A Song For Malta


Commonwealth Children’s Choir
Commonwealth Scholars’ Choir
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra
Band of the Coldstream Guards

Conductor: Major Simon Haw MBE

Soprano: Nicola Said

Track Listings

1. Paul Carroll (1955 - ) - A Song For Malta
Dedicated Hon Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta Commonwealth Chair-in-Office (2015 – 2018)

Paul Carroll (1955 - ) - Five Songs
Dedicated to Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca President of Malta
2. Dreams are made

3. Fly Away From My Presence

4. Time Long Past

5. Moonlight and stardust

6. Love can burn white hot

7. William Monk (1823-1889) arr. Haw - Abide With Me

8. Simon Haw (1965 - ) - To Be A Friend

Simon Haw (1965 - Earth Dance
Dedicated to HM The Queen on the occasion of the Meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government in London, April 2018
9. Engage

10. Unity

11. Respect

12. Diversity

13. Renew

14. Empower

15. Commonwealth Anthem arr. Haw

Track Lyrics

Five Songs - Words and music by Paul Carroll
Dedicated to President of Malta
Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca

1. Dreams are made
Dreams are made of such things for you and I,
For this life we count so real
Is just a passing dark dream.
Now we must cast away the hooded mask
That so tightly binds us closely to this place.
Fear not my love for I am by your side.
All around the shadows form so dark
Hiding light and dulling harmony.
Hide the morning star.
See the light shine brightly form the shining wings of angels,
Hear the star borne Seraphim
Cry with joy that you now at last
Can hear their eternal song
Sound throughout all space.
For one last time in this world,
There are dreams which will become dreams no more

2. Fly Away From My Presence
Fly away from my presence and fade away
You are never to enter my world again
You mis’rable faithless creature
I will never speak to you again
I shall not tell you again
You are now dead to me
Knowing that you are gone
And that you are finished.
How could you be such an evil piece of work?
Knowing that I loved you with all of my heart.
Fly away be gone from my sight.
There is no more to take
Even though I fell heavily with
Your false, hollow promises
Into an enchanted paradise
You could have won my world entirely
Even my soul
Now you shall have nothing
But the cold, dark earth
Let your world finish there and be no more.
How I curse your soul and wish
I had never set eyes on you.
My eyes, now dry, have wept ev’ry day and night
As each morning broke
So the pain inside my body tortured me
The love which once was is now turned to hate
Always flee away from my sight
May the four winds blast you eternally,
May your ashes be scattered
And your name never again be spoken

3. Time Long Past
Time long past my dear friend,
Each year I slowly grow older.
Are you younger or am I older?
Will I catch you up?
I see your face as it was so long ago
So Long ago
So many years have passed
I wonder if you can
Still hear my voice?
My whispers in the evening gloom as my words
Fade and die in the shadows
As the chilled dew gathers close and soaks the earth
Dark blackened, formless pool
So can you now hear my final words?
The silence calls across the years,
I call to you my love.
Feel the silence bear your soul
And call your name to me quietly
And bring you close to me
As before so that my heart will be full once more
One more year’s passing brings you closer to me.

4. Moonlight and Stardust
Moonlight and stardust
That hang so finely in the blue-black heavens
Since the beginning of time
Endure like my love for you
For always
And when each and every one of us is gone.
To account for each and every act,
When the last trumpet is blown
I shall still declare my love for you
And call on the stars and moon
To witness my deep passion I have borne.
For all time and at time’s end
To become one heavenly body in a blaze of light
And move so fast
Until the morning star is set in the West
And all time shall pass away
And pain shall be no more
By God’s grace.
Now and forever.
So take my hand and leave all fear behind,
This final daybreak.
For there is no other.
Now’s the time to be gone from this world’s pale illusion
Across roof tops to the sky, seas and oceans, we’ll fly away.
We’ll fly so fast away,
Sparks shall fly away and shower the earth.
Where star dust floats so fine
And the planets sing eternally to God
This great harmony of all the spheres,
Now we shall dance to the music of time
With such grace we’ll dance for ever.

5. Love can burn white hot
Love can burn white hot
For the duration of life
And burns with intensity.
Love will last beyond death,
It is the strongest force in the Universe,
And I fell in love with you.

Our love is so strong that I really feared
We would catch fire and burn away,
Scorching the World around us.
Hold me so close that we will merge into one
And melt away slowly, intensely, pass’natley
So that I can take you away to distant lands
Clasped to me in close embrace.
Press your lips close to mine
Hold me so I can feel you part of me
And know that we shall forever be one
For death is not the end.
White hot sparks fly into the sky
Lighting the heavens
Burning with heat that fuses our bodies.
Dancing forever through the Universe
Passing planets and stars like bolts of
Light and love and passion.
Come with me and dance with me in the starlight
For all eternity as one heav’nly body,
Our love lighting every last dark place.

