Lady Flora`s Diary

Lady Flora`s Diary

Music from Lady Floras Notebook is the much-anticipated forthcoming event at the stately and exclusive Villa Bologna in Attard on the 17th of April at 8pm.  The event will feature the Gukulari Ensemble, which is committed to reviving Maltese heritage music.

The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Gukulari Ensemble will feature Maltese Airs from the notebook of Lady Flora Hastings, daughter of the Governor of Malta (1824-26). The event will highlight another facet of Maltas musical legacy, which has been discovered and researched by musicologist Anna Borg Cardona and will be performed by the Gukulari Ensemble.

The Gukulari Ensemble was formed by Anna Borg Cardona in 2002, with the specific aim of recording music researched and published in the book A Musical Legacy: Malta-related music found in foreign libraries. The Ensemble has since continued to perform at various venues reviving music ranging from formal dances of the knights of St John to music of the Maltese town dwellers, lively airs of the humble folk, as well as "ghana" melodies. In 2005 the Gukulari Ensemble went on to record a second CD of Maltese traditional music entitled "Doqqli Daqqa!" (Play me a tune!). They have been ambassadors of Maltas music in Budapest, Vienna, Bologna, Spain and Portugal.

The Gukulari feel a firm commitment to the revival of Maltas music and musical instruments, all of which strengthen Maltas musical identity. The members of the group are Anna Borg Cardona, Silvio Zammit, Ramona Zammit Formosa, Bettina Borg Cardona, Anne Marie Camilleri Podesta and John Cassola. The musicians generally perform in elegant 18th century costumes.

The concert is being organized by Barocco Foundation with the kind support of Elmo Insurance, Marsovin Wine and Casapinta Exhibitions and Events. Tickets for Music from Lady Floras Notebook are on sale from Barocco Foundation at 20 euro. Barocco Foundation can be contacted on 7968 0952 or email at or from Ceramica Shop at Villa Bologna. Tickets to this exclusive event are very limited; interested persons are asked to book early to avoid disappointment.  Guests will be invited to a complimentary after-concert excellent glass of Marsovin wine!