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Malcolm Arnold

Duo for flute and viola

Claude Debussy 

(arr. J. McDonough)

Clair de Lune

David Jaeger

Lament for the people of Ukraine for flute and harp     

Claude Debussy

Sonata for Flute, viola and harp

Hans Sitt

Album Leaves for viola and harp

Alex Vella Gregory

Awwissu for flute, oboe and harp

Maurice Ravel 

(arr. J. McDonough)

Pavane pour une infante défunte   

Programme Note

The period immediately before the First World War was one of frenetic inspiration for composers on either side of the English Channel. Impressionism, art nouveau, and exoticism combined to create a new palette of colours and textures for composers such as Debussy and Ravel to explore. This programme of compositions tied to composers associated with both the wars of the Twentieth Century is particularly poignant as Europe watches warily the events a century later. Centred around Debussy's 1916 Trio for Flute, Viola, and Harp, the programme features music by Maltese composer Alex Vella Gregory, Malcolm Arnold, and the premiere arrangement of "Lament for the people of Ukraine" by Canadian composer David Jaeger.

Rounding out the programme are several bespoke arrangements for the quartet by MPO Principal Oboe, John McDonough.

Rebecca Hall - Flute

With performances described as “beautiful, sensuous, sensitive and poetic”, flutist Rebecca Hall is a perennial favourite with audiences in Malta and internationally, whether as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra member or educator.

As comfortable at the front of the stage as in the orchestra, her concerto repertoire includes works by JS Bach, as well as CPE Bach, Mozart, Chaminade, Nielsen, Rodrigo, Lukas Foss, and Maltese composer John Galea. 

In her role as Principal Flute of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, she has appeared in such notable halls as Vienna’s Musikverein, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Moscow’s Zaryadne Hall, Munich’s Gasteig, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney’s Goosens Hall, Dubai’s Opera and Frankfurt’s Alte Oper. Her chamber recitals have seen her performing in palaces and concert halls from Melbourne to Moscow, and broadcast on CBC, BBC, and Australian Broadcasting.

Dr. Hall is Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta, a tutor for the Malta Philharmonic Academy and Malta Youth Orchestra and Maltese representative for the British Flute Society.

John McDonough - Oboe

Principal Oboist with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, John McDonough Graduated with Honours from the London College of Music winning the Woodwind Prize and the Henry Bromley-Derry Prize for All-round Musicianship. 

John has played as guest Principal Oboe with the European Union and the Urals State Chamber Orchestras. Performing on Baroque Oboe and Recorders, he has played with The English Concert and VIBE. Touring with Cosmos Wind Ensemble he performed throughout Europe, Canada, Australia, and Russia. 

John has recorded concerti and chamber works by Maltese composers including Francesco Azzopardi, Charles Camilleri, Joseph Vella, and British composers Robin Milford and Walter Gaze Copper (Nimbus Records). His transcriptions for Wind Quintet are published by Cramer Music, London.

Alexandre Razera - Viola

Brazilian violist Alexandre Razera studied at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic and later at the University of Arts in Berlin. He worked under conductors like Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, and Lorin Maazel.

Alexandre worked for several years with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He has also held the position of Guest/Principal violist with the Ljubljana Slovenian Radio and Television Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.

In parallel with his career as soloist, teacher, and chamber musician, he is regularly invited as tutor and judge on several international festival and competition panels. He collaborates regularly with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and was recently awarded the position of Sub-Principal Viola with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

Britt Arend - Harp

Britt Arend studied at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Susanna Mildonian, the Hochschule Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Maria Graf, the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. She also attended summer courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Mozarteum Salzburg, Festival des Arcs, and Festival de Gargilesse.

A much-admired soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player appearing with some of Europe’s finest orchestras and conductors, she was appointed Principal Harpist of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. 


Rebecca Hall, flute

John McDonough, oboe

Alexandre Razera, viola 

Britt Arend, harp 

Terms & Conditions
1 November 2022
Gran Salon, Archaeology Museum, Valletta
€5 - €10
Audience Level
Suitable for All
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