Dr John Galea appointed Musical Director of La Stella Philharmonic Society

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Dr John Galea appointed Musical Director of La Stella Philharmonic SocietyThe La Stella Philharmonic Society of Victoria has announced the appointment of Dr. Maestro John Galea as Musical Director of the La Stella Philharmonic Society and the Astra Theatre

Maestro Galea, is a composer and well known local personality in the music scene. He graduated with honours at Durham University in the UK, studying composition with James Ellis and John Gardner.

He has also pursued post-graduate studies in musicology and graduated at the Università degli Studi di Pavia (Italy). Galea studied contemporary composition with Charles Camilleri, furthering his studies with Franco Donatoni at the Fondazione Romanini in Brescia, Italy.

His compositions have been performed in Malta, Greece, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the UK and has released a number of CDs.

Dr Galea was also invited to direct a number of orchestras in Malta, Bulgaria, and Germany, as well as participating in and heading a number of panels for international musical competitions.

Dr John Galea is also synonymous with the Victoria choir, Chorus Urbanus, and has been its Musical Director since 1979.

“The appointment of Galea Maestro as Musical Director of the La Stella Philharmonic Society also seals the historical link with the King’s Own Band Valletta, for which Dr. Galea has been the Conductor for the last fifteen years,” the Society said.

He is head of the Music Studies Department at the University of Malta whilst assuming also lecturing duties in composition and musicology, and the School of Performing Arts. Dr Galea was a member of the Polifonia III Cycle Working Group, which was an EU project (2012-2015) run by the Association of European Conservatoire.

“The appointment of Maestro Galea, made following the loss of the late Prof. Joseph Vella, will strengthen the artistic and musical direction of the La Stella Philharmonic Society,” the Society said.

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