VOCA are a group of fun loving, professionally minded, singers and musicians, who share a love for song. Since its inception, VOCA have made it their primary mission to be not just a “choir”, but a choir with a difference. Today VOCA’s repertoire ranges from spiritual and worship music, to musicals and contemporary pop music, although VOCA’s distinguishing forte is Gospel music making them one of the top Maltese Gospel Choirs performing both in Malta and overseas.
The majority of VOCA’s members are seasoned musicians, choristers and soloists with extensive experience in the field. This is clearly reflected in the distinguishable tight harmonies, dynamic sounds and soulful interpretations making every VOCA performance a joyous musical roller coaster.
VOCA are available for concerts, weddings and any other events that require a good dose of entertainment. VOCA are available for bookings both in Malta and abroad.
Founded in 2010 by a group of friends with a passion for music and singing, VOCA is a four-voice choir. Apart from a good number of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses that make up the choir, many of whom have several years of experience in the local music scene, the choir is accompanied during its performances by its own band. VOCA’s musical direction since its inception has been entrusted to Nathalie Camilleri, a pianist and music teacher with years of experience in teaching music as well as directing musical groups.
Throughout the years, this versatile choir has not only built a vast repertoire in various music styles, including gospel, classical and pop, but also in various languages apart from Maltese and English, such as Italian, Spanish and even Swahili. Most of the musical arrangements for the choir are original and are written by members of the choir themselves.
VOCA have performed regularly in weddings and masses throughout the country and have also taken part in many local and national concerts and events. From time to time, the choir organises its own concerts in Malta and abroad, in collaboration with established artists and international organisations.
To mention just a few highlights, VOCA travelled to Milan, Italy, back in 2013 where, apart from improvising a performance in the beautiful Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, much appreciated by the passers-by, the choir also sang during mass at the Santuario di Santa Rita da Cascia. In March 2014, VOCA staged a successful flash mob at the Tigne Point Shopping Mall, in aid of Beating Hearts Malta. In May 2015, the Norwegian Choir Abildso Bygdekor visited the choir’s rehearsal venue for a singing session together as well as sharing their choral experiences. In December of that same year, the choir then gave a concert hosted by Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar and the Augustinian Priory in Rabat in aid of the restoration of the Augustinian medieval altarpiece. The concert was held at St. Mark's Church in Rabat.
Then in April 2016, the choir gave a concert in aid of Dr Klown at St Monica School in Birkirkara. In September 2017, VOCA participated in a prestigious event in Brussels, Belgium, called ‘On Stage in Brussels’ which event was hosted by the international choir organisation called, Interkultur. On this occasion, the Choir wowed a large crowd with their performance in the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Koelkelberg and sang on stage to a large crowd in the beautiful Grande Place. Just two months later the choir participated in the 23rd edition of the Malta International Choir Festival, giving performances both at the MCC and in front of the Parliament building. In October 2018, VOCA returned to St Monica School in Birkirkara with a concert in aid of ‘Smiling with Jerome’.
2019 saw the choir stage its very own concert ‘VOCA The Journey’ where for two evenings, VOCA delighted the audience in Sir Temi Zammit Hall with a number of popular songs arranged for the choir by some of the members themselves. In addition to the fact that this concert was received with great enthusiasm, all the funds collected during these two days were donated to Puttinu Cares.
After two relatively quiet years due to the pandemic (during which, however, the choir worked on a virtual rendition of The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’), in 2022 VOCA started meeting again and working diligently on their repertoire. 2022 was indeed particularly successful for VOCA as they embarked on a music project with the well-known Ivan Grech, lead singer of the popular local band Winter Moods, in order to fulfil his longstanding dream of holding a concert at the Manoel Theatre together with a choir. During this concert, the choir accompanied Ivan Grech with harmonies written by one of VOCA's choristers, Lara Bonnici, specifically for popular songs by Winter Moods, Ivan Grech, and international artists. Undoubtedly, this concert was very significant for the choir because it was its first ever in this prestigious theatre. After the success of this concert, the choir once again had the opportunity to present the programme in collaboration with Ivan Grech to a beautiful audience this time at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, during the Notte Bianca 2022 edition.
Christmas time is usually a very busy time for the choir as, year after year, they prepare a programme of popular Christmas carols to present to the Maltese public in various churches and local establishments. For the festive season 2022, in particular, the choir performed in Pjazza Tritoni during the Heads of State Christmas speeches which were aired live on national television. Later on, on 29 December the Choir gave its third Christmas concert at the Żejtun parish church, this time with a programme of popular Christmas songs sung entirely with new and original lyrics in Maltese penned by the well-known Maltese author Trevor Żahra. The concert was an enormous success.