To Be A Friend - Words and music by Simon Haw
A little boy, He wandered by,
Hot beneath the dusky sky
He’d come from far, So far to go,
So far along the road.

Children of courage, Faithful and true,
Of all nations, Our faith’s in you.

The pack he bore, Was digging deep,
Right down through his fragile feet;
He bravely strode, Along his path
So far to travel home.

Children of courage, Faithful and true,
Of all nations, Our faith’s in you.

They walked along, The rocky road,
Both clinging to the heavy load;
To be a friend, For friend in need,
What better path to lead.

Children of courage, Faithful and true,
Of all nations, Our faith’s in you.

A girl beside, She Looked at him
Said, hey my friend why look so grim;
Be not so sad, I’ll lend a hand,
For I am by your side.

Earth Dance - music by Simon Haw
Dedicated to HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra & Choir commissioned Earth Dance in 2017, to mark the occasion of the Biennial Meeting of the 53 Commonwealth Heads of Government in April 2018. The six movements of Earth Dance characteristically represent each of the six continents of the Commonwealth: Africa, Americas, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and Pacific. All six movements also seek to covey the values and aspirations of the Commonwealth and as such are entitled: Engage, Unity, Respect, Diversity, Renew and Empower.

1. Engage - Mahatma Gandhi
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

2. Unity - Rudyard Kipling
Now this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky,
And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth forward and back;
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

3. Respect - William Shakespeare
He that is thy friend indeed, He will help thee in thy need:
If thou sorrow, he will weep; If thou wake, he cannot sleep:
Thus of every grief in heart, He with thee doth bear a part.
These are certain signs to know, Faithful friend from flattering foe.

4. Diversity - Instrumental

5. Renew - Ovid
As wave is driven by wave, And each, pursued, pursues the wave ahead,
So time flies on and follows, flies, and follows,
Always, for ever and new. What was before
Is left behind; what never was is now;
And every passing moment is renewed.

6. Empower - Haw/Shebe
Find your voice, Share your voice,
With your voice, Have a voice.
Join with one voice, Say with one voice,
Sing as one voice, Shout with one voice.
Be of one voice, Sing with one voice.
All resounding, Say together,
Speak together, Work together, Share together,
All together Sing! Sing!

Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir

In The Queen’s Christmas Message 2017, Her Majesty said: “The Commonwealth has an inspiring way of bringing people together and the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is a reminder of how truly vibrant this international family is.”

The mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) is to use music as a means of international dialogue, knowing no boundaries, and through its initiatives, programmes and three-point delivery plan “Engage-Educate-Empower”, it brings together communities across the Commonwealth through music, transcending all cultural, political, social and economic boundaries.

CYO’s unique major cross-borders initiative, the Commonwealth Music Partnership – Music for Peace & Development, unites all choirs, orchestras and music schools in the Commonwealth for fully-funded pan-Commonwealth exchange, collaboration and engagement.

At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth Australia in 2011 the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) was greatly honoured to receive an unique and unanimous endorsement of its work and achievements from all the Commonwealth Heads of Government which was published in the Final Communique of the Meeting.

The CYO was extremely honoured to be invited to perform on The Queen’s Christmas Message 2017. The photo below show members of the CYO, conducted by Paul Carroll, recording the music for the broadcast, which was watched by 8.7 million viewers at 3pm on 25 December 2017.

Commonwealth Children's Choir
Photo Credit: Chris Lobina

On International Day of Peace Wednesday 21 September 2016, the CYO launched an important and ground-breaking internet platform which is the CYO’s Commonwealth Music Hub, which is a new central hub website with six independent linked satellite websites, to give huge visibility to the CYO’s major programmes for delivering its mission. Since September 2016 CYO’s seven websites have been rolled out over an initial 18-month period, the first stage culminating now in April 2018 at which point an expansive internet platform has been created – an innovative and organic space for visibility and connectivity going forward across all Commonwealth Nations of the 21st century Commonwealth.

1. CYO’s Commonwealth Music Hub
2. Commonwealth Music Partnership
3. Commonwealth Music Council
4. Commonwealth Community Heritage
5. Commonwealth Music Competitions
6. Commonwealth Music Company
7. Commonwealth Music Distance Learning

Commonwealth Children’s Choir
A major part of the mission of the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir is to engage with the school-children in all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

Music education workshops are taken into schools to inspire children. They are shown what can be achieved by working together with discipline and social cohesion. This youth to youth engagement through music provides opportunities which benefits individual youth development and education in the broadest sense.

