History - 2005

February 12, 2005
    Gospel mass at St. Lawrence Church, Birgu. During the gospels the people in the church immediately started to participate.

March 12, 2005
    Lent/Easter Concert at St. Patrick's Church, Sliema. Premiere of Were you there, specially arranged for EnKor by Henk van der Sanden. Also premiere of new arrangement of Amazing Grace. In this piece two little girls aged 8 and 9 (Miriana Ferrito and Roberta Mallia) sang solo which truly enchanted the audience. The concert was very well received.


March 15, 2005
    Special Mass for Gloria Camilleri. To celebrate the birthday and retirement of EnKorister Gloria, EnKor sang during a special mass held at St. Joseph's Convent in Rabat. St. Joseph's Convent, Rabat.

 

March 27, 2005
    Easter Sunday Mass at Mother of Good Counsel Church, Paceville. The international audience and EnKor experienced a beautiful Easter Mass in which all participated wholeheartedly. EnKor received many compliments. 

 

April 29, 2005
    Spring Concertat the Salesian Theatre, Sliema. Concert organised by EnKor. Successful performance in a full house. Audience from all over the island and from abroad. Enthusiastic response and participation. Great soloists, professionally performed accompaniment, refined and touching choir and ensemble, full of expression.

 

May 13, 2005
    Official Opening of Dutch Embassy. EnKor was singing at Whitehall Mansions. Compliments to EnKor from Dutch Prime Minister. EnKor performed during the official opening of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ta'Xbiex. The Guest of Honor was the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, dr. Balkenende. Our host was the Dutch Ambassador to Malta H.E. Mr. Wilton. Many dignitaries like Maltese members of parliament and international ambassadors were present. First EnKor performed classical repertoire, followed by the national anthems of both Malta and the Netherlands. Later on during the reception, which followed the official opening, the choir entertained the guests with swinging gospel. Again EnKor received many compliments and is honored to have contributed to this special event.

 

June 12, 2005
    Festivities of 700 years San Nikola minn Tolentino. Forming part of a beautiful celebration, EnKor gave a concert at St. Monica School in Gzira. Amongst classical and gospel repertoire there was the premiere of EnKor's version of Oh happy day, with a jamming "improvisation" part for musicians, choir and soloists at the end. The audience loved it!

 

June 25, 2005
    Gospel mass at the Augustinian's church, Rabat. EnKor sang parts of its gospel repertoire. The mass ended with an enthusiastic final song in which choir as well as audience participated by singing and clapping.

 

September 6, 2005
    Twinning Commemorative Concert at the Independence Gardens Sliema Boulevard. EnKor performing at the Indepence Gardens. As part of the twinning celebrations between Sliema and the French city Les Sables d'Olonnes the mayor of Sliema Mr Albert Bonello Dupuis Hundreds of people of audience offered the official French Delegation a live open air Summer Concert by EnKor. On this lovely summer evening in the romantic ambiance amongst the palms of the beautiful gardens near the sea, the concert attracted hundreds of people, who enjoyed a selection of EnKor's varied repertoire - swinging gospels, EnKor originals, but also pieces like the famous Pie Jesu were impressive. For the occasion, the African song in French Le Grand Hallel and the popular Maltese L-Imnarja were added to EnKor's repertoire. Also official pieces like the European Hymn Ode to Joy and the Innu Malti were part of the program.

 

September 19, 2005
    Concert at Mediterranean Conference Centre. EnKor gave a sparkling concert fo an dignified audience which came from all over the world. Besides Maltese compositions the gospels were appreciated so much that the audience was chanting: "We want more" after the last encore. The compliments were overwhelming. The La Vallette Hall.

 

October 8, 2005
    Wedding at Siggiewi Parish Church of the daughter of EnKor's flautist. Special experience. The choir sections were spread over three very high and narrow balconies at the back of the church, overlooking the congregation far below. The picture gives an impression of the extreme height. The classical repertoire didn't only sound heavenly but also seemed to come from heaven, One of the high balconies at because of the location of the choir. Siggiewi's parish church.

 

October 18, 2005
    Master class. Kees Doevendans, working with EnKor during the Tuesday rehearsal at Villa Santa Maria. About two years ago Kees Doevendans, who is a Dutch conductor, musicologist and great musician, came to Malta to give EnKor some intensive and comprehensive workshops, in which choir singing, techniques and refinements played an important role. EnKor was very happy and grateful to welcome Kees again this year. During this session Kees introduced interesting exercises focusing on resonance and vowels. After a great session the evening ended with a party.

 

November 20, 2005
    Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Peoples Forum at the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC), Valetta. EnKor officially opened the first event of the Commonwealth jubilee with the singing of the Maltese National Anthem: the Innu Malti. After the official opening EnKor also sang some of its own originals and some swinging gospels.

 

November 22, 2005

    Performance at MCC participating in the Commonwealth Jubilee. Starting with L-Imnarja and later on swinging for CHOGM. During the gospel pieces the international audience joined in, as EnKor did with the next perfomers from the Caribbean. There was a great atmosphere and the performances ended up in a real feast in which everyone wholeheartedly participated. Singing, swinging, dancing limbo, together with musicians from all over the world.

 

December 7, 2005
    Christmas Concert This concert was exactly like last year at the same date
at the same venue organized again by the Rotary Club La Valette Malta in aid of the Embellishment of the Santa Margherita Lines, Birgu. The enthusiastic responses were overwhelming. Also people from abroad, who attended last year's concert came specially to Malta to attend also this concert. Great atmosphere at the Salesian theatre.

 

December 10, 2005
    Radio recordings at RTK studio. At RTK studio Musicians improvising (space & music) Soloists positions for Ave Maria Within one take many of EnKor's Christmas pieces were recorded, which were broadcasted several times during Christmas time.

 

December 17, 2005
    Gospel mass at Lija Church. EnKor performed a selection out of their gospel repertoire.

 

December 20, 2005
    Christmas Concert at St.Mary's Parish Church (Knisja l-Qadima) Birkirkara. In this beautiful church EnKor gave a Christmas concert, in which also "Unchained Melody" participated in three songs. Francesco Ghirxi composed and played for this occasion a brilliant organ piece: Angels from the realms of glory. The concert, which was received very well by the audience, was again for charity. The proceeds of the collection were donated to L-Istrina.

 

December 29, 2005
    Mass at Mother of Good Counsel Church, Paceville. 25th wedding anniversary of Johanna and René van Lent, who were honored that EnKor sang parts of its beautiful Christmas repertoire in this mass of gratitude.