04 - 13 Nov 2016
All Day


The Three Palaces Festival, a week-long event with performances set in historically important and magnificent buildings, will be held from the 4th till the 13th November under the artistic direction of Peter Manning.



The festival is fast becoming an important appointment in Malta’s cultural calendar. This year’s programme of events will feature local and international artists of exceptional talent who will be performing in the Throne Room of the Grand Masters’ Palace, Verdala Palace, San Anton Palace and the Manoel Theatre.

Among these artists is soprano Ailyn Perez, winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Award and the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Award – is increasingly in demand at the world’s leading opera houses and cultural capitals.


Credit: Rebecca Fay


British cellist Steven Isserlis is acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, and enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster.


Credit: Jean Baptiste


This year’s edition of the festival also includes performances by classical guitarist Sean Shibe,


Credit: B. Ealovega


violinist Ania Safanova,



brass ensemble The Wallace Collection,



as well as Malta’s own violinist Carmine Lauri,



composer Karl Fiorini,



jazz pianist Dominic Galea



and soprano Nicola Said.



Peter Manning, a leading figure in the classical music world, is a violinist, concert master and conductor, and has toured some of the world’s major concert halls and led the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Britten String Quartet. Manning also acts as a music education adviser within many international capitals.

As part of the festival’s outreach programme, John Wallace will be leading a masterclass for band clubs and brass players, while Ania Safanova will lead one targeted for school children. Sean Shibe will conduct a session aimed at the general public, particularly guitar players. All these workshops are free of charge and those wishing to attend should send an email to info.acm@artscouncilmalta.org.

Prices range from €10 to €25 for regular tickets, and €30 to €50 for front row seats. These will be available as of the 10th August, and can be purchased from the Three Palaces Festival website.


The Three Palaces Festival is organised by Arts Council Malta within the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, under the patronage of H. E. the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca in collaboration with Teatru Manoel and with the support of Valletta 2018, MSV Life and MGA.