Musicians will play with their backs to an empty hall, and the beauty of the Manoel will stand out- ‘Għajta Waħda’ on Sunday
We are all, as the saying goes, in the same boat. The extraordinary situation we find ourselves in has made us pull on the same rope. During these days many persons are showing solidarity with each other. Among other factors, music has played a crucial role, with tens of thousands from all corners of the world, including Malta, thronging the balconies and rooftops of their homes and singing in unity.
With effect from Sunday, Festivals Malta in collaboration with the local broadcasting scene will broadcast four concerts over four consecutive Sundays. The concerts are entitled ‘Għajta Waħda’ – One Shout. The main aim – besides a medley of songs against a background of local scenery which will entertain all Maltese and Gozitans – is to continue to instil national unity.
In comments to tvm.com.mt Kevin Abela, Director of ‘Brass House Unit’, the band which will kick off the spectacle on Sunday together with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, explained that in the present circumstances the musicians could not train together as they normally do. Mr Abela said the band worked from the Manoel Theatre, with the space being exploited to the maximum so that the musicians could maintain social distancing. The band director added that the set has been designed in reverse as if the artists are singing with an empty hall as background. Mr Abela added that in all probability no one has ever used the Manoel Theatre stage in this way.
‘Għajta Waħda’, which is being held under the patronage of the President of Malta, the Tourism Ministry and the Culture Ministry, will start off on Sunday 17 May at 9.00 p.m. on a number of stations and platforms, including TVM.
During the four sessions, funds will be raised in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund. The public is urged to donate through these numbers: 50619201 (€11.65), 50618918 (€6.99) u 50617596 (€2.33).