Voices started out as a choir of 75 singers in 1991 and performed its first concert at St. Aloysius College, B’Kara in aid of the new Sixth Form premises. The members had long been teamed up together, performing at various college activities and social functions. However, this concert was to be the first of a series of public appearances leading to the success VOICES enjoys today. Over the years, the number of choir singers grew to over 200 and concerts are now held every two years. During the first two weeks of October 2008, VOICES presented its latest concert VOICES – TELL ME WHY? at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, during a run of 10 performances and to a record audience of over 13,000 people.
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.
Each series of concerts normally focuses on a particular theme. The 2006 concert centred around the “global family”. The 2004, 2002 and 2000 concerts focused on voluntary organizations. Funds raised were donated to such local and international charities. The 1998 concerts dealt with the refugee problem and funds raised were donated to local and international charities working for the refugee cause. Previous concerts focused on the theme of Children (Voices Forever Young – 1992), Unity (Voices as One – 1994) and the Environment (Voices for a Better World – 1996).