The Commonwealth Children's Choir Song for Malta
Photo Credit: Chris Lobina

Commonwealth Scholar’s Choir
The CYO has recently established a new choir: Commonwealth Scholars Choir. Nationals of any of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth who are recipients, both currently and those who are now part of the Alumni, of any of the following Scholarships are eligible to apply to join the Commonwealth Scholars Choir:

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)
  • The Chevening Scholarships and Chevening Fellowships
  • The Rhodes Scholarships

  • Commonwealth Scholars from across the Commonwealth who took part on the recording all very much enjoyed the opportunity to meet and sing with other Commonwealth Scholarship students.

    The state ceremonial Band of the Coldstream Guards was at the very forefront of recorded sound, having cut its first wax cylinder recordings on 1st October 1889. The Coldstream Band has recorded most of the regimental marches of the British Army. These have now been digitized and re-mastered and copies donated to the National Army Museum, London, where they can be heard in the regimental audio display, recently opened by HM the Queen.

    From the earliest days the Regiment had drummers and its Band of Musik dates from 1685. This was in fact eight civilian musicians who were hired by the month by officers of the Regiment to provide music for the Changing of the Guard at St James's Palace. When, in 1785, the musicians were asked to perform at an aquatic excursion to Greenwich, they declined on the grounds that the performance was "incompatible with their several respectable and private engagements." This was too much for the officers who asked the Duke of York, Colonel of the Regiment, for a regular attested band, which led to the formation of the Coldstream Guards Band.

    Paul Carroll, Composer, has had a long and varied career in music as a composer, conductor, performer, author and teacher. His catalogue of compositions stretch over more than 40 years and his individual style was recognised early on by Sir Adrian Boult, who conducted several of his early works. Over the years Paul’s compositional voice has taken classical, tonal, music into new realms. His complex contrapuntal skills and fearless enharmonic modulation make him a stand out composer, with a broad international appeal.

    The Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs are hugely honoured to have had Paul Carroll as their Artistic Director and Composer-in Residence since 2008 and during that time in addition to building a considerable repertoire for the Commonwealth Orchestras and Choirs, he has been commissioned to compose music for major events at the Commonwealth Secretariat and for Historic Royal celebrations.

    Paul Carroll A Song For Malta
    Photo credit Chris Lobina

    Major Simon Haw MBE Conductor, Composer and Arranger, is Director of Music of the Band of the Coldstream Guards. He has had a distinguished career in Army Music having served in The Welsh Guards, Prince of Wales Division, The Adjutant General’s Corps, The Queen’s Division, Headquarters’ Army Music, The Scots’ Guards and The Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, which is one of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) High Readiness Force Headquarters. As well as being a first rate composer, his skill as an arranger is widely respected.

    In 2016 Simon was awarded first Prize in the Commonwealth Music Competition for his composition “A Song For The Commonwealth” and he became a Commonwealth Music Ambassador. Over the last few years the CYO commissioned him to compose a number of works for key moments in the Commonwealth Calendar, including Earth Dance, To Be A Friend, India, Cyprus, Belize, Tuvalu, and Kenya. Aside from his music activities Simon is a keen grower of a huge variety of fruit and vegetables.

    Major Simon Haw MBE
    Photo Credit: Piers Allardyce

    Nicola Said, Maltese Soprano, has performed with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra since 2014 and she made her first recording with the CYO in 2015 at Abbey Road Studios when she sang an aria from Handel’s Opera “Rinaldo”. On Commonwealth Day 2015 at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House, in the presence of Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, Nicola gave the world premiere of Paul Carroll’s Five Songs which are dedicated to Her Excellency. Included in the CYO on that occasion were four members of the National Youth Orchestra of Malta.

    Maltese President with Nicola Said

    Nicola studies with Yvonne Kenny and in 2017 completed the Guildhall School Opera Course in London. Recently Nicola made her Zerlina, “Don Giovanni” debut with Teatru Manoel and her Lucia in “Lucia di Lammermoor” debut with Fulham Opera. In 2018 she will sing Blondchen in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, Adina in “Elixir of Love” with New Sussex Opera, and in November 2018 she will be the lead Soprano in the first Maltese opera cycle “Belt il-Bniedem - City of Humanity” composed by Maltese composer Reuben Pace as part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture. Nicola is Ambassador for the Malta Airport Foundation.

    Nicola Said
    Nicola Said performing with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra at Commonwealth Secretariat, Marlborough House on International Day of Peace September 2015.

    A Message from Hon Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
    Commonwealth Chair-in-Office 2015 – 2018

    Much has happened in the three years since I became Commonwealth chairman-in-office in 2015.

    In this changing backdrop however the Commonwealth’s values remain a constant: a network of shared values focusing on democracy, free speech, human rights and the rule of law.

