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Young soloists from the School of Music of the Vittorja Band Club Naxxar, will be performing at the Lunchtime Concert on Wednesday, 17th May 2006. They will be accompanied on the piano by Tony Sammut. These concerts are organised by the Malta Council for Culture and the Arts, and take place at the Music Room, St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity in Valletta.

The concert starts at 12.35pm and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Tickets at Lm0.75 and Lm0.50 each for children under 12 and persons over 60 can be purchased from the Booking Office at St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, Valletta, Tel: 21 223 200 (opening hours from 10.00am to 9.00pm daily).

The programme features Daniel Vella on the trumpet, interpreting Haydn’s Concerto; Mark Anthony Azzopardi playing Gipsy Songs by Balogh on the alto saxophone, Kristen Borg on percussion playing the Improvisation on Drums by Joe Camilleri, and Nathalie Cachia Bonavia on the clarinet playing the Duo Concertant by Milhaud.

Daniel Vella started studying the trumpet at the Vittorja Band Club at the age of 6. He furthered his studies under the direction of Mro Raymond Cremona and his current tutor Mro Paul Borg. He also studied theory of music with Mro Lawrence Borg. Daniel is also a member of “The Mediterranean Brass Quintet” and the ensemble “The Big Band Brothers.” Daniel also composes festive and funeral marches and does musical arrangements for wind and brass bands.

Mark Anthony Azzopardi started his musical studies with the Vittorja Band Club, Naxxar, at the age of 12 with Mro. Roderick Bugeja, and later took up saxophone lessons with Christine Vella. He participated in various concerts and recitals as a band or ensemble member and on several occasions as a soloist.

Ten year old Kristen Borg started his musical studies under tuition of Mro Roderick Bugeja at the age of 6, and for the past three years he furthered his studies with Joe Camilleri on the drums. He also studies theory of music with Christine Vella.

Nathalie Cachia Bonavia started her musical studies at the age of 11 under tuition of Mro Lino Pirotta. She continued her studies with acclaimed Maltese clarinetists including Mro Noel Borg, Mro Michael Pirotta and Mro Freddie Mizzi. She has participated in various concerts as a soloist and also as a member of bands and ensembles.

Anthony Sammut is an established Maltese pianist, composer, arranger and accompanist in classical as well as light music. During his career, he was the resident pianist of the Malta Song Festival and Rolf Harris’ personal pianist in Malta. He has performed with major Maltese musicians, such as Freddie Mizzi, Oscar Lucas, Val Valente, Joe Curmi, Sammy Murgo and others. As composer, he has participated in various festivals together with the lyricist Alfred Baldacchino. He is a member of the German Association, Music in Management.

First published on 10th May, 2006 by The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts.

Photo credit: Dennis Borg