19 Nov - 09 Dec 2016
All Day


Taking place from the 19th November till the 9th December, the Malta International Organ Festival is undoubtedly the largest event during this time of the year for lovers of art and classical music. With seventeen concerts by world-renowned musicians within the cathedrals, basilicas and churches across the Maltese Islands, this is surely a fitting celebration of the king of instruments.

The festival brings together some of the world’s finest musicians performing some of the greatest music written for the organ, whilst also showcasing some of Malta’s most stunning architectural and artistic heritage.

The programme kicks off with a performance by the world renowned BBC Proms participant, virtuoso organist and conductor Wayne Marshall on the organ, together with Malta’s most outstanding baritone, Joseph Lia.




Date & Time: 19th November, 7.30pm
Event: Opening Concert by Wayne Marshall (UK) on the organ and Baritone Joseph Lia (Malta) – €20
Location: St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta

Date & Time: 20th November, 7pm
Event: Organ & Clarinet Concert with Erwin Wiersinga (Netherlands) and Yfke Hoogevee (Netherlands) – Free
Location: Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Church, Fontana Gozo

Date & Time: 21st November, 7.15pm
Event: Solo Organ Recital by Joseph Caruana – Free
Location: St. Catherine Parish Church, Żejtun

Date & Time: 22nd November, 7pm
Event: Organ & Cello Concert by Andres Uibo (Estonia) and Aare Tammesalu (Estonia) – Free
Location: Jesus of Nazareth Chapel, Xagħra Gozo

Date & Time: 23rd November, 7.15pm
Event: Choir & Organ Concert conducted by Jonas Zenonas Bernadisius with the Giesme Choir (Lithuania) and Aelita Petrauskiene on the organ – Free
Location: St. Helen’s Basilica, B’Kara

Date & Time: 24th November, 7.30pm
Event: Violin, Organ & Cello Concert with Andres Uibo (Estonia), Alexandra Orlova (Russia) and Aare Tammesalu (Estonia) – €15
Location: Bir Miftuħ Medieval Chapel, Gudja

Please note that the Bir Miftuħ Medieval Chapel has a seating capacity of 70.

Date & Time: 25th November, 8pm
Event: Organ & Pan-Pipes Concert by Dominique Aubert (France) and Philipe Emmanuel Haas (France) – Free
Location: St. Augustine Parish Church, Valletta

Date & Time: 26th November, 7.15pm
Event: Organ & Voice Concert by Marco D’Avola (Italy) Soprano Silvia Di Falco (Italy) and Baritone Joseph Lia (Malta) – Free
Location: Annunciation Parish Church, Balzan

Date & Time: 27th November, 10.15am
Event: Improvisations on Sacred Themes by Dion Buhagiar (Malta) – Free
Location: St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta

Date & Time: 29th November, 8pm
Event: Organ Music by German Composers with Christian Schmitt (Germany) – Free
Location: St. Augustine Parish Church, Valletta

Date & Time: 30th November, 7.30pm
Event: Organ & Brass conducted by Geoffrey Alvarez (UK) with Daniel Zaretsky (Russia) and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Ensemble – €15
Location: St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta

Date & Time: 1st December, 8.30pm
Event: Strada Stretta Concept Concert with Daniel Zaretsky (Russia) on the organ, Reggie Clews (Malta) on violin and Yaroslav Mikulkho (Ukraine) on cello – Free
Location: Loop Bar, Strait Street, Valletta

Date & Time: 2nd December, 7.30pm
Event: Solo Organ Recital by Diego Cannizzaro (Sicily) – Free
Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Church, Balluta

Date & Time: 3rd December, 8.30pm
Event: Theme & Variations on Maltese Feast Antiphons by Roberta Bugeja (Malta) – Free
Location: St. Julian’s Parish Church, St Julian’s

Date & Time: 4th December, 7.15pm
Event: Solo Organ Recital by Piret Aidulo (Estonia) – Free
Location: St. John of the Cross Parish Church, Ta’ Xbiex

Date & Time: 7th December, 8pm
Event: Bach’s Organ Masterpieces by Heribert Breuer (Germany) – Free
Location: St. Augustine Parish Church, Valletta

Date & Time: 9th December, 7.30pm
Event: Grand Finale – Corelli’s Christmas Concerto & Handel’s Organ Concerto op. 4 No. 5 in F Major, conducted by Elena Sartori (Italy), performed by the Organ & Valletta Chamber Orchestra – €15
Location: St. Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral, Valletta

Block Tickets cost €52.50 and allow access to all paying concerts, with a discount of €12.50 from €65. There is a limit on Block Tickets due to the limit of seats at Bir Miftuħ Chapel. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information, visit the Malta International Organ Festival website.