These are the last days of the Exhibition of photos and posters giving an overview of Professor Joseph Vella’s “Life for Music” set up on the occasion of the inauguration of his Music Archive at Il-Ħaġar – Heart of Gozo museum in Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria. It will be replaced on 13th March but the Archive is open permanently. Visitors can also acquire one of the last copies of the full-colour book with the same title.

Il-Ħaġar opening hours are Sunday to Saturday 9am – 5pm; entrance remains free.


Dalwaqt tiżżarma l-Wirja ta’ ritratti u posters li jagħtu ħarsa lejn il-“ħajja għall-mużika” tas-Surmast Joseph Vella, armata fl-okkażjoni tal-inawgurazzjoni tal-arkivju tax-xogħolijiet tiegħu fil-Mużew Il-Ħaġar fi Pjazza San Ġorġ, Victoria. Infatti se tinbidel fit-13 ta’ Marzu iżda il-Joseph Vella Music Archive jibqa’ miftuħ permanentement. Tista’ anki tiġi akkwistata kopja minn tal-aħħar tal-ktieb dwaru “A Life for Music”.

Il-ħinijet tal-ftuħ huma 9am sal-5pm sebat ijiem fil-ġimgħa. M’hemmx ħlas tad-dħul.

Last few copies of the book about Mro Joseph Vella can be acquired from the museum for a donation of €10.

Visit to the Malta Postal Museum

Last Friday 10th November, a number of friends of the museum joined for an organised trip to Valletta to visit the Malta Postal Museum.    Visitors have been welcomed by Maltapost Chairman Mr Joseph Said the visit at the museum was conducted by curator Ms Lara Bugeja .  The visit ended with a reception on the Museum’s terrace.

(Photos: Anthony Zammit)

Successful Fund-Raising Drive

Museum Curator Mgr Dr Joseph Farrugia announced that the fund-raising drive to cover the remaining expenses for the restoration of the historic Square Piano has been successful.

The Square Piano had been donated to Il-Ħaġar Museum two years ago by Prof. Mro Joseph Vella and earlier this year it was restored in Malta by brothers Anthony and Michael Spiteri. Its inauguration took place on Saturday, 25 June 2016, with a recital by top-student pianist Frances James Camilleri. This recital was held as an added event in the Victoria International Arts Festival that is currently unfolding.

Mgr Farrugia thanked the members of the Ladies Society for the €503 they garnered from the sale of home-baked pastry over the first weekend of June and the young friends of Il-Ħaġar for the organization of a lunch, held right after the Square Piano recital at St George’s Parish House with a profit of €650.

Mgr Farrugia thanked especially those who, though unable to join in the lunch, contributed generously to the cause.

It is hoped that the Square Piano, hitherto an unusable instrument, will continue to feature regularly in the cultural calendars of Gozo.

(Photo: Sam Cefai)

Mother of FBV Chairperson’s Funeral

Mrs Maria Vassallo, the mother of Mr Antoine Vassallo, the Chairperson of Fondazzjoni Belt Victoria, died on Monday, 3 August 2015. Ninety-one year old Mrs Vassallo died at her home in Victoria, surrounded by her children and assisted by Mgr Joseph Farrugia, archpriest emeritus of St George’s Basilica and curator of Il-Hagar Museum.

Mrs Vassallo’s funeral takes place today, Tuesday, 4 August 2015, at 5.30pm with Holy Mass starting at 6.00pm in St George’s Basilica.

Il-Hagar Museum will be closed from noon as a sign of mourning.