First Malta International Organ Festival announced

All performances will be free of charge and will take place at a number of different churches and cathedrals in Malta and Gozo

The first Malta International Organ Festival will take place between 28 August and 12 September, boasting a 14-day programme of events that will be staged in various churches and cathedrals around Malta and Gozo.

Under the patronage of H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta, and the artistic direction of Joseph Lia this event will feature some of the best-known local and international organ players.

All the performances are free of charge but donations will be collected to support Fondazzjoni Nazareth and the restoration of the St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral Organ. The festival is sponsored primarily by the Lions Club Sliema, Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel and the Parliament Secretary for the Rights of Disabled Persons and Active Ageing and is endorsed by the V-18 Foundation.

The venues for the programmed performances are St. Paul's Anglican Pro-Cathedral, St. Johns Co-Cathedral, St. John's Co-Cathedral Oratory, St. Augustine Church (Valletta), St. Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral (Mdina),  Annunciation of Our Lady Parish Church (Balzan), St. Cajetan Parish Church (Hamrun) and Our Lady of Ta' Pinu Sanctuary in Gozo.

Free organ masterclasses for students are being held in Valletta on Monday, 1 September and Wednesday, 3 September. Those interested should apply as soon as possible by filling the official form at The website also offers information about the programme and participants.