The Valletta International Baroque Festival was set up in 2013 to create a unique annual January event that celebrates Valletta as a quintessentially baroque city. The festival uses a number of wonderful baroque and historical locations throughout its two week musical extravaganza celebrating the aristocratic grandeur of Malta’s capital city.

The Festival will again this year venture out of Valletta to other baroque venues including: Mdina, the old Siculo-Norman capital where one can still see the columns of roman temples in its foundations, Birgu (Vittoriosa) and Senglea (L-Isla) which lie across the Grand Harbour from Valletta and form part of what is referred to as The Three Cities; and Rabat, Ghaxaq, Qrendi and Zejtun – all boasting exquisite examples of Malta’s baroque heritage.

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Check out the Programme below:


11 January, 19:30, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Extravaganzas for Mandolin

Performers: Capella GabettaAndrés Gabetta, Violin & Direction, and Avi Avital, Mandolin

12 January, 12:00, Oratory of the Crucifix, Senglea

The Heart of Sensibility

Performers: Reiko Ichise, Viola da Gamba and Jennifer Morsches, Cello

12 January, 16:00, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Vivaldi, Telemann and Handel

Performers: Ensemble MatheusJean-Christophe Spinosi, Director, andEmilie Rose Bry, Soprano

12 January, 19:30, St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta

The Goldberg Variations on Organ

Performer: Hansjörg Albrecht, Organist and Conductor

12 January, 21:30, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Barock ‘n’ Roll

Performers: Matheus Ensemble and Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Director

13 January, 12:00, Aula Capitulare, Mdina Cathedral

The Seasons

Performer: PRISMA

13 January, 17:30, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Vivica Genaux is Farinelli

Performers: Concerto de’ CavalieriMarcello Di Lisa, Director, and Vivica Genaux, Mezzo Soprano

14 January, 12:00, Grand Salon at the Archaeology Museum, Valletta


Performers: Imago MundiSofie Vanden Eynde, Theorbo and artistic direction, and Lore Binon, Soprano

14 January, 19:30, Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa


Performer: Lautten Compagney

15 January, 12:00, Our Lady of Victories Church, Valletta

Music from the Fairest Isle: Lute Song by Dowland and Purcell

Performers: Claire Debono, Soprano and Benjamin Narvey, Lute

15 January, 19:30, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Inspired By Baroque

Performers: Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Michalis Economou, Director

16 January, 12:00, The Oratory of the Rosary, Basilica of St Dominic, Valletta

The splendour of the viol

Performer: Fahmi Alqhai, Director and Viola da gamba

16 January, 19:30, Ta Ġieżu Church, Rabat

Ich Habe Genug

Performers: Ensemble Zefiro and Alfredo Bernardini, Oboist and Director

17 January, 12:00, National Library, Valletta

Dans la chambre du roy

Performers: Ensemble FlameEric Tinkerhess, Viola da Gamba, andTakahisa Aida, Harpsichord

17 January, 19:30, St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta

Handel Concerto

Performer: Valletta International Baroque Ensemble

18 January, 12:00, St Catherine Church, Valletta

Bach Flute Sonatas

Performers: Ashley Solomon, Flute and Terence Charlston, Harpsichord

18 January, 19:30, Grand Salon at the Archaeology Museum, Valletta

Muera Cupido – Music by Sebastian Duron

Performers: Accademia del PiacereNuria Rial, Soprano, and Fahmi Alqhai, Director and Viola da gamba

19 January, 12:00, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Musica Poetica – Bach Cantata and Concertos

Performers: Ensemble Alia Mens and Olivier Spilmont, Director

19 January, 16:00, Oratory of Our Lady of Charity, Valletta

Back to the Future

Performer: Lucile Boulanger, Viola da Gamba

19 January, 19:30, Collegiate Basilica of Our Lady of Victories, Senglea

Maddalena ai piedi di Cristo by Antonio Caldara

Performers: Divino SospiroMassimo Mazzeo, DirectorGemma Bertagnolli, SopranoSilvia Frigato, SopranoFilippo Mineccia, Counter TenorGiuseppina Bridellli, Mezzo SopranoFernando Guimarães, Tenor, and Hugo Oliveira, Bass

20 January, 12:00, Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa

Venus & Adonis by Johann Christoph Pepusch

Performer: The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

20 January, 17:30, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Bach to Balanchine

Performers: Nicolas Dautricourt, Violin and Lucia Micallef, Piano

21 January, 12:00, Our Lady of Porto Salvo Church, Senglea

Bach Cello Suites (5, 2 & 4)

Performer: Isang Enders

21 January, 19:30, St Marija Church, Għaxaq

Charlie’s Baroque Angels

Performer: Charlie Siem, violin

22 January, 19:30, St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta

Bach – St Matthew Passion BVW 244

Performers: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and John Butt, Director

23 January, 12:00, Aula Capitulare, Mdina Cathedral

Toccami L’Anima – Music by Frescobaldi, Bach, Couperin and Royer

Performer: Marco Mencoboni

23 January, 19:30, St Catherine Church, Żejtun

Niccolò Jommelli, Dixit Dominus ; Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Mass in D major

Performers: Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri and Giulio Prandi

24 January, 12:00, Grand Salon at the Archaeology Museum, Valletta

Bach and Beyond – Music by Bach, Reich, Maslanka and Zarvos

Performer: Signum Saxophone Quartet

24 January, 19:30, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

Handel’s ‘Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno‘ HWV 46

Performers: Armonia Atenea, OrchestraGeorge Petrou, DirectorMyrisiní Margariti, SopranoNian Wang, Mezzo SopranoYuriy Mynenko, Counter Tenor, and Christos Kechris, Tenor

25 January, 12:00, Grand Salon at the Archaeology Museum, Valletta

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. BWV 846 – 869

Performer: Paul Gulda, Harpsichord

25 January, 19:30, Parish Church of the Assumption, Qrendi

Missa in Illo Tempore SV205 by Claudio Monteverdi

Performers: Cantar Lontano and Marco Mencoboni

26 January, 12:00, Grand Salon at the Archaeology Museum, Valletta

Path of Love – Masa’ar Hubb

Performers: Paul Gulda, Harpsichord and Marwan Abado, Oud and Vocals

26 January, 19:30, Teatru Manoel, Valletta

The Six Brandenburg Concertos

Performers: Les Passions de l’Âme and Meret Lüthi