Another Musical Exchange
After only 8 years and on the occasion of the 135th Anniversary from the foundation of the Club, the Central Committee believed that in order to mark this occasion, the Saint Lawrence Band shall be once again Vittoriosa’s and Malta’s representative. And for yet another time, the plans were to do a musical exchange similar to the one done in 2010. To this effect, the Saint Lawrence Band was invited to play in the Feast of Saint Mauro in Viagrande, Sicily, between the 13 and 16 January 2018, while on the other hand, the Associazione Culturale Bandistica Synphonica Ciita` di Viagrande was invited for the Feast of Saint Lawrence in Vittoriosa between the 7 and 10 August 2018.
During its visit in Malta, the Associazione Culturale Musicale Bandistica Synphonica Citta` di Viagrande participated three times in the feast of Saint Lawrence. The group arrived in Malta on Tuesday 7 August 2018, and a visit to Rabat and Mdina followed shortly. In the evening, the Viagrande band played for the first time in the Feast of Saint Lawrence by performing a short band march together with the Saint Lawrence Band along Main Gate street, just before the Vittoriosa in Festa Musical Concert. The group was invited to a light reception in Palazzo Huesca and shortly afterwards attended for the Musical Concert where reciprocal presentations between the bands were done.
On Wednesday 8 August 2018, the group from Viagrande visited Malta’s Capital City, Valletta. However, in the evening, the band once again played in the Feast of Saint Lawrence by performing a band march and a concert. In fact, the Associazione Musicale Culturale Bandistica Synphonica Citta` di Viagrande played band marches through Main Gate Street and following that performed a musical Concert on the marvellous bandstand of the Saint Lawrence Band. It must be noted that the Viagrande band also played the hymn of Saint Lawrence when the statue of Saint Lawrence reached Piazza Vittoriosa.
On 9th August 2018, the band members and supporters were invited to attend for the morning march of the Feast of Saint Lawrence and then in the evening, the Associazione Culturale Musicale Bandistica Synphonica Citta` di Viagrande performed another musical concert in Vittoriosa, in the area known as Sally Port during La Notte di San Lorenzo. The musical engagements came to an end with another band march in the Vittoriosa Water Front. This successful visit came to an end on Friday 10 August 2018.