Latest Vella Concerto to have it’s world premiere in Paris
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New works by Joseph Vella, meastro di cappella of St George’s Basilica, in Victotia, Gozo, are being premiered during May. Three major works of his have had, or will have, their first ever performance during this period.
Earlier this month the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra op. 121, Joseph Vella’s ninth in the series of ten concertos composed so far, was very successfully premiered at the Manoel Theatre, with soloist Godfrey Mifsud and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer himself. The Clarinet Concerto will have a repeat performance on July 1, this time at the Hans Eissler Academy in Berlin, with Israeli clarinettist Nur Ben Shalom.
Later in May the premier of Vella’s new oratorio Filippu t’Aggira op. 122 at the Haz-Zebbug parish church. This ninty-minute work for soloists, choir and band was commissioned by the 12th May Band Club of Haz-Zebbug to commemorate their fiftieth anniversary.
This Saturday, May the 28th, Vella’s Concerto No 10, for Trumpet and Brass Ensemble op. 124 will be given its world premier in Paris. It will be played by Alexis Demailly accompanied by twenty-five members of the Paris Brass Band. Alexis Demailly is the First Trumpet of the Orchestre de l’Opera de Bastille while the Paris Brass Band is one of the top ensembles in France. Last December they won the All-France National Championship for Brass Bands.
In the last few days, Professor Joseph Vella has published two CDs in his Musica da Camera series, entitled Music for String Orchestra and Music for Chamber Ochestra respectively. The series has now reached its tenth CD, covering more than fifty-five compositions by Vella. These works are interpreted by Maltese, Italian, French, Spanish, English, German, Bulgarian and Austrian musicians. It may be said that these works by Vella have all been performed in musical centres around Europe, and feature also soprano Dr Maria Frendo.