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Malta's Cultural Calendar Heats Up: Highlights from My Fair Lsdy, Mascarade Opera, MPO, Police Force, Gozo Youth, and Jazz Festival 2024

Berlin-Based Maltese Label My Fair Lsdy Releases Nostalgic Compilation 'Mother Sun'


Berlin-based label My Fair Lsdy, founded by Luke Scerri (a.k.a Fake Ophelia) and Belgian Verta Hermov, has launched "Mother Sun," a mix of Maltese songs from the late 1960s and '70s.


The compilation includes tracks from The Malta Bums, Vanni Pule & Mary Anne, The Pirates, The Jaywalkers, The Lost Sound, and more. The idea for "Mother Sun" emerged from a desire to create a centralized collection of Maltese pop songs from this era, which were previously scattered across various online and physical archives.


Scerri and Hermov meticulously compiled this two-part collection to celebrate the dawn of Maltese pop music. Since the project is non-profit, they decided to release the music as a mix, offering listeners a seamless experience without the need to select individual songs.


The duo focused on preserving the original spirit of the recordings, as many well-known tunes from that time were re-recorded in recent decades, losing their authentic essence. The mix also features rare tracks, including an untitled piece by Cinnamon Hades, possibly the first heavy band in Malta's pop scene.


Notably, many of these songs are absent from modern streaming platforms, highlighting the significance of this compilation. Scerri emphasizes the importance of remembering and celebrating the artists who paved the way for future musicians, blending western influences with local Mediterranean flavors.


The second volume of "Mother Sun" will be released on July 17. Fans can also look forward to Fake Ophelia’s second solo album, "Till I Can Gain Control Again," set to release with My Fair Lsdy in the coming months.


Baritone Charles Buttigieg Joins Prestigious Mascarade Opera Programme


In an exciting announcement on his Facebook page, baritone Charles Buttigieg shared that he will begin his journey as a Mascarade Artist this September.


The Fondazione Mascarade Opera, an independent non-profit organization, offers a year-round programme designed for exceptionally talented young opera singers and répétiteurs. This programme incorporates the latest research in voice science and performance psychology to nurture emerging talent.


Buttigieg expressed his gratitude for the experiences that have led him to this remarkable opportunity. He looks forward to starting this journey alongside other talented artists. Over the next two years, Buttigieg will be based in Florence, performing professionally in opera houses across Europe.


In his heartfelt message, Buttigieg extended his thanks to everyone who has supported him throughout his career. He celebrated this success with his supporters in mind and heart, acknowledging their role in his achievements.


Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Presents a Spectacular July Line-Up


The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) is set to dazzle audiences with a series of captivating performances throughout July, featuring a diverse range of musical events that highlight both local and international talent. The following are just some of the events:


Classical Celebrations with Michael Laus - 6 July


The month kicks off with a chamber orchestra program on 6 July, led by Michael Laus. This concert celebrates the aesthetics of the Classical era, featuring Britten’s "Sinfonietta Op. 1," which blends neoclassical styles with modernist influences, Stravinsky’s "Danses Concertantes," merging dance elements with fiery orchestral music, and Haydn’s "Symphony No. 89," showcasing his mastery of elegant orchestration.


Global Musical Journey with Fiorella Camilleri - 7 July


On 7 July, MPO’s principal piccolo, Fiorella Camilleri, will take the audience on a global musical journey in the final concert of The Chamber Series. Rooted in folk music and dance, the program explores Latin and European cultures, featuring de Falla’s Spanish songs, Bartok’s Romanian dances, and the vibrant works of Lovreglio, Martin, and Piazzolla’s virtuosic "Histoire du Tango."


Do-Re-Mi Concert Series Finale - 20 July


The Do-Re-Mi concert series reaches its grand finale for the 23/24 concert season with a large orchestral concert on 20 July. The seven fun-loving musical characters from the series will unite, blending their musical experiences with the orchestra to deliver an exhilarating Orchestral Fanfare, promising a delightful and memorable event for audiences of all ages.


Malta Youth Orchestra at Festival Orchestre Giovanili - 23 & 24 July


Following the MPO’s successful tour of Italy last January, the Malta Youth Orchestra (MYO) will represent the country at the Festival Orchestre Giovanili in Tuscany, Italy. Under the direction of Maestro Michael Laus, the MYO will perform two concerts on 23 and 24 July in Florence and Montecatini, showcasing the burgeoning talent of Malta’s young musicians on an international stage.


