Lunchtime Concerts Tal-Pilar Church

The Sunday Lunchtime Concert Series is more than just a music and art experience. Proceeds from the concerts will go towards supporting vital research

These concerts are organised by the Research Trust of the University of Malta (RIDT), The trust was established by the Government of Malta in 2011 as an integral component of Malta’s established policy to bolster investment in research and development on a national level. It is intended to attract funds from private and corporate bodies to be used to maximise and exploit the research milieu at the University of Malta, and to foster the commercial exploitation of research. These concerts aim to raise funds for such projects. The RIDT would like to thank you for your donation and wishes you an enjoyable concert. THE VENUE The Madonna tal-Pilar Church was built in the 1670s as the church of the Aragonese knights and is in fact adjacent to the Auberge d'Aragon. The cornerstone was laid by Grandmaster Nicolas Cotoner and its construction was financed mainly by the Balì of Majorca Raimondo de Soler and Felice Inniges de Ayerba, the Bali of Caspe'. The latter was buried in the same church in front of the high altar. The church was extensively damaged by the earthquake of 1693. It was thus remodelled on the plans of Romano Carapecchia and completed in 1718, funded by Grandmaster Ramon Perellos y Roccaful. The titular painting, depicting Our Lady appearing to St James, is by Stefano Erardi.

[11/09/15]   We're back on track come December :-) Save the date.

Our first lunchtime concert for the season will be held on the 20th of December at 11:30 hrs featuring a beautiful display of Christmas Baroque music and evergreen carols performed by the St James Consort.

More details coming up shortly.

Great review to our end of season Lunchtime concert :-)

[05/18/15]   Another lovely concert yesterday by Lumia Flute Quartet.

Thank you to the patrons who joined us yesterday. We look forward to seeing you all again after our summer recess. :-)

Intimacy in Music at the next RIDT Lunchtime Concert - LITTLEROCK

Are you joining us this Sunday? Lumia Flute Quartet will feature at the next RIDT Lunchtime Concert entitled “Intimacy in Music”, being held on Sunday 17th May 2015. Organised in aid of the University’s Research Trust...

Mużika intima għall-Kunċert li jmiss tal-RIDT

We're in the news :-) Il-fondi miġbura mis-serje ta’ RIDT Lunchtime Concerts se jmorru għal riċerka li qed issir fl-Università, permezz tal-RIDT. Mhux meħtieġ li wieħed jibbukkja, imma d-dħul għal kunċert ikun b’għotja rakkomandata ta’ €10.

Lunchtime Concerts Tal-Pilar Church's cover photo

Lunchtime Concerts Tal-Pilar Church's cover photo

Ridt newsletter issue 4

If you have wondered where the proceeds of these concerts go, and what the Research Trust of the University of Malta does, take a look at the latest newsletter. Exciting projects coming to fruition through funding from the community.

A big thank you to our supporters :-)

RIDT Malta

Meet the musician:

Sarah Spiteri is the violist of the LUMIA FLUTE QUARTET who will be performing works by Michael Haydn and Georg Schneider on 17 May.

Sarah Spiteri is a regular performer on both violin and viola with a deep love for chamber music performances. She commenced her musical studies in Malta, and followed further tuition at the Conservatoire in Lyon and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena where she followed masterclasses with Boris Belkin for violin, Riccardo Santoboni in Computer Music, and Martin Outram for viola. She is founder member of VIBE, Malta’s own Baroque ensemble performing on period instruments.

She holds diplomas from the Trinity College of Music in performance, a BA Hons in Theatre Studies from the University of Malta and is currently reading MSc at Manchester University in Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties.

A little note .....

A rare but touching story of one composer helping out another.

Michael Haydn, younger brother of Joseph, was commissioned to write six duos for violin and viola on his own, but fell ill. His good friend Mozart swooped in to complete the final two duos. Mozart's attempts to make his own contributions sound like Haydn are obvious, yet MOzart's refined hand is unmistakable. Mozart's two duos are much more sophisticated both in tonality and in the more equal treatment of the two instruments. Still, together they form a pleasing set that is perhaps too often overlooked.

A little note ....

