On Saturday 6 July the Jubilate Deo Choir, under the direction of Christopher Muscat, was awarded two Silver Medal diplomas at the prestigious International Festival and Competition of Sacred Music held in Rome between the 3 and 6 July.
The choir participated in the sacred music a cappella with compulsory piece and contemporary sacred music categories singing works by Colin Mawby, Josquin des Prez, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, John Stainer, John Tavener, Maurice Durufle and the choir's music director Christopher Muscat. It also sang Aurelio Porfiri's Missa Romana at the inaugural mass of the festival held at the Basilica di San Crisogono in Trastevere on Wednesday whilst on Friday, the choir sang in a concert held at the Church of San Francesco a Ripa.
The festival saw 22 choirs coming from Australia, China, Russia, Norway, Ukraine, Israel, South Africa, Botswana, Romania, Czech Republic and Malta. During its stay in Rome, the choir also sang during a high mass held at St Peter's Basilica (Vatican) accompanied on the organ by the Basilica's organist Gianluca Libertucci. The choir's repertoire for this liturgical service included the hymn Nadurawk Ja Hobz tas-Sema sang, both in Italian as well as in Maltese.