Festival of the Golden Flute

Festival of the Golden Flute
28th June 2006 cyber

28 June till 1 July 2006; 9am till 10pm

A ticket for a single concert held at St. James Cavalier costs Lm3.00 Admission to masterclasses is only by pre-registration through the application form found at dev.maltaorchestra.com The concert tickets for the concert at San Anton Palace are available at LM 5 per ticket  

“Time is getting close for The Golden Flute Festival. Preparations have been going on for the better part of a year, but now finally things have come to fruition!   We are looking forward to presenting a fantastic line – up of concerts, masterclasses and lectures as well as some displays from Flute shops in Malta and abroad.

There will be four levels of class, with something for everyone, so I hope many of you will take advantage of the opportunity. Junior Students (up to about grade 6, placement upon consultation) will be hosted by Natasha Chircop, who is the professor of Flute at the Johann Strauss School of Music as well a permanant part time member of the National Orchestra of Malta. The classes will consist of technique (working on basic scales, rhythm etc) group pieces (flute choir) as well as individual tuition on pieces of the participant’s choosing. Should there be sufficient demand, there will be a concert of juniors who wish to participate on the final day of the course.  

Intermediate students and Adult amateurs will be entrusted to Helen Wills. Helen is a former co – principal flute of the National Orchestra of Malta and a graduate of Trinity College London. She is currently a busy free lance player and performer in the London area and will be coming over especially for the festival. These classes will also concentrate on technique, according to individual abilities, as well as individual pieces.  

Senior Students and Young Professionals (above grade 8 standard) will have the tremendous fortune to work with TWO of the top international performers and teachers of the Flute. Marina Piccinini is the professor of Flute at Peabody Conservatory in the States, as well as having an extremely busy international solo career. Peter Lukas Graf is one of the most famous flutists alive, and even as he approaches 80, manages to keep a full international schedule. His trip to Malta will be followed by masterclasses in Italy and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he is professor of flute. For both these exceptional musicians, it is their first time in Malta and they are very much looking forward to working with the musicians here. 

The senior student and young professional class will work on selected repertoire with piano (list available on the web page of the National Orchestra of Malta dev.maltaorchestra.com) assisted by the resident pianist of the course, Italian Salvatore Scinaldi.

Senior students and young professional class participants are also eligible to compete in the Charles Camilleri Scholarship competition. This event, celebrating the music of Malta’s conductor emiritus, will have a prize refunding the tuition for the course. Full details of repertoire are available on the web page of the National Orchestra of Malta dev.maltaorchestra.com   The festival will also host several concerts, including a jazz combo, classical ensembles and a solo concert by Peter Lukas Graf (not to be missed!), as well as premieres of new compositions by Scinaldi and Maltese composer Mario Frendo.

The final concert of the festival will be a gala concert featuring Marina Piccinini and the National Orchestra of Malta in works by Tchaikovsky and Mozart’s concerto K. 314. The concert, under the baton of Mro Michael Laus will be held under the patronage of the President of Malta, H.E. Dr. Edward Fenech Adami, in the courtyard of San Anton Palace.”

Rebecca Hall

Festival of the Golden Flute Performances

28 June 2006 ,7:00 pm
The Charles Camilleri Scholarship Competition
(Music Room, St. James Cavalier)

28 June 2006, 9:00 pm
Kris and Co.
New York Station – “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34) Heraclitus in Flux – “Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:46)
Piazzolla in Isolation – “My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46) Its 2a.m and I’m miles away from home –  “I Thirst” (John 19:28)

29 June 2006, 7:30 pm
Flutes and friends
(Music room, St. James Cavalier)
Chamber music from three centuries
Robert Calleja – Flute
John Mc Donough – Oboe
Roberta Attard – Violin
Mario Buhagiar – Cello


  • Trio 1  – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  for Flute, Violin, Cello
  • Chrzaszcz (grasshopper) – Graham Waterhouse for Flute, Oboe, Cello
  • 8 Variations on “La Ci Darem La Mano” by Ludwig Van Beethoven for Flute, Violin, Cello
  • Concerto in D – “Il Gardellino” RV 90  Antonio Vivaldi for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello
  • Concerto in D min – J. S. Bach
  • Trio Sonata in G Major Op 14 no 1 – C. Stamitz
  • Segments Op 93 No 1 – J. Vella 
  • Promenades – B Martinu  

30 June 2006 7:30 pm
An evening with the Master: Peter Lukas Graf in recital
(Music Room, St. James Cavalier)


  • C.P.E. Bach  –  Sonata a minor
  • K. Fukushima – MEI
  • E. von Dohnanyi – Passacaglia
  • J. Ibert – Pièce
  • J.S. Bach – Sonata G major (Transcription P.L. Graf)

1 July 2006 11:00 am
Debutante’s concert featuring members of the Junior and intermediate classes

1 July 2006 12:30pm
Modern Mediterranean
Featuring new works for Flute by Scinaldi, Frendo etc. with Helen Wills
(Music room St. James Cavalier)

1 July 2006, 8:00pm
Gala Final Concert of Festival of the Golden Flute
(Courtyard, San Anton Palace, San Anton)


  • Dumbarton Oaks  – Igor Stravinsky
  • Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Major K314 – W.A. Mozart
    soloist: Marina Piccinini
  • Serenade for Strings – P.I.Tchaikovsky

National Orchestra of Malta
leader Marcelline Agius
conductor: MICHAEL LAUS