Michael Haydn was acquainted with Mozart during their mutual sojourn in Salzburg. Mozart held Haydn's work in high esteem.

Several of Michael Haydn's works influenced Mozart. To give just three examples: the Te Deum "which Wolfgang was later to follow very closely in K. 141";[10] the finale of the Symphony No. 23 which influenced the finale of the G major Quartet, K. 387; and the (fugal) transition and (nonfugal) closing theme of the G major second subject expositions of the finales of both Michael's Symphony No. 29 (1784) and Mozart's monumental last Symphony No. 41 ("Jupiter") (1788), both in C major.

Michael Haydn's flute Quartet will be performed on 17th May at tal-Pilar church featuring the LUMIA FLUTE QUARTET

A little note .....

For our upcoming Lunchtime Concert, flute quartets from the classical period are featured, one of which is by Michael Haydn.

Born in Salzburg, Michael was the younger brother of Joseph Haydn and a close friend of W A Mozart. As a young boy, together with his brother, he was a boy soprano at St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna choir, and it was Michael's singing that was the more admired.

Michael was appointed Kapellmeister at Großwardein and later, in 1762, at Salzburg, where he remained for 43 years, during which he wrote over 360 compositions comprising both church and instrumental music.

Georg Abraham Schneider - Sinfonia Concertante in D-major for violin & viola, Op.19

A little note ...

Georg Schneider was extremely well known during his time for his output in one of the more popular musical genres - the sinfonia concertante. This genre combined the richness of sonority and clarity of structure that were the most attractive features of the symphony with the tunefulness and technical
virtuosity of the concerto.

Such works, initially popular beginning in the 1760s in the great musical centers of Paris and Mannheim, where the best performers congregated, were scored for a group of two
or more soloists with orchestral accompaniment.

Sit back and relax while listening to this fantastic work by Schneider.

Picture: Mengs - Helios als Personifikation des Mittages Georg Abraham Schneider (1770 - 1839) hornist, composer and preussian Hofkapellmeister. Work: Sinfon...

Meet the musician:

Yaroslav Miklukho is the cellist of the LUMIA FLUTE QUARTET who will be performing works by Michael Haydn and Georg Schneider on 17 May.

Yaroslav started studying violoncello in his native country, Ukraine. After obtaining a master’s degree from the Kiev State Conservatory he became a member of the orchestra of the National Ballet of Ukraine and later joined the Kiev State Symphony Orchestra.

Yaroslav performed with several other orchestras such as the Filarmonic Der Nationen and the Cairo State Symphony Orchestra. He participated in concert tours which took him around Europe, Africa (Cairo Opera House) and America (Carnegie Hall in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland). Yaroslav also performed as a soloist and with various foreign and local chamber music ensembles.

He is currently the sub-leader of the cello group of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

A little note .....

For our upcoming Lunchtime Concert, two flute quartets will be performed one of which is by Georg Abraham Schneider.

Georg Abraham Schneider, a contemporary of Beethoven, was a significant figure in early 19th-century music in Berlin, where he was active as a musician, concert promoter and composer. He held the post of Kapellmeister in Berlin.

His music is full of wit, enthusiasm, and vitality; it illustrates perfectly where Schneider's strength lay, namely in considering the benefits for the player as well as the effect on the audience.

The flute quartets Op. 52/3 and Op. 69/3 were undoubtedly modelled on Mozart's flute concertos, both in the musical and textural structure and in the treatment of the flutes.

LUMIA FLUTE QUARTET will be performing Schneider's Quartet No 3 in G minor on Sunday 17th May at tal-Pilar Church.

Meet the musician:

Fiorella Camilleri is the flutist of the LUMIA FLUTE QUARTET who will be performing works by Michael Haydn and Georg Schneider on 17 May.

Born in Malta in 1983, Fiorella Camilleri started flute lessons under the guidance of Archibald Mizzi, principal bassoonist of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2007, she placed first in the Young Musician Award which enabled her to participate in a two-week course at the London College of Music.

