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2002-09-11 Tenors to honour September victims

from the SligoWeekender

 

Sligo Weekender columnist James Nelson, one third of The Celtic Tenors, will be involved in a unique September 11 commemoration on the Island of Malta.

 

The Tenors have been asked to play a special private concert for the President of Malta, Guido De Marco and the American Ambassador to Malta, Anthony H. Gioia.

 

The classical crossover trio were asked last year by President De Marco to perform for him in Malta. However due to tour commitments they were unable to at the time.

 

James told the Sligo Weekender that when the US Embassy and the President's department asked for them to perform in memory of the events of September 11 they graciously accepted.

 

The group will play for 40 specially invited guests before giving a larger outdoor concert in Gozo three days later.

 

Performing in honour of those lost this time last year has a special poignancy for the Tenors, as James explains:

 

We were at the restaurant on top of the twin towers, Windows on the World's called, at the end of July last year. We even had our picture taken and it was on our website. Just over a month later the attack happened and we were devastated. We couldn't believe it.

The Celtic Tenors were involved in the many tributes paid to the emergency services following the attack. They were invited back to America in December 2001 to play at the New York Athletics Club for an audience which were almost completely members of the New York Police Department and Fire Department.

The band have no immediate plans to return to the US, having performed there extensively over the summer.

 

Once finished in Malta the group will be working on a new repertoire before performing in Germany and receiving their award at the 2002 German Classical Echo Music Awards in October.

 

They will also be recording a performance for BBC Radio 2 and making a number of appearances on German TV.