Do the baroque and classical music genres fascinate you? Are you curious to discover the secrets behind the masterworks of Bach and Handel? Have you ever thought about the intricacies of the instruments of the day – the way they were built, who they were played by and the kind of music written for them?

Thanks to the Manoel Theatre and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, internationally recognised violinist and conductor Adrian Butterfield will be presenting a free public masterclass exploring Baroque and Classical repertoire in a historically informed manner.

Adrian Butterfield is a violinist, director, conductor and teacher who specialises in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is Musical Director for the Tilford Bach Society and the Associate Director of the London Handel Festival, regularly directing the London Handel Orchestra and Players of which he is a founding member. He also works as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America with modern and period ensembles.

He also leads the Revolutionary Drawing Room, an ensemble which specialises in performing Classical and Romantic repertoire on period instruments. A recording of quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Vanhal and Dittersdorf – A Viennese Quartet Party – was released by RDR to coincide with their 25th anniversary in 2015.

Other recent releases include Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Colin Lawson on Clarinet Classics, and Geminiani’s complete Op.1 sonatas by LHP in 2012. He’s taken part in numerous other recordings, and his world premiere complete recordings of Leclair’s first two books of violin sonatas, which were released in 2009 and 2013, have been widely acclaimed.


Image above: Adrian Butterfield


The class will be held in the music room of St. James Cavalier on the 27th November from 10am till 1pm. The general public is welcome to attend and enjoy as Prof Butterfield presents and discusses repertoire by composers such as Bach, Handel and Mozart. Performers may choose to present the works on either modern or period instruments.

Those who wish to participate should send an email with their name and the title of the baroque or classical period composition they wish to perform by no later than the 15th November to Dr Rebecca Hall on Short listed applicants will be informed shortly thereafter.