On Tuesday 8th July the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (VIBE) gave a concert at a packed All Souls Church in Valletta. The full programme included Purcell’s Chacony in G minor, Michel’Ang Vella’s Sonata a tré No 6, Handel’s Musette from Concerto Grosso Op 6, Corelli’s Ciaconna in G major op. 2, Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 violins from L’Estro Armonico.
The was the culmination of a three-day masterclass, the purpose of which was to offer the opportunity to Maltese musicians interested in trying out baroque instruments and working with three excellent baroque tutors.
VIBE is a very important offshoot of the established Valletta International Baroque Festival which takes place every January and is organised by Teatru Manoel. It is jointly coordinated by Sally Jackson from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sarah Spiteri from the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
Kenneth Zammit Tabona, Artistic Director of the Valletta International Baroque Festival (VIBE) saw that the establishment of an ensemble as an integral part of the annual Baroque Festival which guarantees continuity and an increased Maltese presence within the Festival.
The Ensemble is already affiliated to the Ambronay Festival, one of the leading opera and early music festivals, through the European Creative Project eeemerging (Emerging European Ensembles). This project includes partners from France, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Slovenia, Romania and Latvia and has helped several new ensembles to become established. VIBE is also to be included in an international project that will showcase Maltese art that can be exported by our embassies abroad.
The next VIBE masterclasses for voice and baroque wind and brass, which will also culminate in a public concert, will take place on Sunday 12th October 2014. Following this, the Ensemble will perform at two concerts during the Valletta International Baroque Festival 2015; both at St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, the Friday 16th January concert will feature music by Abos, Handel and Steffani and the Saturday 24th January one will feature music by Gabrieli and Monteverdi.