St. James Church:, Melita Street, Valletta, Malta View map

A narrated music experience inspired by the island's History in one of Valletta's hidden gems is performed at noon every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting from the 13th of October Note: Artists will be performing on different dates

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Held at the majestic Church of St. James, Valletta Resounds elegantly strings together the church’s ornate charm married with theatrical storytelling and timeless classical music from the baroque period. Critically acclaimed Maltese musicians under the musical direction of Jacob Portelli are at the helm of the site-specific performance, bringing to life the works of Baroque Masters such as Handel and Bach along with the sound of sacred Maltese music by composer Francesco Decesare and more. Sung to perfection by some of Malta’s most esteemed sopranos, Dorothy Bezzina, Marouska Attard and Dorothy Baldacchino, the music is beautifully brought to life on Baroque Harp, Baroque Violin, Baroque Cello, Organ and on the Psaltery. This auditory delight is woven harmoniously with stories of the church and its custodians narrated by the ever-charming and quirky character of sacristan Perello, written and directed by Jeremy Grech. The sacristan swiftly moves the performance through the ages; from the Knights of St John who majestically embellished the church’s interiors, through all the wars that left scars on the building’s robust facade. Valletta Resounds is an immersive music-theatre experience that goes beyond the performative aspect. It delves deep into the history of a church that has seen the beloved capital of a nation develop into the cherished city it has now become, through different periods and rulers including the Grandmasters, French and British.