Dionne Warwick with Grand Hotel Excelsior General Manager, Mr Norbert Grixti
Monday 2nd August 2010, Valletta Malta – Joseph Calleja, Dionne Warwick and Riccardo Cocciante may have had their concert postponed by gale force winds but this did not stop them enjoying all that the Grand Hotel Excelsior had to offer.
They stayed just a stone’s throw away from this year’s biggest musical event, at a leading 5 star Malta hotel, for the summer concert that was held on the 29th July, at the Granaries in Floriana.
Tenor Joseph Calleja, who is equally comfortable with both classical and lighter pop music, was joined on stage by popular Italian singer, Riccardo Cocciante and Dionne Warwick. Cocciante won the 1991 edition of the Festival di San Remo with his song, ‘Se Stiamo Insieme’, and Dionne Warwick whose hits include ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Walk On By’ has been confirmed as one of the most popular and successful singers of the last five decades. Joseph Calleja said, “Both Riccardo’s and Dionne’s participation will add an extra dimension to this concert and I have full faith this year’s event will be just as memorable and unique for the audience as last year.” The concert also included the participation of a 500-strong children’s choir and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by celebrated Paul Bateman.
Thursday 29th July 2010, Malta – The crews of the Sur La Route De Malte yacht race have reached the 10th leg of their journey in eponymous Malta, berthing their yachts at the marina of the Grand Hotel Excelsior from 22nd July to 26th July. The Excelsior Marina berthing represents the southern-most tip of their 30-day marine safari. This is the second year running that the race yachts have been berthed in the private marina of the Excelsior. This superior Valletta Hotel hosted a special prize-giving ceremony followed by a cocktail party and dinner to welcome the crews and organizers of this prestigious yachting event.
The ‘Sur La Route’ yacht race includes 26 sailing boats of 10 – 15 meters in length, left Le Lavandou on 6th July to reach Malta on Saturday 18th July. There are 15 planned stopovers up and down the Tyrrhenian Sea where participants call in at ports in Corsica, Italy, Sicily, Malta and Sardinia, starting and returning to Le Lavandou, the home port on the south coast of France. This is the 5th consecutive year that this race has been held. During the week preceding the departure of the yacht race, the streets, the harbour and travel agencies of this French holiday port were decorated with posters announcing the event. Two presentations of Malta as a tourist destination were given to the general public and to the yachtsmen and women participating in the race. On the eve of the departure a dinner was given to the yachtsmen in Lavandou harbour. The race participants visited Malta & Gozo on two excursions during their time in Malta – one full day in Gozo and a half-day guided tour to Mdina and the Three Cities. An official delegation of the town of Le Lavandou flew to Malta for this occasion. It was consisted of Mr Claude Maupeu, Deputy Mayor and Mr. Sylvain Abonnen, Director of Events of Le Lavandou.