The chapel of Nossa Senhora do Monte, in Old Goa was completely crowded that evening of January, 2009, the last one of the Festival do Monte, when Alma de Coimbra made its entrance, one after the other, coming in through the door of the sacristy, and lining up in front of the altar. That black capes frame made complete silence under the stone vault. All present, natives, Portuguese and foreigners, felt that this could be the highest moment of the Festival. When their voices for the first time echoed in the church, and, subsequently, as the sound waves enveloped all the present on a sort of embrace, at the same time nostalgic and happy, I looked behind me, to see people seated in crowded pews, up in the balcony the young ones, and I saw the older people's serious faces, the enchanted smiles of the younger ones and, on everyone, shiny eyes. Close to the end of the concert, when the goeses sang together in Portuguese with the choir, there were many tears shed, and the choir was enthusiastically applauded for a very long time, which, in that part of the world, is usually more discreet."
Alma de Coimbra concert was the highest point of the closing celebration of the third Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, which took place in Washington, D.C., last December. Alma de Coimbra, impressive in its showmanship and the excellent repertoire of Portuguese music."
... also the cross-culture aspect that flows from your repertoire, which mirrors a feeling of constant renewal of being Portuguese, and of the Portuguese Language itself, which is an inheritance that we must also defend abroad. The importance of your success is increased exponentially by the fact that Prague, with its secular artistic and dynamic musical traditions, does not easily accept new experiences: it however accepted you, for which we are very proud."
Tonight, the black capes, guitars, a pianist and an amazing Choir made me fly to Portugal … I was very moved, of course…. It was an unforgettable evening. Certainly, because of the “fado”. Certainly, because of what and how I felt. But especially because, with East Timor going through such a hard crisis, a well known ensemble came sing in Timor. It shows true courage and generosity to perform, two, three times a day, for all kinds of audiences, Timorese as well as foreign."