Maestro Joseph Vella, One of Malta`s Most Beloved Sons

On Friday 27th March 2020, world-renowned tenor Joseph Calleja performed a unique set of songs and arias from his home in Mellieħa, Malta, in a musical drive dedicated to the Maltese population and particularly to all those frontline health workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak. The... Read More

Mro. Vella`s Opera to be Premiered Posthumously alongside other Major Works

Festivals Malta, in collaboration with the Arts Council Malta and Family Vella, has announced a three-year project dedicated to three of Maestro Joseph Vella`s more elaborate compositions. Rewwixta, Opus 54, is an oratorio composed by Mro. Joseph Vella, depicting the revolt by the Maltese... Read More

New Hall To Be Dedicated to Mro. Vella

On the 29th of February 2020, a commemorative event was organised by the La Stella Philharmonic Society at the La Stella Band Club, Victoria Gozo, remembering the second anniversary of the untimely passing of Maestro Joseph Vella. Mr. Nathaniel Attard opened the event with an introductory... Read More

Major Digitisation Project Launched

In an official Press Conference held at St Paul’s Cathedral Mdina, Festivals Malta Director, Annabelle Stivala, announced the launch of a three-year project in collaboration with the Arts Council Malta, focused on the digitisation and revival of three masterpieces by the late Maestro Joseph... Read More

An Emotional Day – The Second Anniversary

Dad - Maestro Joseph Vella - passed away, two years to date. A big loss, an unexpected blow. Time flies, but memories abound. Sorely missed but still firmly alive, in our thoughts. Keep shining, dad! Our sincere gratitude to all those who continue showing their kind, genuine... Read More

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