    And while these are, in the main, what link us - we, the Commonwealth countries - are also connected through history, culture and language.

    Culture is, in fact, what brings us together - but also what makes us diverse. As member states, we need to focus on what unites us - but also on what makes us different. Music, surely, manages to do both. Like history, culture and shared values, music, too, is a common language that unites, while highlighting our diversity.

    That is why we are proud that our very own Maltese soprano Nicola Said is featured in this CD focusing on Malta together with Maltese musicians in the orchestra, a beautiful analogy for a symphony of different cultures and voices.

    Music manages to be at the same time both past and future, a legacy and an aspiration. Building on previous Commonwealth summits, I am certain that CHOGM 2018 will address vital and pressing issues, helping to make the Commonwealth a 21st century global network which addresses common challenges.

    As my chairmanship-in-office of the Commonwealth draws to an end, I cannot but reflect on what has happened and on what is yet to come. I augur all the best for CHOGM 2018. Its focus on the future and young people is not only timely – but surely a sign of hope for humanity, our most basic shared value. Meanwhile, it has been an honour and a privilege. Let us now work Towards a Common Future.

    A Message from Hon Minister Dr Owen Bonnici MP
    Malta Government Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government

    Each and every country forming part of the Commonwealth carries their own distinctive history, culture and traditions, however, the diversity provided in such a vast array of countries is what truly unites us. Our cultures may be different but are connected through our shared past and values.

    Music is a wonderful art form that has the power to break the barriers of language and through this project we are presented with a wonderful symphony expressing the stories of diverse cultures. It was truly an honour for our Government to support the creation of “A Song for Malta”, and I would like to join our honourable Prime Minister in saying that we are extremely proud that Soprano Nicola Said, as well as other Maltese musicians are representing our country in this project.

    We place great importance in our youth - they are at the heart of our cultural strategy, since they are both the present and the future of our ever-growing cultural community. Our commitment is to continue providing a sound foundation for their future; a stage where they can thrive and discover more their great talents.

    The theme for CHOGM 2018 – Towards a Common Future, is a clear example that the Commonwealth countries should strive to work hard towards a bright common future for generations to come. I am positive that the main goals of the summit will be thoroughly discussed to ensure a bright future.

    Arts Council Malta
    Arts Council Malta (ACM) is the national agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors. Its central task is that of effectively funding, supporting and promoting the cultural and creative sectors in Malta.

    The Council manages a funding portfolio for the cultural and creative sectors through its national funding programmes. In 2015, the Council published Strategy2020, its five-year national strategy for the arts based on five strategic focal points, which include internationalisation and business development as well as research, education and training, diversity and communities. Arts Council Malta’s goals are: to nurture creative potential and support its development into professional activity; to invest in artistic excellence; to connect Malta to the international artistic community; to provide more opportunities for people to engage in creativity; and to build the capacity of Public Cultural Organisations under its remit, including the national theatres, the national dance company and the contemporary creative space.

    Strategy2020 was created following a consultation process with a number of stakeholders from the cultural and creative sectors. More than 300 artists, creative practitioners and other stakeholders discussed their vision, ambitions and dreams for Malta’s cultural and creative sectors for the five years to come. This process fed directly into the strategy.

    Following the launch of Arts Council Malta’s Strategy2020, Arts Council Malta is implementing the 70 deliverables outlined in the five-year programme for the cultural and creative sectors.

    In the past few years, the Council has gone from a small entity to a restructured and much larger agency which is actively carving out its path as a cultural leader for the sector. The Council has also played a central role in events such as the Seventh World Summit on Arts and Culture held in Valletta in 2016, the Cultural Export Programme of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union held in 2017 and Malta’s capital city Valletta as the European Capital of Culture in 2018.

    With special thanks to the Government of Malta for it generous donation to cover the costs of the production of this CD and for the very kind support of:
    Prime Minister of Malta, The Hon Dr Joseph Muscat KUOM, Commonwealth Chair-in-Office 2015-2018
    Hon Minister Dr Owen Bonnici MP, Malta Government Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government
    Executive Chairman: Albert Marshall and everyone at Arts Council Malta

    The recording was made in the Guards’ Chapel, London, with kind permission of:
    Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Dunwoody, Senior Chaplain to the Household Division

    The Band of the Coldstream Guards performed by kind permission of:
    Major General B J Bathurst CBE, The Major General Commanding The Household Division.

    Executive Producer: Sally Shebe
    Producer: Simon Kiln
    Engineer: Arne Akselberg
    Assistant Engineer: Mark Rogers

    Front Cover photograph of Valletta Harbour, Malta – photographer Mark Zammit Cordina

    Malta Tourism Authority