07 January 2010

CAMILLERI FESTIVAL, London – Valletta, Malta, 14-17th January 2010

image of The Cassini Quartet

The Music Department goes international early in 2010 with the major participation of Anthony Houghton, The Cassini Quartet (Amy Finch, David Ross, Jenny Hicken and Lucy Revis) and the Jessop Wind Quintet (Selina Slater, Nancy Johnston, Spyros Marinis, Emily Hoggett and Tom James) in the ‘Camilleri Festival’, a celebration of the life and music of Charles Camilleri.

Their involvement with this prestigious venture has come out of the Department’s long association with the composer, who died last year, and is a wonderful opportunity for it to further concrete its links with Malta, play alongside international artists and gain kudos for the University and Performance in the Music Department while helping to promote and rejoice in the richness and diversity of Charles Camilleri’s music. The Festival features some of his chamber music and chamber orchestral oeuvre.

The Quartet plays ‘Silent Spaces’, the Quintet ‘Picasso Set’, Spyros and Anthony the world première of ‘Sonata for Two Clarinets’, a recently unearthed manuscript, and Anthony plays ‘Concertino for Clarinet and Strings’ and ‘Shomyo’ for solo clarinet. All ten Sheffield players join with other Festival musicians (from Europe and USA as well as Malta) to form the Filamusika Orchestra under the leadership of Carmine Lauri (Co-Leader of the LSO), and Conducted by Brian Schembri.