Dear friends of Strummin’,
Strummin’ preparations are well under way! The beneficiary of this year’s concert will be “Dar Frate Jacoba” which offers a home for youngsters coming from difficult social backgrounds. The house operates on a system known as permaculture – an ecological design for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor.
Finally! The call you’ve all been waiting for is here…. CALL FOR SINGERS’ AUDITIONS & CALL FOR GUITARISTS to participate in Strummin’ 2016. This year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary!😀
The dates for the concerts are Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November. The venue will be Sir Temi Zammit Hall @ the University of Malta
Please note that the deadlines for applications are as follows:
1. SINGERS & BACKING VOCALISTS: Saturday 5th June
2. GUITARISTS: Friday 24th June
3. CREW: There is no particular deadline associated to this, but please make sure to apply by the end of October.
Singers & backings will be receiving more information about the songs up for audition after the 5th June. The auditions will be held between the 1st and 3rd July.
To apply click here.
Time for some Strummin’ news
2016 marks a very special occasions for Strummin’. It is our 15th anniversary!
This year’s Strummin’ Committee has already started working in order to have yet another successful event.
A big thank you goes to all of them, seeing as the concert would hardly be possible without their contribution.
Strummin’ committee 2016
Coordinators: Gwyneth Zammit & Jacqueline Barbara
Finance Coordinator: Jacqueline Barbara
Event Logistics: Geraldine Sammut
Communications Coordinator: Daryl Ebejer
Music Coordinator: Martha Muscat
Guitarist Coordinator: Maria Attard
Sponsorship Coordinator: Maria-Christina Friggieri
Stage Logistics Coordinator: Martha Pace
Music Coordinator: Martha Muscat
Guitarist Coordinator: Maria Attard
Band Coordinator: Luke Grech
Singer’s Coordinator: Janice Debattista
Backing vocalists’ Coordinator: Cheryl Camilleri
This year’s concerts shall be held on the 4th and 5th of November at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta.
More info regarding call for guitarists and singers’ auditions will follow in the next few weeks.
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The final night of preparation; where everything starts to feel like the real deal! The last chance to tweak some things in order to have everything running smoothly on showtime. We had the first glimpse of what our hosts Luke & Ron have planned. The mischievous duo has some nice surprises prepared for our audience!
Things ran smoothly through the night and we also saw the communications’ team work on screen for the first time.Very cool I must say! Well done to all involved.We also had the time to personalize each concert booklet so each person in the audience will get a unique booklet,signed and “decorated” by our cast and crew😀
So today it s D day! The organizing committee still has work to do, so its an early call for all involved.On behalf of all the cast and crew I thank them for their time and dedication.Team work is always an important aspect of any organization and I feel all involved worked well as a team.
This evening we will be joined also by some special guests. Some of the sponsors,who are essential for our organization! Without their input it would be very hard for us to manage to raise some funds for our beneficiaries!Obviously St.Jeanne Antide Foundation,our beneficiary for this year,will have their representative in the audience too.
Friday and Saturday’s shows are the time to reap the rewards of many months of work from all involved.The organizing committee, the guitar teachers, strummers, singers and of course our talented band.
We’re all raring to go and looking forward to enjoy Strummin’ What a Feelin’
Sound checks galore!
Yes, the longest day, as ever was the day when we had our mega sound check. It is not an easy task for sure. With the numbers reaching close to 70 people on stage, the job in hand is obviously time consuming. We also had the task of placing our sixty strummers on stage.Our guitarists’ coordinators Maria and Martha had the unenviable task of handling this. This was not their first time however, so they handled it with relative ease.
To add to the excitement, this was also the day where the Strummin t shirts were handed out. Our designer Jean Claude Vancell came up the design which is part of a holistic design theme which runs through the t shirts,booklets, posters/flyers, guitar picks and also projections. WELL DONE JEAN!
We also had a number of other items on the merch list which were on display for the first time. I got to say the guitar pick key chain was the first thing on my list to purchase. Very cool!
Our communications team was still coming up with ideas for the “making of” video and they were busy at work trying to get all of the crew involved. I am looking forward to see the final product. Sound check is also a good time for our singers to get to know each other better because they are usually the last to go on stage.The singers’ coordinator Martina makes sure that all get to know each other so a team spirit is built. Even though the singers perform individually we’re all in this together to achieve our goals of providing an excellent night for our audience and raise as much funds as possible for our beneficiary St.Jeanne Antide Foundation. I had the chance to hear some of them for the first time and I’ve got to say that we’ve got some excellent talent on display😀
This evening we’ll be joined by our little and large couple who will be hosting the nights, Luke Dalli and Ronald Briffa. These guys will definitely add more colour and humour to our show.We will also be having a full rehearsal including lights and projections so tonight is the last night of preparation before the big night!!
The second day of production week was mainly dedicated to technical stuff. The final touches on the stage were taken care of.All the chairs for our strummers were put in place too. Tomorrow will be the actual test for this.All the strummers will descend onto the hall with their guitars and the logistical work of placing all of the 60 performers will begin.
Lights crew continued their work and a number of tests and adjustments were made regarding the projections on the screen at the back of the stage. These will play an integral part of our show.Our strummer Siobhan Vassallo has put in a lot of effort in this regard, helped as always by another strummer Sarah Salafia.
Today was also the day Jon, our sound man came in with his crew. Jon’s ability to mix work and fun makes him fit in nicely with the spirit of Strummin:) All things were set and tested In order to make tomorrow’s sound check run as smooth as possible.The band has set up all the equipment and everything is set for tomorrow! It will be the day where the strummers and singers will begin to get into the groove of things for this year’s edition. It will also add more work and excitement for all involved.