Valentine’s Day concert – Kateriana Fenech

Kateriana Fenech

Kateriana Fenech

My Funny Valentine – Kateriana Fenech – Soprano

14th February 2019


Concert Hall, Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta

Award-winning British soprano and vocal coach, Kateriana Fenech, sings an array of musical genres in this lovingly titled intimate vocal showcase.

With over two decades of experience, Kateriana has chosen some famous favourites by Bellini, Puccini, Mozart, Strauss, Gershwin, Porter to name a few. Pure voice and piano, delivering stripped back songs of desire, seduction, heartbreak and unadulterated devotion!

Maltese pianist Ramona Zammit Formosa accompanies Kateriana on our beautiful Steinway grand piano.

Tickets including a drinks reception: €15

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CONVERGENCE Exhibition now open!

James Vella Clark’s exhibition ‘CONVERGENCE’ is now open to the public until the 28 February at the Art Galleries of Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta. 

Opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 08:00 to 19:00hrs

Saturday 09:00 to 13:30hrs

Photo by Lisa Attard

Photo by Lisa Attard

Here’s what Vella Clark had to say about his exhibition:

“My ‘abstract’ works are a direct product of the way my landscapes kept becoming more abstract. Consequently, they put me on a path where I also felt more comfortable testing the limits of how abstract these same landscapes could become, whilst remaining faithful to what I wanted to say.”

Photo by Lisa Attard

Photo by Lisa Attard

The MSA is proud to be hosting ‘Convergence’. In a Facebook post, Vella Clark thanked many people who helped him in the run-up to the opening:

“I would like to thank all those of you who made it to the opening of ‘Convergence’ yesterday. It was overwhelming seeing so many of you there! Thank you! It made it all even more special. A big THANK YOU goes to the Malta Society of Arts and Adrian Mamo for the impeccable venue and their professional support, particularly Joe Scerri and his team, Anthony Galea for all the design work related to the exhibition, Jason Greenaway for the frames, Stef Mizzi for the photography of some of the larger works, Lisa Attard for the photography on the night, DV Trading wine sellers for the exceptional wine, Fino and ARQ Group for their logistical support. The exhibition is on for all of February and over the coming days, I will be hosting another evening specifically for all of you who would have liked to be there but for some reason, couldn’t. You were missed. Thank you!”

Photo by Lisa Attard

Photo by Lisa Attard

Photos by Lisa Attard

Photo by Lisa Attard

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MSA students visit Museum of Archaeology


MSA & the National Museum of Archaeology collaboration

On Thursday 17 January 2019, a group of Malta Society of Arts clay modelling students and friends attended a private guided tour at the The National Museum of Archeology, Valletta.

Ms. Sharon Sultana, museum curator, explained how throughout the Early Neolithic, Bronze Age and Punic era clay was employed to create elements used for ritual as well as for everyday functional use. It is as if pottery excavated from archaeological sites ‘speaks’, divulging important information on past communities. With the on-going advances in technology, scientific re-analysis of museum pottery artefacts keep ‘speaking’ improving our knowledge of our ancestors.

This collaboration was essential for the students as it gave context to the medium they manipulate during the 12 week course with tutor Nadyanne Mangion.

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Perception II – MSA Members’ Exhibition

Call for Perception II

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Closing dates during the holidays

We would like to inform everyone that the MSA will be closed between Saturday 22 December 2018 and Wednesday 2 January 2018 (both days included). We will re-open with the usual opening hours on Thursday 3 January 2019.

All of us here at the Malta Society of Arts would like to wish you all a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful New Year!



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MSA Crowdfunding campaign launched!

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Conservation of the wall paintings of the Chapel at Palazzo de la Salle

Support the completion of the conservation of the stunning Baroque wall paintings of the Chapel of Palazzo De la Salle, Valletta, started by the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage of the University of Malta in 2016. Such important paintings will be finally presented to the public after hundreds years of obscurity.

There are some amazing rewards for those who donate funds, including a free one-year membership to the MSA, attendance to a lecture about conservation by professional conservationists, a concert by The Goldberg Ensemble presenting a new composition by Christopher Muscat, a course of your choice at MSA, a concert in the magical setting of the Chapel itself, and many prime tickets for the Baroque festival and other events at the Manoel Theatre!


Located in the lower part of the Republic Street, in Valletta, and built in the late 16th century, Palazzo De la Salle has been home to Knights of the Order of St John for over 200 hundreds years during the Baroque era. The magnificent Palazzo has been the seat of the Malta Society of Arts (MSA) since 1923, and is currently used for arts education, exhibitions and performances.

The little-know Chapel within the Palazzo is decorated with stunning 1730s wall paintings depicting the Coats of Arms of Fra Guillaume de la Salle, the eponymous resident of the Palazzo, Grandmaster Manoel de Vilhena, and scenes from the Life of St John. These paintings are highly significant as some of the few Baroque wall paintings in Malta to survive within a domestic context, but they are virtually unknown to scholars and the public alike, since the Chapel has been closed to the public since the early 20th century.

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The Project entails the completion of the conservation of the wall paintings of the Chapel, started by the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage of the University of Malta in 2016. Such important paintings will be finally presented to the public after hundreds years of obscurity.


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Gold Medal 2018 Ceremony – Awardee Paul Haber

This year the Malta Society of Arts will be awarding its Gold Medal to ceramist Paul Haber.

The ceremony will take place at the Concert Hall of Palazzo de La Salle on Thursday 6 December 2018 at 7pm.

Paul Haber biography:

Born in Gozo, Malta, Paul Haber graduated in ceramics from Central St. Martins College of Art in London after following intensive studies in art and sculpture in Malta, Italy and the UK.

Today Paul produces unique ceramic art works, which although dissimilar to each other, bear the imprint, inspiration and skilled execution which connects each superb piece created by him.

Although intrinsically simple in form, Paul’s works invoke a power which belies the seemingly effortless building techniques culminating in the final creation. His choice of glazes, whether in bright or muted hues, or even the lack of glazing, when he is impelled to use the natural colours of the different clay bodies as his canvas, are in perfect harmony, complementing the inspired idea exposed to the viewer in a myriad of forms and shapes. These are at times deformed or purposely distorted to engage the audience and stimulate each viewer to allow for personal interpretation.

Without forcing himself or the material he treats with sublimity, Paul produces exciting works, which like his own spirit, are uncomplicated but strong, minimal but at the same time laden with feelings and inspirations etched on his soul through a lifetime of memories, impressions and experiences.

Paul has exhibited his works in several collective exhibitions and personal shows in museums and art galleries in Malta and abroad, with the most important ones being his exhibitions at the Lincoln Centre in New York, at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and his retrospective exhibition in the Bank of Valletta series.

History of the Gold Medal Award

The Malta Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, established just over 160 years ago, was, for at least a century, the islands’ only nationally recognised promoter of the Arts. Palazzo de La Salle served as the meeting place and exhibition space for the Accademia di Belle Arti group founded by Josef Kalleja in 1930. Notably, in the early 1950’s, the Society came to the aid of the newly-formed Modern Art movements and awarded scholarships to some of the great artists of the time, including Giuseppe Calì, Antonio Sciortino and Joseph Briffa.

Throughout the years, the Exhibition Halls of Palazzo de La Salle have been graced with the works of Malta’s great masters including Anton Inglott, Gianni Vella, Vincent Apap, Lazzaro Pisani and Edward Caruana Dingli.

Past recipients of the Gold Medal Award have included such illustrious names as Sir Temi Zammit (1904), Robert Caruana Dingli (1916), Emvin Cremona (1963), Oreste Chircop (1997), Richard England (1984), Joseph Calleja (2007), Harry Alden (2013) and Carmine Lauri (2015) to name but a few.

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Saudade by Gabriel Buttigieg is open!

The opening of Gabriel Buttigieg’s Saudade took place on Thursday 8 November 2018. The event was very well attended and the creative community got together to celebrate art. The exhibition will remain open until the 29 November at the Art Galleries, with the opening hours below (entrance is free):

Monday to Friday 08:00 to 19:00hrs
Saturday 09:00 to 13:30hrs

Here are a few photos from opening night.

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LCM Winter Practical Exams starting soon!


The London College of Music (LCM) Winter 2018 Practical exams are soon here!

The exams will be held between the 8th and the 29th October 2018.

There will be a total of 362 students sitting for this exam session – 342 grade exams and 20 diplomas.

The examiner will be Timothy Rogers and the instruments for this exam session will be the following:

GRADES: Piano, Violin, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Classical Saxophone, Pop Music Vocals, Flute, Drum Kit, Snare Drum, Timpani, Trumpet, Euphonium, Baritone, Trombone, French Horn, and Accordion.

DIPLOMAS: Piano, Clarinet, Violin, Classical Guitar, Drum Kit, and Conducting.

We wish the students the best of luck!

Info about examiner Timothy Rogers:

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Timothy Rogers won a major music scholarship to St Edward’s, Oxford, before reading music at Cardiff University. He holds a BMus (Hons) degree and has also been awarded the Fellowship diplomas of Trinity College London and the London College of Music.

Rogers has followed a career in publishing, working for Novello, Music Sales, the Royal School of Church Music and Walker Books. In 1992, he set up his own music publishing business, Encore Publications, and now works as its Head of Publishing. The catalogue enjoys a worldwide reputation as a specialist publisher of choral music, featuring the works of more than 100 composers, such as Stephen Cleobury and Sir Philip Ledger. Choral works published by Encore Publications have often featured in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, as well as other major events including the royal weddings of H.R.H. Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2011 and H.R.H. Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in May 2018. He complements and refreshes this core activity with a portfolio of freelance jobs, including composing and private music teaching (violin, composition & theory), as well as work covering marketing, editing and copyright.

In 1987, he became one of the youngest composers in the famous Carols for Choirs series, edited by Sir David Willcocks and John Rutter, and published by Oxford University Press. His output includes choral and organ music, some of which is published by Stainer & Bell and the RSCM. His works for solo organ have been widely performed by distinguished organists including Francis Jackson, who performed Exultate at York Minster, and Kevin Bowyer, who broadcast the piece. The choirs of Coventry, Ely, Norwich and Portsmouth Cathedrals in the UK, and the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral London, Ontario in Canada, have all sung his choral works. His music has been recorded and broadcast on the BBC. Since 2013, he has also worked alongside Bob Chilcott, Adrian Partington and Christopher Robinson as a judge of the John Sanders Memorial Competition for Young Composers.

Rogers became an examiner for the London College of Music at the University of West London in 2015 and has recently made tours to China, Hong Kong, Ireland and Turkey, as well as examining throughout the UK. He is also a member of the LCM’s theory marking panel.


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New exhibition opening: Nick Inguanez

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This Thursday 13 September 2018 at 19:30, the Malta Society of Arts’ Exhibition Halls will start hosting the art exhibition ‘Aesthetics of Disappearance’ by Nick Inguanez, which is curated by Elyse Tonna.

Title: Aesthetics of Disappearance 

Artist: Nick Inguanez

Curator: Elyse Tonna

Dates: 13 September– 28 September 2018

Exhibition Opening Hours:
Monday from 08:00 hrs to 17:00hrs
Tuesday to Friday from 08:00hrs to Noon | 15:00hrs to 18:00hrs
Saturday and Sunday closed

Venue: Art Galleries, Palazzo de La Salle, Valletta

Entrance is free.

In ‘Aesthetics of Disappearance’, visual artist Nick Inguanez presents a series of ‘figurative landscapes’ in mixed media on canvas, experimenting with a hybrid combining figurative poses with local architectural scenes to represent a paradoxical transience of the present superimposed on the historical value of the past. The exhibition will be showcasing a series of concept sketches, large scale works and a contemporary installation.

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