Monday, October 8, 2012

Things to do in Malta - 'Voices 2012: Dream a little Dream'

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‘VOICES’ is a popular concert, occurring every two years, which is held in aid of different local charities. These shows combine the best voices on the islands to create magical performances for everyone to enjoy. From classical songs to more upbeat and modern tunes, you’ll surely enjoy singing along to Voices.

VOICES is a completely non-profit organization and its concerts serve to raise money for charitable and worthy causes. None of the members of the VOICES choir, band or committee receive any form of remuneration for their services. To date, VOICES has contributed over one million Euros to various local and international charities including the Hospice Movement, Eden Foundation, Caritas, JRS, Cash for Cancer, YMCA, Fondazzjioni Suret il-Bniedem, Razzett tal-Hbiberija, Dar tal-Provvidenza, UNICEF, Amnesty International Red Cross International, UNHCR (Malta) and others.

The driving force behind VOICES is still the same as when the whole idea started – to bring young people together in a positive and creative environment, to offer good entertainment: and to be a voice for and aid to the underprivileged.

The first VOICES concert, with a choir of 75 singers, was held in June 1991 at St. Aloysius College in order to raise funds for the Jesuit Community towards the building of the new Sixth Form Complex. Due to an outstanding performance, a repeat performance titled “VOICES-Encore” was held between 11 and 13 October 1991 at the University Auditorium under the sponsorship of the Secretariat for Youth & Culture. This time, the proceeds of Lm 5,000 went towards the Youth Against Drugs campaign. Over the years, the number of choir singers grew to over 200 and concerts are now held every two years at the Mediterranean Conference Centre reaching a record audience of over 13,000 people during a run of 10 performances in 2008.

This year’s theme is ‘DREAM A LITTLE DREAM’ as dreaming is what has led to the most innovative, creative ideas man has ever come up with. For, it is only when we allow ourselves to let our imagination fly and not impose limitations on what we can or cannot do, that we can achieve our greatest success as people.

It was one man’s dream that led to the creation of VOICES now in its 11th edition – Louis Naudi dared to dream and today the VOICES Foundation is proud to carry on his idea which has flourished and grown from its very modest beginnings.

This year the VOICES committee invites all of those are able to attend VOICES to allow themselves to be inspired because it is never too late to let your spirit soar; it is never too late to dream.

The ten performances by the 200 strong choir and a live band will take place between the 3-7 and 10-14 October at 7.30pm at the Mediterranean Conference Centre.

For more information on Things to do in Malta during your holidays kindly contact the concierge desk at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta