Sweet music at Europe House for 10th anniversary

Sweet music twice filled the air at Europe House this week, in place of the routine lectures and debates, on the dual occasion of the 10th anniversary of the launch of Europe House and fifteen years of EU membership.

On Tuesday 12 November, the Malta Band Clubs’ Association (represented by Gabriel Agius Pascalidis on the bass clarinet, and René Camilleri, Nathalie Cachia, Nevillle Pace on the clarinets) gave a versatile and lively performance spanning from classical works such as Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to contemporary John Williams’ Harry Potter. The programme also included a composition, Serenata Mediterranea, by Maltese composer Anthony Camilleri.

Founded in 1947, the association represents 88 of the 89 band clubs in Malta and Gozo and has been crucial and instrumental in spreading a love for music among thousands of youths who over the years took up playing a musical instrument.

The association also won the European Citizen Award given by the EU Parliament in 2017 for the clubs’ contribution to society in the teaching and investment in thousands of young band instrumentalists throughout the years. The European Citizen Award is given to people, groups, associations or organisations which have a proven contribution of their extraordinary commitment to the interests of society.

Thursday 14th November then saw the inspirational and ravishing performance of Joseph Lia (baritone), accompanied on the piano by Natalia Rakhmatulina,which featured Count Almaviva’s aria, Hai gia vinta la causa… Vedro mentr’io sospiro from  “Le Nozze di Figaro” by W.A. Mozart and ending with Festa by C. Camilleri.

Joseph Lia is an accomplished recitalist, mastering the lieder and oratorio repertoire. He has given various solo recitals, and has taken part in various international festivals. He represented Malta during the So Klingt Europa concert held in Berlin during Malta’s EU Presidency in 2017. Lia also had the privilege to perform with the world famous tenor Joseph Calleja during the annual patron’s event of the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.

Natalia Rakhmatulina works as a répétiteur for various singers and instrument players. As an organist Natalia has taken up masterclasses with Prof. Daniel Zaretsky (Russia). She has performed concerts in Italy, Germany and Malta, and currently she is the resident organist at Saint Paul’s Church. Natalia has also been involved in Cultural Management activities, especially during the Festival Messiaen au Pays de la Meije, La Grave (France) 2014 & 2015, and the International Conservatory Week Festival, St. Petersburg (Russia).

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