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THE JUBILATE DEO CHOIR

 

 

The choir was formed by the then parish priest of Naxxar, Rev Paul Caruana in 1974 as a girls’ choir and sang for the first time at Christmas that same year. In the following months male voices were added and the enlarged choir sang for the first time in the Good Friday celebrations of 1975. Eventually adult female voices were added and the choir became an SATB choir.

 

The first big occasion for the choir came in 1980 when the members took part in the monumental mass composed by Maestro Joe Fenech, who also led the choir on the 50th anniversary of Mons Carmelo Scerri’s ordination. Having passed that test the choir moved ahead. Not only did the choir perform regularly in the liturgical feasts in the parish church, at Christmas time, Good Friday and Easter as well as the parish feast, the Nativity of Our Lady, but the choir was also invited to take part at the Manoel Theatre for consecutive years during the operetta season; it took part in the BBC production “Songs of Praise” which was televised worldwide; it was also one of the choirs which sang during the papal mass during the pope’s visit to Malta.

 

Throughout these years the choir had been led by Rev Richard Borg and grew under the leadership of Rev Rene Vella. In the last couple of years, Fr Rene was too busy with other priestly duties and had to give up. On many an occasion Lawrence Scicluna deputised for him. In June 2004 the choir was entrusted to Christopher Muscat. 

  

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Rev. Paul Caruana (Founder & Music Director 1974 - 1983)

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Rev. Richard Borg (Music Director 1983 - 1985)

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Rev. Rene Vella (Music Director 1985 - 2004)

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