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Hectic Week In Malta

Canon Simon Godfrey writes:- "In the midst of a hectic week with three concerts as part of the Valletta International Baroque Festival ranging from the complete Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 to the works of Maltese Baroque composers Tomasso Prota and Michael Christian Festing ,played by the Camerata Galatea an international ensemble from Malta, Serbia, Canada and England, the Pro Cathedral received two guests .Adrian Mumford was visiting to assess the progress on our Organ rebuild and the Auxillary Bishop of Malta Mons Charles Scicluna was visiting for the Week of prayer for Christian Unity.

“Bishop Scicluna was for 13 years at the Vatican and is a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith .He returned to his native Malta last year  and is rapidly becoming a very good friend of the Chaplaincy having attended our Patronal Festival in 2013 and given the Blessing at our Annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

“The occasion for his visit was for a sacred concert when Max Emmanuel Cencic, one of the worlds great counter tenors, and Soprano Camille Poul sang JS Bach's adaption of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater using the libretto from Psalm 51.The Bishop and I  sat together for the duration of the concert and were able to discuss common issues and hopes in Malta in the field of ecumenism during the breaks from the sublime music of two  great masters. One could imagine the old Bach hearing Pergolesi who perished at the age of 26 and setting it to meet his needs in Leipzig in 1747 and the glorious consequences that ensued from such collaboration.”