The annual Victoria International Arts Festival starts today

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The annual Victoria International Arts Festival starts todayToday, Tuesday, the 8th of June, sees the start of this years edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival. The festival will run until Monday, the 12th of July.

The programme of entertainment for the festival will consist of cultural events, such as musical concerts, full details are shown below.

The festival will take place at the Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia, or at St George’s basilica, Victoria. Entrance is free.

Tuesday 8 June

St James Consort (leader: Sarah Spiteri) (Malta) – St George’s Basilica

Wednesday 9 June

Gli Armonici Chamber Orchestra (director: Umberto Bruno) (Sicily) – St George’s Basilica

Thursday 10 June

Gli Armonici Chamber Orchestra (director: Umberto Bruno) (Sicily) – St George’s Basilica

Friday 11 June

Organ Recital | Richard Vendome (England) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Saturday 12 June

Gilbert and Sullivan Evening with Opening of Exhibition (England) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Sunday 13 June

Pianoforte Duo Recital | Natasha Chircop and Marco Rivoltini (Malta/Italy) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Monday 14 June

Operatic Studio Teatru Astra (co-ordinator: Anoushka Mukherjee) (Malta) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Tuesday 15 June

Saxiano Duo (Norway) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Wednesday 16 June

Flute and Pianoforte Duo | Ana Domancic and Elizabeth Leonardi (Croatia) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Thursday 17 June

Pianoforte Trio (Austria) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Friday 18 June

Official launching of the Basilica Museum EU-funded project The Making of a People, with the participation of the Laudate Pueri Choir – St George’s Basilica

Saturday 19 June

Violoncello and Pianoforte Recital | Simon Abdilla Joslin and Joanne Camilleri (Malta) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Monday 21 June

Oden Ensemble for Contemporary Music (leader: Christophe Vella) (France) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Tuesday 22 June

An Evening of Drama: Ashes to Ashes (Harold Pinter) (director: George Mizzi) (Malta) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Wednesday 23 June

Guitar Recital | Simon Schembri (France) – St George’s Basilica

Thursday 24 June

Vocal Recital | Georgina Gauci (soprano) and Maria Frendo (pianoforte) (Malta) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Friday 25 June

TamborTango Quartet (leader: Sophia Vaillant) (France/Argentina) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Saturday 26 June

A Chopin Celebration | Marko Hilpo (pianoforte) (Finland) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Sunday 27 June

Sakyr Piano Quartet (Czech Republic/Finland/Romania) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Monday 28 June

Violoncello and Pianoforte Recital | Kyung Mi Lee and Michelangelo Carbonara (Italy/China) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Tuesday 29 June

Pianoforte Recital | Michelangelo Carbonara (Italy) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Wednesday 30 June

Martinu String Quartet (Czech Republic) – St George’s Basilica

Thursday 1 July

The Composer Speaks/Debutants Concert (Malta) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Friday 2 July

Ensemble A11 (Italy) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Saturday 3 July

Violoncello and Pianoforte Recital | Daniel Veis and Helena Veisová (Czech Republic) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Sunday 4 July

Pianoforte Trio (leader: Athil Hamdan) (Syria) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Monday 5 July

String Trio (Austria) – St George’s Basilica

Tuesday 6 July

Anon String Quartet (Malta) – St George’s Basilica

Wednesday 7 July

Vocal Duo Recital | Sophie Bevan and Mary Bevan (sopranos) (England) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Thursday 8 July

Viola and Pianoforte Recital | Pierre Henri Xuereb and Nathalie Lanoë (France) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Friday 9 July*

Violin and Pianoforte Recital | Philip Bride and Nathalie Lanoë (France) – Aula Mgr Giuseppe Farrugia

Saturday 10 July**

Rochester Cathedral Choir (director: Scott Farrell) (England) – St George’s Basilica

Monday 12 July

Grand Orchestral Concert | Pierre Henri Xuereb (viola), Philip Bride (violin), Sophie Bevan(soprano), the Laudate Pueri Choir, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and Joseph Vella (Malta/England/France) – St George’s Basilica

Artistic Director: Joseph Vella

* Concert starts at 19.30hrs. ** Concert starts at 21.00hrs.

Masterclasses will be held in the following disciplines: pianoforte (junior and senior), viola, violin and clarinet.

A donation of €70 entitles the patron to a reserved seat for all the concerts. Please send your contributions to Victoria International Arts Festival, c/o 72 Vajringa Street, Victoria VCT 1319, Gozo.

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