Following a distinction grade in the Associate Diploma from Trinity College, London, she graduated with a Masters degree in Flute at the Conservatory of Music ‘Orazio Vecchi Tonelli’ in Modena in 2012. During this period she studied with Italy’s top flute-players and pedagogues including Michele Marasco, Andrea Oliva, Gabriele Betti and Salvatore Vella. In 2004 she obtained a Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of Malta.

Fiorella holds the position of sub-principal flute and piccolo player with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, where she has played under the baton of Wayne Marshall, Peter Stark, Charles Olivieri-Monroe, David Campbell, Jonathan Butcher, and Brian Schembri. She features regularly as a soloist, and as a member of chamber-music ensembles alongside members of the orchestra and other soloists. In parallel to her classical music activities, Fiorella is an active player in the Maltese jazz, and Latin scene.

A little note ....

The interest of the enthusiasts in arrangements of flute with string trio (that is the formation of the flute quartet), which at times rivaled the popularity of the string quartet, is shown by transcriptions of string quartets by publishers, for instance, the quartets of Haydn. Gioachino Rossini also transcribed six of his Sonate a quattro (originally for strings).

LUMI FLUTE QUARTET will be performing Michael Haydn and Georg Schneider's flute quartets on the 17 May at tal-Pilar Church @ 11:30 am.

Meet the musican:

Reggie Clews is the violinist of the LUMIA FLUTE QUARTET who will be performing on Sunday 17th May featuring works by Michael Haydn and George Schneider.

Reggie Clews holds an L.Mus. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with distinguished pedagogues Mauricio Fuchs, now head of strings at Indiana University and Richard Roberts, Concertmaster of The Montreal Symphony. He also holds an Associates of Sciences Degree in Business Management.

He's recorded several film scores and best selling albums as well as performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Los Angeles, California.

Apart from performing regularly in various chamber formations, Reggie is currently the Sub-Principal Second Violin with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

A little note ....

The formation of a Flute Quartet is closely related to the string quartet, but with a flute in place of the first violin. This formation reached its pinnacle around the middle of the second half of the 18th century. Notable works for flute quartets consisting of a flute, violin, viola and cello include those by Mozart, Haydn, Schneider, and J C Bach amongst others.

LUMIA FLUTE QUARTET will be performing on the 17 May @ 11:30am at tal-Pilar Church.


Lumia Flute Quartet will be performing for the upcoming Lunchtime concert at tal-Pilar Church on the 17th May, featuring works by Michael Haydn and George Schneider.

Lumia FLute Quartet is made up of Fiorella Camilleri on flute, Reggie Clews on violin, Sarah Spiteri on viola and Yaroslav Miklukho on cello.

[04/20/15]   Swell concert yesterday and a fantastic turnout. A huge thank you to our patrons who came to tal-Pilar church for the concert featuring VIBE members Sarah Spiteri on baroque violin and Jacob Portelli on baroque cello.

Our next appointment is on the 17th of May .......... Intimacy in music featuring the Lumia Flute Quartet.

Baroque concert a tribute to Corelli’s legacy

Sunday getting closer :-) looking forward to hearing VIBE playing Corelli, Geminiani and Locatelli. A baroque concert entitled Corelli’s Legacy is being held at the baroque church dedicated to the Madonna tal-Pilar in West Street, Valletta, on Sunday. The concert, which forms part of the RIDT Lunchtime Concert series, starts at 11.30am. Two members from the Valletta International Baroque...

RIDT Lunchtime Concert presents Corelli’s Legacy - The Malta Independent

Coming up this Sunday ..... works by the baroque violin masters .... at tal-Pilar church, Valletta at 11:30 am.

All proceeds go towards the Research Trust of the University of Malta. The beautiful baroque church dedicated to the Madonna tal-Pilar in West Street, Valletta, is the perfect backdrop for the baroque concert entitled Corelli's Legacy. This is being held on Sunday, 19

Corelli - Concerto Grosso op.6 N°8 - 'Fatto per la notte di Natale'

Corelli facts!

Although Corelli was not the inventor of the Concerto Grosso principle, it was he who proved the potentialities of the form, popularized it, and wrote the first great music for it. Through his efforts, it achieved the same pre-eminent place in the baroque period of musical history that the symphony did in the classical period. Without Corelli's successful models, it would have been impossible for Vivaldi, Handel, and Bach to have given us their Concerto Grosso masterpieces.

