High Commission in London celebrates Malta’s 53rd Independence Anniversary

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Sep 26, 2017

On the occasion of the 53rd Anniversary since Malta’s Independence, the Malta High Commission celebrated with a reception at Malta House, followed by a concert at St James’s Church, Piccadilly of Wednesday 20 September 2017.

Distinguished guests for the reception included the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps; the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps; various Ambassadors and High Commissioners; top officials from the Foreign Office, the International Maritime Organisation and other international organisations; and representatives of various Maltese organisations in the UK.

The concert was by Maltese band The New Victorians - sisters Bettina and Philippa Cassar. They played already released hits together with new material.  The duo combined elements of their folk roots with their love for the electronic world and their natural vocal harmonies. Their performance was very well received by the audience, composed of High Commission guests as well as the general public.

The events on 20 September were organised with the kind support of Bank of Valletta plc, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta Gaming Authority and Malta Enterprise.

The Most Rev John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey invited the High Commissioner of Malta, his staff and guests, to the Quire of Westminster Abbey for Evensong - an uplifting choral service - which was held on 22 September. Intercessory prayers were said for the Government and people of Malta, Maltese nationals living in the United Kingdom and for the work of the Malta High Commission in London. High Commissioner Hamilton was invited to read the Second Lesson during this service.  Psalms and hymns were performed by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, renowned worldwide as one of the finest choirs of its type. For the day, the Maltese flag was flown from the West Tower on the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey.