The Valletta 2018 Foundation is endorsing the first ever International Concert Festival in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The festival includes: one concert the Valletta Ensemble on the 9th July at the Basilica Madonna tal-Karmnu Valletta at 8pm, and another concert by Soloists of Clare College Cambridge and Friends on the 13th July at St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral at 8pm, as well as two organ recitals by Matthew Jorysz – one on the 14th July at St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral at 1pm and one on the 15th July at St John’s Co-Cathedral at 5.20pm.


More details below:


Concert by Valletta Ensemble  9th July 8pm.

Palladio by K. Jenkins

Canon Sanctus – Pachelbel / Anonymous

Panis Angelicus – C. Callus    Tenor Charles Vella Zarb

Ave Maria – F.Schubert          Soprano Hannah Bonnici

Ubi Caritas

Laudate Dominus – W.A Mozart  Soprano Hannah Bonnici

Ave Maria – R. Camilleri  Soprano Hannah Bonnici Soprano Anita Vella Bondin

Gloria – Vivaldi

Innu – Montfort

The Valletta Ensemble was founded by Valhmor Montfort in 2012 is a private orchestra which performs in various activities playing different genres of music. This orchestra is made of talented students and professional musicians.

Valhmor Montfort is the musical director of the Ensemble he is also a violinist in the Malta Philarmhonic Orchestra and is studying conducting at the London College of Music .

Charles Vella Zarb is a well known tenor from Malta  His  recordings include Paolino Vassallo’s  Grande Messa.

Anita Vella Bondin, a Maltese Soprano, recently took part in  the commemoration celebrations of the Great Seige of Malta.She is a member of Maleth Synphonia and recently sang in ‘A Century of Amazing Grace’ conducted by Michael Laus.

Soprano Hannah Bonnici commenced her vocal training at the Johann Strauss School of Music  at the age of fifteen. For  the last five years she has studied under the direction of Latvian opera singer Karmen Radovska and has performed in Ventspils, Latvia. She is part of the Teatru Manoel Youth Opera (TMYO). In 2015, she made her debut as Belinda at the Teatru Manoel in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Hannah is currently completing her Master of Pharmacy at the University of Malta whilst continuing her vocal training.


Concert by Soloists of Clare College Cambridge and Friends 13th July 8pm

St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Valletta

The soloists in this concert and the two Organ Recitals are  giving their time without charge to raise money for the restauration of the Oratory of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel. There will be a retiring Collection. Please be generous.

Programme to include: Tallis, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Duruflé , Rutter


Sophie Woodhead | soprano

Sophie has been a member of The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge for the past three years and has performed as a soloist in high-profile venues across the UK and the USA, including the Library of Congress, Washington.


Alice Halstead | soprano

Alice is the Choir Administrator for The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and features as the soprano soloist in Wesley’s Blessed be the God and Father on their highly-acclaimed latest disc, ‘Haes dies: Music for Easter’.


Henrietta Box | mezzo-soprano

Henrietta is a member of The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. As both a violinist and a mezzo-soprano, she has performed across the UK, Europe and the United States. Highlights include performing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in Eaton Square, London.


Laurence Booth-Clibborn | tenor

Laurence is in his final year singing with The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. As well as performing with the choir in services, concerts and on tours, he has appeared in several opera’s in Cambridge, including the role of Snout in Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Matthew Jorysz | organ

Matthew is the Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey. Before this he held the Abbey’s Organ Scholarship for a term and the Organ Scholarship at Clare College, Cambridge, whilst studying for a degree in music.


Organ Recital St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral  Valletta 14th July 1pm 

Matthew Jorysz

Fantasia in F minor K. 608 (10’)   Mozart

O Menschbewein deinSündegroß BWV 622 (6’)  Bach

Scherzo Op 2 (6’)  Durufle

Sonata in G Op 28 (25’)  Edward Elgar



Organ Recital St John’s CoCathedral  Valletta 15th July 5.20pm

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542 (13’) J.S. Bach

Schmucke dich o liebeSeele (6’) J.S. Bach

Fantasie No 1 in E flat (7’)   Camille Saint-Saens

Psalm Prelude Set 1 No 1 (6’)  Herbert Howells

Cortege etlitanie Op 19 (6’) Marcel Dupre

Sonata No 3 in A major: I. Con moto maestoso (8’) Felix Mendelssohn