The Concerto Grosso form is built on the principle of contrasting two differently sized instrumental groups. In Corelli's, the smaller group consists of two violins and a cello, and the larger of a string orchestra. It is interesting to note that crescendo and diminuendi are unknown at the time, contrasts between forte and piano and between the large and small string groups constituting the dynamic variety of the scores.

Corelli's Legacy' features Corelli's violin sonata op 5 no 4 in F major

Slovak Chamber Orchestra Bohdan Warchal, conductor

Corelli : La Follia

Corelli facts!

In Corelli's Sonatas Opus 5 one finds the famous "La Folia" Variations for violin and accompaniment.

One of Corelli's famous students, Geminiani, thought so much of the Opus 5 Sonatas that he arranged all the works in that group as Concerti Grossi. However, it is in his own Concerti Grossi Opus 6 that Corelli reached his creative peak and climaxed all his musical contributions.

Corelli's Legacy' features Corelli's violin sonata op 5 no 4 in F major

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RIDT Lunchtime Concert presents Corelli’s Legacy The beautiful baroque Church dedicated to the Madonna tal-Pilar in West Street, Valletta, is the perfect backdrop for the baroque concert entitled ‘Corelli’s Legacy’. This is being held on Sunday 19th April at 11.30am, as part of RIDT Lunchtime Concert series. Two members from Valletta International…

Corelli facts!

Corelli's popularity as a violinist was equaled by his acclaim as a composer.

His music was performed and honored throughout all Europe; in fact, his was the most popular instrumental music.

Yet Corelli's compositional output was rather small. All of his creations are included in six opus numbers, most of them being devoted to serious and popular sonatas and trio sonatas.

Corelli's Legacy' features Corelli's violin sonata op 5 no 4 in F major

Meet the VIBE members who will be performing next Sunday 19th April - Jacob Portelli on baroque cello

Jacob studied violin at the School of Music in Gozo with Joachim Atanassov and cello with Simon Abdilla Joslin. Later he took up the viola, studying with Guido Mamo, successfully obtaining a Dip.ABRSM. He is currently preparing for his LRSM in violin with Mario Bisazza.

His fascination with music has also led him to explore a somewhat unusual instrument – the psalter-bowed and plucked. Jacob also plays the harp, both the celtic and the Concert Grand Pedal Harp. He is a founding member of VIBE - Valletta International Baroque Enselmble, which is the resident ensemble of the Valletta International Baroque Festival which takes place yearly in January.

Jacob is also a graduate in Theology, obtaining a BA (Theo) Hons in 2006, followed by a PGCE. Jacob is also a string teacher and the founding member of the Cordia String Quartet.

Corelli facts!

Corelli's contributions to the musical world can be divided in three ways, as violinist, composer, and teacher.

It was his skill on the new instrument known as the violin and his extensive and very popular concert tours throughout Europe which did most to give that instrument its prominent place in music. It is probably correct to say that Corelli's popularity as a violinist was as great in his time as was Paganini's during the 19th century.

Yet Corelli was not a virtuoso in the contemporary sense, for a beautiful singing tone alone distinguished great violinists in that day, and Corelli's tone quality was the most remarkable in all Europe according to reports. In addition, Corelli was the first person to organize the basic elements of violin technique.

'Corelli's Legacy' features Corelli's violin sonata op 5 no 4 in F major

History has remembered him with such titles as "Founder of Modern Violin Technique," the "World's First Great Violinist," and the "Father of the Concerto Grosso."

So why was Corelli considered so great and hot news during his time?

All will be revealed ..... stay tuned :-)

Corelli's legacy is our upcoming concert on the 19th of April.

Lunchtime Concerts Tal-Pilar Church's cover photo

[04/08/15]   For our upcoming concert on Sunday 19th April Sarah Spiteri on Baroque Violin and Jacob Portelli on baroque cello, both members of VIBE - Valletta International Baroque Ensemble will be performing works by Corelli, Geminiani and Locatelli.

Starting at 11:30 hrs.

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