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

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