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Maltese Music in Paris

Gozo-based Gaulitanus Choir will be including two of Maestro Joseph Vella`s works in their upcoming “Musique Maltaise à Paris” concert on the 6th November 2019, at the Sainte Marie-Madeleine Church, Paris, France. Sopranos Stephanie Portelli and Annabelle Zammit will sing “Il-Kebbies... Read More

Joseph Vella featured at the MUSIC+ festival

After last year’s first edition of the festival MUSIC+, this year the Classique Foundation will be presenting the second edition that will take place between 27th September and 1st November 2019. The last recital in the series will take place on 1st November at St. Francis Church, Victoria.... Read More

Maestro Vella’s Music at the Malta International Arts Festival

As part of Family Vella`s unfolding collaboration with the Malta Arts Council and Festivals Malta, one of Maestro Vella`s earlier orchestral works – “Overture alla Concertante (Opus 23)” – will be performed at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Valletta, on Saturday 6th July 2019 at 9pm. The event... Read More

Congratulations to Jessica Ellul

Jessica Ellul made her debut with the Malta Youth Orchestra in 2012 performing Weber’s Clarinet Concert No. 1, under the baton of Maestro Joseph Vella, whom she acknowledges as Malta`s leading composer in contemporary music. Ever since, Jessica has never looked back. Her latest milestone as... Read More

Second Edition of the Joseph Vella Award in Composition

In 2018, Dr. Jennifer M. Barker, Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Delaware in the United States, decided to launch “The Joseph Vella Award in Composition from the University of Delaware”, in his memory and honour. The inaugural 2018 Award went to promising... Read More

Joseph Calleja Performs Mro. Vella’s Works in Hungary and Latvia

Maestro Joseph Vella`s “Il-Kebbies Tal-Fanali” (Opus 18), composed in 1973 to words by Anton Buttigieg, thereafter appointed President of Malta (from 1976 to 1981), has been included in quite a few recent concerts featuring world famous tenor Joseph Calleja. In 2017, for instance, it was... Read More

New works dedicated to Mro. Vella

A special word of thanks goes to Maestro John Galea and Maestro Kristian Schembri for composing two new works, dedicated specifically to the memory of Maestro Joseph Vella. Both works were launched during separate concerts of sacred music organised on the 13th April 2019 by the Soċjetá... Read More

Maestro Vella Bust Inaugurated by the Minister for Gozo

    On Saturday 9th March 2019, a commemorative event in honour of Maestro Joseph Vella was organised by the Ministry for Gozo, at Villa Rundle, Victoria, Gozo. A varied programme of speeches and Joseph Vella's chamber works culminated in the unveiling of a bust by Minister for... Read More

Beyond the Horizon – Memorial Speech by Alan Vella

A year has passed since that appalling afternoon. My brother and myself were abroad, and we both headed home as quickly as we could, following the shattering news. It has been a tough year without you, Maestro Joseph Vella. The inimitable Roberto Benigni conveys the message that life is... Read More

World Class Composer – Memorial Speech by Dr. Jennifer Margaret Barker

Joseph Vella was a world-class composer. His unique compositional language, coupled with his superb compositional craft, enabled him to create an opus of works that will stand the test of time and remain an integral part of the international concert stage. ________ I was first introduced to... Read More