Soċjeta Filarmonika L-Unjoni A.D. 1880

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History Soċjeta Filarmonika L-Unjoni A.D. 1880

Union Band Club A.D 1880 (Luqa)

The Soċjeta’ Filarmonika L-Unjoni is a registered voluntary organisation established way back in 1880 by Mro. Vincenzo Camilleri together with the help of his sons Ferdinando Camillieri and Gavino Camilleri. The main purpose of the establishment of the Society was to provide music education to the villagers, children and adults alike, and subsequently to provide music entertainment in the various relevant occasions.

Throughout its existence the Soċjeta’ Filarmonika L-Unjoni had the honour of engaging some of the finest musical directors of the island. Worth mentioning are Gavino and Ferdinando Camilleri, Prof. Gaetano Grech, Mro. Orlando Crescimanno, Mro. Joseph Abela Scolaro and Prof. Charles E. Zammit. As from the year 2010, Mro. John David Zammit is the Musical Director of the Society’s Band.

Annual Appointments

Appart from its commitments during the village feast and musical services held annually in various localities around Malta and Gozo, the Soċjeta’ Filarmonika L-Unjoni has been hosting an annual symphonic concert as from the mid 1980’s. It was an initiative of Prof. Mro. Charles E. Zammit, musical director at the time, to start holding an annual symphonic concert in an established theatre. This initiative served to boost the reputation of our Society and, at the same time, offered its musicians the opportunity to expose their talents in a setting which, at the time, was more associated with orchestras rather than village bands. We are proud to say that we were one of the pioneering philharmonic societies to hold symphonic concerts in some of the main theatres around the island such as the Catholic Institute Theatre Metanoia Theatre in Luqa, the Mediterranean Conference Centre and the Teatru Manoel.

Visits Abroad

In November 1997 the L-Unjoni Band travelled to Amalfi, Italy where, apart from taking part during the feast of St. Andrew, it held a concert in a Church in the town of Scala and also played in Sala Nervi at the Vatican City during an audience with Pope John Paul II.

In December 2018, our Band was invited to hold a concert at the Palazzo Reale (Palazzo dei Normanni), the building that houses the Sicilian Regional Assembly (ARS). This concert was held at the Sala Gialla under the patronage of the President of Parliament Gianfranco Miccichè. During its visit the committee and band members had also a courtesy visit at the Municipio of Palermo where they were received by LeoLuca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo.

Recent Projects

The year 2004 proved to be a memorable one for our Society. On April, 24, the L-we hosted a musico-literary academy at the Luqa Parish Church and, under the baton of Prof. Mro. Charles E. Zammit, performed two musical works composed by the late Mro. Joseph Abela Scolaro; Hymnus in Divum Andream Apostolum and the Vexilla Regis. For the same occasion our Band collaborated with the Chorus Urbanu, directed by Mro. John Vella and also with tenor Brian Cefai and baritone Alfred Farrugia.

Worth also mentioning is the concert held on 1st April 2017, again at Luqa’s Parish Church, entitled ‘Tristis Est Anima Mea’, which featured sacred music from different eras, with the participation of the Coro Bel Canto. Another thematic successful concert was held on 21st April 2018 at the courtyard of the San Anton Palace which focused on music penned for the film industry. This concert, entitled Movies at the Palace, attracted an audience of over 700 persons. Another similar concert, entitled Movies in Concert was held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in 2019, with the audience reaching 1,400 persons.

Other Aspects of Our Society

Apart from the musical aspect that our Society proudly passed on to all generations, innovative, apart from the musical aspect, our Society is also one of the organisers of the village feast held in Luqa in honour of St Andrew the Apostle. Our Society has a number of sub-committees to help in organising these outdoor festivities such as the St Andrew’s Fireworks Factory, the Street Decorations Team and Youth Section. Apart from these the Society has a group of female enthusiasts, a Media Team, a Kids Club and a also its radio station, Radju Sant’ Andrija which is active during the month of the village festa.

Organisation

Band Masters

No Band Master From Until
01 Vincenzo Camilleri 1880 1883
02 Gavinu Camilleri 1883 1891
03 Emanuel Camilleri 1891 1893
04 Gaetano Grech 1893 1904
05 Orlando Crescimento 1904 1912
06 Emanuel Spiteri 1912 1920
07 Vincenzo Costa 1921 1937
08 Joseph Casapinta 1937 1938
09 Charlie Xuereb 1938 1945
10 Joseph Abela Scolaro 1945 1979
11 Charles E. Zammit 1979 2010
12 John David Zammit 2010

Presidents

No Presidents From Until
01 Mro. Vincenzo Camilleri 1880 1883
02 Nikola Sammut 1883 1899
03 Vincenzo Cremona 1899 1900
04 Nikola Sammut 1900 1923
05 Joseph Azzopardi 1923 1942
06 Joe Azzopardi 1942 1947
07 James Ciappara 1947 1949
08 Dr. John Azzopardi M.D. 1949 1953
09 Eng. Joseph Mary Azzopardi 1953 1957
10 Noe Spiteri 1957 1960
11 Carmel Spiteri 1960 1965
12 Dr. George Borg M.D. 1965 1971
13 Salvu Schembri 1971 1989
14 Innoċent Camilleri 1989 1993
15 Salvu Sammut 1993 2001
16 Noel Camilleri 2001 2014
17 Joseph Piscopo 2014

Secretaries

Treasurers

Band Commissions

Band Activities Overseas

Historical Events in which the Band participated

Song Festivals, Events or Drama Activies

Annual Concerts

Annual Musical Activities

Recorded releases (LPs, Cassettes and CDs)

Cassettes

No Name of Cassettes Year Marches Funeral Marches Waltzes Others
01 Festive Marches - Marċi Brijużi - Waslet il-Festa (1992) - Mill-Union Banda Club (1992) 1992 *
02 Festive Marches - Marċi Brijużi - Mill-Union Banda Club (1994) 1994 *
03 Festive Marches - Marċi Brijużi - Mill-Union Banda Club (1996) 1996 *
04 Festive Marches - Marċi Brijużi - Mill-Union Banda Club (1998) 1998 *

Cd's

No Name of Cd's Year Festive Marches Funeral Marches Waltzes Others
01 Festive Marches - Marċi Brijużi (1999) 1999 *
02 Festive Marches - Marċi Brijużi (2011) 2011 *
No Name of Cd's Year Festive Marches Funeral Marches Waltzes Others
01 Funeral Marches - Marċi Funebri (2017) 2017 *

Others

No Name of Cd's Year Festive Marches Funeral Marches Waltzes Others
01 Hymnus in Divum Andraeam Apostoum - 2004) 2004 *

Programmes and Publications

Memorials

External links