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

A Complete Artist – Memorial Speech by Pierre Henri Xuereb

Joseph Vella, a complete artist, musician, a unique human being... I had the great luck to meet Joseph when I was in my twenties, during my first visit to Malta and I remember telling everybody in France afterwards, that I met the equivalent of Pierre BOULEZ in France, in Malta. Joseph's... Read More

Commemorative Event Postponed to Saturday 9th March

9th March at 10.30 am - Memorial Event Venue: Villa Rundle Gardens, Victoria, Gozo We regret to inform that due to inclement weather, the commemorative event celebrating the life of Joseph Vella, originally planned for Sunday 24th of February, shall be postponed to Saturday 9th March. We... Read More

Commemorative Events for February 2019

Maestro Joseph Vella passed away on the 25th February 2018. His family is pleased to collaborate with the Ministry for Gozo, Fondazzjoni Paulus and the Socjeta' San Pawl Banda Konti Ruggieru in the organisation of these commemorative events in his honour. Updates will follow in the coming... Read More

Another Vella Work Performed by MPO

Following the successful "Valletta 2018 International Tour" (November-December 2018), the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) will continue their legacy with Maestro Joseph Vella by performing his Concerto for Piccolo, Strings and Timpani (Opus 114). This 21 minute long work was written in... Read More

International Critical Acclaim of Vella’s “Rebbieħa”

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) has just concluded with flying colours its Valletta 2018 International Tour. As part of the November/December 2018 tour, MPO opted to play Maestro Joseph Vella`s “Rebbieħa” in different venues across the US and Russia. These included the prestigious... Read More

‘Rebbieħa’ featured in MPO’s Seven Concerts in the USA, Russia and Malta

Maestro Joseph Vella had a steady, fruitful collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) over the years. In 2012, for instance, he was appointed MPO`s first Composer in Residence. As part of their Valletta 2018 International Tour, MPO will continue the legacy by playing Mro.... Read More

From Europe With Love

Joseph Vella`s “3 Danze Antiche con Preludio” (Opus 98)", composed in 1999 for a string quartet, will be featured in the Galway Music Residency’s ambitious project entitled “From Europe with Love”. The performance by the ConTempo Quartet will take place on Tuesday 6th November 2018... Read More

Lucca Hosts Vella’s Music

Works by contemporary composers form the backbone of this year`s "Cluster Music Festival", an established cultural festival held in the Italian city of Lucca, in Tuscany. The festival's 2018 edition runs from September 29th to November 17th. A commemorative concert dedicated among others to... Read More