Liturgical Feast of the Sacred Heart 12th June 2015

Chorus Urbanus' engagements during festa week at Fontana started on Tuesday 9th June. Triduum was celebrated from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th, with Fr Michael Camilleri OP, Chaplain of the Basilica of Our Lady of Porto Salvo, Valletta, delivering three splendid triduum sermons on the Sacred Heart. 

During the three celebrations, the choir performed Haydn's Mass in B Flat Major accompanied by SATB soloists and String Orchestra together with various four-part hymns including the eponymous Tina l-Hlewwa tal-ilsna tas-Sema.

On Friday June 12th, the Liturgical Feast of the Sacred Heart, the choir performed Missa In Fractione Panis by John Galea, accompanied by brass ensemble. This mass was written specifically for the 25th Anniversary of the Presbyteral Ordination of Msgr Mario Grech and was later chosen by the Vatican's Commission for Church Music spearheaded by Mons. Marini to be performed during Pope Benedict's visit to Malta in 2010. 

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Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony - Fontana

Chorus Urbanus animated the liturgical ceremony of the Sacrament of Confirmation during which Fontana candidates will be confirmed by Bishop Grech. This took place yesterday  Friday 29th May at the Sacred Heart National Shrine where eleven candidates were confirmed as adult members of the Catholic Church.  

Chorus Urbanus gave a wholesome performance that included also works by Mozart, Frisina and Tye's Missa In Sol, and the hymn Veni Creator Spiritus. 

The service was also marking the penultimate Friday in preparation for the Feast of the Sacred Heart.    

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Farewell Service - Ms. Kitty Scerri 29th May 2015

The Chorus Urbanus family paid its last respects during the funeral service of Mrs. Kitty Scerri at Saint Augustine's Priory, Victoria, yesterday Friday 29th May 2015 at 4.30pm. Ms. Scerri is the mother of Architect Edward Scerri, the choir's President for these last 20 years. She was a loyal supporter of our Choir and her advice in turbulent and in good times was an inspiration to us all. In the words of our musical director John Galea "the great crowds inside the church and outside on the church parvis are a solid testimonial of the esteem of such a righteous lady!" 

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Magnificent concert in St.Augustine's Church, Valletta

Chorus Urbanus performed a concert that was held during festa week at Saint Augustine's Parish Church in Valletta, yesterday Tuesday 12th May 2015. The choir was accompanied by a chamber orchestra under the direction of Dr John galea. The programme featured some a cappella works from the choir's vast repertoire as well as other works accompanied by orchestra and works by Caruana, Vivaldi, Elgar, Haydn, Giardini-Vella, Frisina, JS Bach, Bortniansky and by our director John Galea. The audience regaled our performance with appreciative applauses.

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St George's Parish Celebrates three Presbyteral anniversaries - 12th July St. George's Basilica

Saint George's Basilica was en fete on Sunday 12th July morning as its glorious bells resounded throughout Victoria to add to the joyful celebration of the presbyteral ordination anniversaries of three of its members of the Collegiate Chapter. 

Chorus Urbanus animated High Mass at 11.00 am that was celebrated by Msgr Joseph Gauci, founder of Chorus Urbanus, Can. Tarcisio Camilleri, Vicar-General of the Gozo Diocese, Archpriest Msgr Paul Cardona together with the Collegiate Chapter of St George's Basilica on the occasion of the presbyteral ordination anniversaries of Can Francis Vella (60th), Msgr Gauci (50th) and Msgr. Coronato Grima (40th).

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25th wedding anniversary celebration - 7th June 2015

Chorus Urbanus animated the silver anniversary mass of Mario Portelli (Tenor) and Frances Portelli at Saint George's Basilica on June 7th 2015 at 11.00 am. We were all eager to mark this milestone in Mario's and Frances' married life and happy to share the happy moments together with the family and friends. The ceremony included the renewal of the Marriage Vows by the couple and homily was delivered by Fr John Vella.

After the ceremony a commemorative photo was taken together with the couple. The photo will be uploaded soon.

(photo credit: Christine Gauci)

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