These events underscore the MPO’s commitment to delivering high-quality, diverse musical experiences, enriching Malta’s cultural landscape and providing audiences with unforgettable performances.


Malta Police Force to Celebrate 210th Anniversary with Grand Concert


The Malta Police Force has announced a spectacular night of music and celebration at The Grand Anniversary Concert, commemorating the 210th anniversary of the force. The event promises an unforgettable evening featuring extraordinary performances by acclaimed artists.


The concert will showcase the talents of soprano Claire Caruana, world-renowned tenor Gabriel Arce, and pop singer Neville Refalo. They will be accompanied by the Malta National Choir, Kormalta, and the Malta Police Band under the direction of Maestro Anthony Cassar.


The event is scheduled for July 7, 2024, at 8:30 PM and will be held at the historic Teatru Manoel. The evening will be held under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency Myriam Spiteri Debono, President of Malta.


Tickets are available for booking at teatrumanoel.mt. Join the Malta Police Force in celebrating this momentous occasion with a night of exceptional music and camaraderie.


Gozo Youth Wind Band & Orchestra Announces 16th Edition of Opera vs Pop Under the Stars


The Gozo Youth Wind Band & Orchestra has announced the 16th edition of their annual concert, Opera vs Pop Under the Stars, to be held at Ggantija Archaeological Park on Monday, July 29, 2024, at 8:30 PM. This year’s event will see the return of Pamela Cibrano from New York, US, the original soprano who performed in the first 12 editions of the concert.


Joining Cibrano will be resident soprano Nicola Said (Malta/UK) and guest soprano Francesca Power (UK). The event will also feature performances by resident singers Bass Noel Galea (Gozo, Malta), Pop Tenor Ludwig Galea (Malta), Pop Singer Sarah Bonnici (Gozo, Malta), and upcoming musical theatre singer Tara Azar. Together, they will present an unforgettable evening of music in the unique and historic setting of Ggantija.


A limited number of tickets are available and can be reserved by emailing gozowindbandorchestra@yahoo.co.uk.


This event has been made possible through the generous support of the Cultural Heritage Directorate - Ministry for Gozo & Planning, U.S. Embassy Valletta, Arts Council Malta, Malta International Airport, The General Soft Drinks Co Ltd, The Duke Boutique Hotel, Paul Stellini Design Studio, VisitGozo.com, Visit Malta, Malta Tourism Authority, and Heritage Malta-Ministry for the National Heritage, The Arts and Local Government.


Malta Jazz Festival Returns with Exciting Lineup for 2024


July brings back a beloved tradition in Malta’s cultural calendar as jazz aficionados gather from around the world to scenic venues in Valletta.


Presented by Festivals Malta, the Malta Jazz Festival has unveiled its captivating lineup for 2024. From July 8 to July 13, music enthusiasts can immerse themselves in a vibrant celebration across various locations in Valletta, showcasing a diverse mix of acclaimed international artists and promising local talents. The festival culminates with performances at the historic Ta’ Liesse Church, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Valletta’s Grand Harbour.


Established in 1991 by Charles Gatt and curated since 2009 by Sandro Zerafa, the Malta Jazz Festival has hosted luminaries of jazz such as Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, and Wayne Shorter. Unlike many contemporary festivals that stray from jazz, the Malta Jazz Festival remains dedicated to both refined and popular jazz genres, evident in this year’s eclectic program.


Headlining the festival at Ta’ Liesse in Valletta will be five-time Grammy Award nominee Chief Adjuah, the Walter Smith III Quartet, Something Else!, and TRIO GRANDE, promising a tapestry of musical styles and influences. Meanwhile, The City Theatre will resonate with the sounds of leading Brazilian vocalist Mônica Salmaso, Tom Ollendorff Trio, and Philippe Soirat Quartet.


In addition to evening performances, midday concerts at MUŻA, Malta’s Museum of Fine Arts, will feature local talents, and special children’s concerts at Spazju Kreattiv, Studio B (Music Room), will provide interactive jazz experiences for younger audiences.


For a detailed schedule of events at the 2024 Malta Jazz Festival, visit Festivals Malta’s website at www.festivals.mt/mjf and their social media channels. The festival is organized by Festivals Malta and proudly supported by The Ministry for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government (Kultura), Visit Malta, and sponsored by GSD Marketing Ltd.



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