The Three Palaces Festival 2017

1 August 2017



'The Artist As Hero' is the chosen theme for the 5 th edition of the Three Palaces Festival, which seeks “to shine a focus on the contribution of extraordinary musicians and composers,” said the festival's artistic director for the second year running Peter Manning during a press conference launching this year's edition of the festival.

Taking place from the 3 rd to the 12 th November, the Three Palaces Festival will once again see the participation of artists of exceptional talent from around the world. These renowned artists will perform within the beautiful setting of three of Malta's historical Baroque palaces – San Anton Palace, Verdala Palace and the Grandmaster's Palace – together with the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, a World Heritage city. Built during the time of the Knights of St John, these magnificent buildings have hosted many dignitaries and have held many important functions throughout time. Today, they will continue to play another important role – that of bringing people together to experience music of excellent quality as a community.

Andrew Von Oeyen, an American pianist who has performed in the best venues around the world, will open this year's edition of the festival with a concert of music by great European composers such as Mozart, Brahms, Liszt and Wagner at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. The cello ensemble of the famous Vienna Philharmonic will perform on the second day. Young audiences will have their own special event: Cretan singer and musician Kalia Lyraki and Scottish pipe player and an expert on prehistoric music Barnaby Brown, will present three morning concerts for school children at the Verdala Palace in Buskett.

The Castalian String Quartet, formed in 2011 and rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene will be performing on the 9 th November at the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta, while Oxford's world class vocal ensemble The Blenheim Singers will, through their singing at the National Museum of Archaeology, celebrate composers and writers who flourished during the reigns of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II. Despite their young age, both violinist Benjamin Baker and Pianist Daniel Lebhardt have won prestigious prizes and established a strong international presence, performing in concert halls all over the world. During their concert at San Anton Palace, they will treat the audience to works by Britten, Paganini and Elgar.

These foreign artists will be joined by equally exceptional Maltese artists, namely Nico Darmanin – a Maltese, London-based tenor who will perform on the 5th November and Sandro Zerafa – one of the most active guitarists on the Paris jazz scene, who will perform with his jazz quartet on the 8th . The rich and varied programme of this edition of the Three Palaces Festival will come to a close with the Laefer Saxaphone Quartet, specializing in contemporary classical repertoire and with the talented Gozitan saxophonist Philip Attard as one of its members.

More information about this year's edition of the festival can be obtained from Arts Council Malta and from the festival's website www.3palacesfestival.com, while tickets for all the concerts can be bought from the Manoel Theatre Box Office from the 14th September onwards. Ticketing information can be obtained from Teatru Manoel on 2124 6389 or www.teatrumanoel.com.mt.

The Three Palaces is organised by Festivals Malta within Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government; and supported by MSV Life and Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa

Event Summary

Friday 3rd November – Andrew Von Oeyen

Andrew Von Oeyen will open this year’s edition of the Three Palaces Festival with a concert of music by great European composers at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. An American pianist, Von Oeyen has established himself as one of the most captivating pianists of his generation and has performed in the best venues around the world. Concert attendees will listen to works by Mozart, Brahms, Liszt and Wagner.

Listen to one of the most captivating pianists of this generation!

Saturday 4th November – Vienna Philharmonic 4 Cellos

Beautiful music will resound through the National Museum of Archaeology on the 4th, when an ensemble of four violoncellos from the famous Vienna Philharmonic will be playing well-known works by Corelli, Mozart, Schubert and Offenbach as well as others which are less frequently played in concert such as the Serenade for 4 Violoncellos, op. 29 by Franz Lachner.

Go back in time with cello music, in the most ornate room of the National Museum of Archaeology.

Sunday 5th November – Nico Darmanin

A Maltese tenor based in London, Nico Darmanin has studied with Gillian Zammit, at the Royal College of Music, the National Opera Studio and the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro.  He has recorded a world premiere of Massenet songs with Richard Bonynge and has worked with world renowned artists. For this recital at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta, Darmanin will be treating audiences to songs by Schumann, Batting, Liszt, Massenet and Gounod.

Enjoy a recital of songs by Malta’s own bel canto tenor.

6-8 November – Barnaby Brown & Kalia Lyraki School Edition

Guided by their Greek and Scottish heritage, Kalia Lyraki and Barnaby Brown will take school children on an adventure from deep history through Mesopotamia and Ancient Greece to the modern day. The music they conjure out of the world’s oldest instruments and notation is thrilling and compelling. Highlights include a vulture radius bone 40,000 years old and a hymn to Apollo from Delphi, 127BC – the oldest, lengthiest and best-preserved notation of a Greek song. The results lift the lid on the relationship between making music and being human. Fasten your seat belts for an infusion of cutting-edge scholarship and blockbuster entertainment: this duo produced music for the latest release from Assassin’s Creed, Origins, set in ancient Egypt.

A musical adventure from ancient history to the modern day!

Wednesday 8th November – Sandro Zerafa 4tet

Sandro Zerafa, one of the most active guitarists on the Paris jazz scene and Malta's renowned jazz export teams up with French pianist Laurent Coq, French doublebass player Simon Tailleu and Cuban drummer Lukmil Perez Herrera to present music from his critically lauded fourth album as a leader, “More Light”, released earlier this year on the French record label “Jazz&People” and distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

Malta’s renowned jazz export presents music from his fourth album, “More Light”.

Thursday 9th November - Castalian String Quartet

Formed in 2011, the Castalian String Quartet is rapidly emerging as an exciting voice on the international chamber music scene. In the past three years they have won top prizes at major international competitions and have performed widely throughout Europe and beyond. For their performance during the Three Palaces Festival, they will play Haydn's String Quartet in E flat, Op. 76 No.6, the String Quartet Ainsi La Nuit by Dutilleux and Schumann's String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op.41 No.1.

Mesmerising music delicately played by an exciting quartet in the international chamber music scene.

Friday 10th November - The Blenheim Singers Oxford

Oxford's world class vocal ensemble founded at Blenheim Palace - a World Heritage masterpiece of Baroque architecture, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and backdrop to Harry Potter and James Bond 007, Spectre - will present 'Gloriana - The Two Elizabeths'. The concert will celebrate composers and writers who flourished during the reigns of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II, featuring some of the finest a cappella singing in a celebration of the music of the time of these two great monarchs and inspired by the spirit of each age.

Enjoy some of the finest a cappella singing in celebration of the music of the time of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II.

Saturday 11th November - Benjamin Baker & Daniel Lebhardt

Despite their young age, both violinist Benjamin Baker and pianist Daniel Lebhardt have won prestigious prizes and established a strong international presence, performing in concert halls all over the world. During this concert at San Anton Palace, they will treat the audience to Britten's Suite Op.6 for violin and piano, Paganini's Introduction, Theme and Variations on 'Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento' by Paisiello and Elgar's violin Sonata in E minor.

Two extraordinary, emerging musicians with a strong international presence.

Sunday 12th November – The Laefer Saxaphone Quartet

An exciting and dynamic saxophone quartet, the Laefer Quartet formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music, London. They won several prestigious awards and have performed across the UK. The quartet, with the talented Gozitan saxophonist Philip Attard as one of the members, specialise in performing contemporary classical repertoire and transcriptions of works by classical composers. For the closing concert of this year's festival, they will be playing works by Mendelsshon, Maslanka, Rivier, Puccini and Lago.

Listen to this dynamic saxophone quartet for the closing event of the Three Palaces Festival.




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