate Peter and Steph Davey, who organised the tour.

"Their meticulous planning and emphasis to detail, ensured the whole 10 days passed without distraction."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EXML
Date:Apr 25, 2013
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