Live concert in front of an audience symbolises return of Malta Philharmonic Orchestra after difficult pandemic period

The Valletta Waterfront is hosting cinematic moments and musical interludes in a Summer Festival being held in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in one of the first live cultural festivals since the postponements because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

With the picturesque bastions surrounding the Grand Harbour as a background, the sound of melodious music may now once more be heard to herald and symbolise the return to performances by the Orchestra.

With four successive weeks of cultural events at the Valletta Waterfront, the APS Summer Festival is bringing musical events that vary between styles and generations, including jazz and musicals and featuring groups like Red Electrick and performers like Nadine Axisa, together with the Philharmonic Orchestra and its Youth Section.

The concerts will be complemented by cinematic evenings, dance performances, comedy and poetic recitals. From the Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Attard, said the events will be staged in the open with logistical arrangements to respect social distancing,

He said that through the arts these will be an inspiration so that together we can look to a more positive future based on different musical styles during the weekend and these will be interlaced with films and arts to create a niche of hope for the future.

Soprano Nadia Vella said she is enthusiastically looking forward to a return of cultural activities.

She said the concert seems to symbolise a new beginning because the pandemic was not a good period and there is a great differences between giving virtual performances through online streaming and facing a live audience from a stage and communicating with those attending.

Fiorella Camilleri, who plays the flute in the Orchestra, also expressed her enthusiasm to the return of live performances after the pandemic.

She said that not performing with other musicians for three months is not an easy matter, but these programmes are live as opposed to recordings and this makes a great difference when facing an audience where greater concentration is required and this is more appreciated by an audience.

The APS Summer Festival is an event coordinated between the Orchestra and Valletta Cruise Port with the support of the Malta Tourism Authority, Studio Seven, Embassy Cinemas and Island Insurance Brokers.

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