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In times like these, everybody loves to listen to something uplifting, be it connected with any form of art, faith or creed, or possibly both. A group of children from our community who assemble in the opera children’s chorus had this beautiful gift of hope (and music!) to share with whoever needs it.

Posted: 30th March 2020

Coping with COVID-19: The Aurora Children Sing

A ray of hope, a hymn, a prayer


The Background Story
The Aurora Opera House is part of the headquarters of a community windband – The Leone Band. Aside from the running of the Aurora Opera House, our raison d'être is that of teaching music, cultivating the Leone Band as a voluntary musical organisation, and organising the external festivities of Santa Marija on August 15th. Once you get this, you understand why our company, apart from an Opera House, has groups in charge of pyrotechnics, festive decorations, horseraces and whatever a local festa entails; you understand why it is absolutely normal for us to sport a large-than-life-size statue of Our Lady at the main foyer of the Opera House; and you will perfectly understand why you’ll find the same people partying in the streets in mid-August and doing opera on stage in mid-October.


The Hope
This is bound to change this year, as the summer festa as we know it, is very much likely not to happen due to the global pandemic of Corona Virus. And this is something that hits quite hard in the social and communal pysche of our people. We know that international travel will be closed for quite some time, but we are still holding together (virtually), in good hope and faith that at least, by mid-August we would be in a safe position to really come together on a very blessed 15th August to thank the heavens.

...we are still holding together (virtually), in good hope and faith that at least, by mid-August we would be in a safe position to really come together on a very blessed 15th August to thank the heavens.

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The Music
So our children, many of them whom you have the opportunity to see on stage at the Aurora in various events, not least the annual opera, came up with this prayer. It is the grand close to a twenty-minute-long cantata, sung in Italian, composed in 1913 by Orlando Crescimanno to lyrics by Ramiro Barbaro di San Giorgio, that goes by the name of Per La Festa di Maria Assunta in Cielo (For the Feast of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven). This opens the solemn procession of Our Lady, every year on 15th August at 7pm. The children (and as you may clearly see, the whole population) sing the coro degli angeli, angels’ chorus. Colin Attard, whom you see at the Aurora’s orchestra pit, stands on the Leone Band’s celebrated conductor’s podium.


The Prayer
As we reminisce the bright August days, and at the same time long for them in a safe and secure manner, our children continue to offer this ray of hope, to share this hymn, and to lead this prayer, which you are very welcome to make it yours:


Una gloria di luce e di canti
Ineggianti alla donna che muor
Vieni! Cantano gli angeli a coro
Vien decoro letizia splendor

Vieni presto regina diletta
Qui t’aspetta del mondo il Signor.


A glory of light and song
Shines on the fading woman
Come! The angels sing in chorus
Come, oh beautiful splendor of joy

Come soon beloved queen
The Lord awaits you.

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