MISSA op 133

I have just finished working on this new MASS , scored for SATB (Solo), SATB (Choir) and Orchestra. The Mass, which is my opus 133, has as a subtitle in honoris ROMANI PONTIFICI BENEDICTI XVI. The Manuscript is dated 05/03/13 and is dedicated to HL the Bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech. This Mass... Read More


On the 16th of this month 3 works of mine will receive a performance during a concert to be held in the St Catherine Concert Hall on Vassilevski Island in St Petersburg, Russia, namely Offerta Musicale op 87  and Fantasia per Organo op 86 (both for Organ Solo) and Salm No 89 op 43 for Baritone... Read More

Works in Progress

Recently I finished working on my opus 130. "A Prayer for Unity in Diversity" is a major work taking about 60 minutes to perform. The work will be known as 'The Hyland Mass' in honour of the New York philanthropist who commissioned the piece. It is scored for S, A, T, B, and Boy Soprano Soli, a... Read More

Rapsodija Maltija op 26

There are 3 versions of the Rapsodija Maltija  (Violin and Piano - the original; Piano Solo; and Violin and Orchestra). This year, in its first two versions, the Rapsodija has received a total of 14 performances, both locally and abroad. The most notable instances abroad were those in Italy... Read More


On the 14th of this month in a special programme of Music from Malta on the popular Radio FUZE which broadcasts mostly programmes of classical music, two of my works were featured, namely the Sinfonietta for Strings and Music for a White Dove. Other works featured in the programme included those... Read More

70th Birthday Celebratory Concert

This being the year of my 70th Birthday, many concerts of my music were held throughout the year both in Malta and abroad. I recall with pleasure the ones I did in Austria (3), in Italy (4) and in France (2). On the 23rd November I performed a large scale choral/orchestral concert at St John's... Read More

My Music in France

On October 23rd at the Salle Cortot in Paris, my Rapsodija Maltija for piano solo was performed during the lunchtime series of concerts. It was played (for the 5th time now) by French pianist Pascal Mantin.  Meanwhile on Radio Fuze in the programme Melomanes en Uzege, the presenter played the... Read More

Madama Butterfly at Teatro Astra

I conducted two performances of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the Tearo Astra on Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 October. The opera featured a world class cast with Daniela Dessi in the title role, Fabio Armiliato as Pinkerton , Carlo Guelfi as Sharpless and Olga Sliepnova as Suzuki. Minor roles... Read More

Slovak/Maltese Evening

On 19 October at San Anton Presidential Palace a concert featuring works by Slovak and Maltese composers was played to a large invited audience, presided over by HE The President and Mrs Abela. The concert was presented by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Rome, The Honorary Consulate of the... Read More

New CD Publication

CONCERTOS 2 is the title of the latest publication in the series of CD's devoted solely to music by Joseph Vella. This CD is in fact the 27th one in the series. It is Called Concertos 2 to complement another one with the title Concertos. Like the latter, this CD also includes 3 concertos by... Read More