WATCH: L’Isle Adam band keeps its annual Imnarja appointment – with a difference
On this day, the traditional Imnarja feast, the L’Isle Adam Band of Rabat normally organises a concert at Saqqajja. This year, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the picturesque Saqqajja Square in Rabat is not ‘living’ the Imnarja feast as it has done in past years.
Covid-19 has led to the concert not being held as usual. Instead, the Committee and the Band Commission within the L’Isle Adam Musical Society made arrangements for the appointment to be kept through social media.
The Committee prepared a short video which they posted on the Society’s Facebook page, showing the L’Isle Adam Band playing on the club’s spacious terrace at Palazzo Xara.
With the background decked out with banderoles and other decorations, band members in formal uniform played under the direction of bandmaster Maestro William Debattista. Excerpts played included the popular L-Imnarja melody with an adaptation for the band, the work of honorary bandmaster Joseph Galeali. This melody is without a doubt closely linked to the country’s folklore festival.
Since its inception 160 years ago, the L’Isle adam Band has always played a major part in this traditional Maltese feast, among others with the concert by the Rabat band on the evening of L-Imnarja, which brings to an end the celebrations held in both Rabat and Buskett.