Batera Duo presents a decade in the history of Saxophone repertoire

20130502 - RIDT - 10 - Batera Duo - DSC_8095Batera Duo is celebrating a decade in the history of the saxophone repertoire while drawing attention to research projects by raising funds for the University of Malta’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT).  The Saxophone and Piano concert will be held on Thursday 23rd May at 20:00hrs at Sala Isouard, Teatru Manoel, Valletta.

The saxophone is a relatively modern instrument, having been invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adophe Sax in 1846. Needing some time to evolve and immerse itself in the musical society, the first valid pieces for the saxophone were composed in the 1930s. Batera Duo will highlight four of the most important pieces written in that decade, which are essentially  core works of the saxophone repertoire.

The programme will include works by Alexander Glazunov, Jacques Ibert, Eugéne Bozza and Paul Creston. Proceeds will go towards the RIDT.

Batera Duo brings together Gozitan saxophonist Philip Attard and Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa. Since their debut as a duo in April 2012, they have been invited to perform in  festivals and concert series, including the Emerging Artists Series of the Malta Arts Festival. Individually, Philip and Christine have been regular performers in Malta and overseas. They have performed as soloists and chamber musicians in Spain, France, Austria, Italy, England and Poland. Both Philip and Christine have been recipients of various awards, including the national Young Musician’s Contest (Malta), the 11th Bice Mizzi Competition (Malta) and the RNCM Clifton Helliwel Memorial Award (U.K).

As a duo, Batera Duo participated in master classes with various international chamber musicians, including Tiziano Mealli, Fabrizio Mancuso, Antonino Mollica, Federico Mondelci, Godfrey Mifsud and Roberto Frati.

RIDT’s CEO Wilfred Kenely said: “Following on the success achieved last year, when Batera Duo raised funds for the University’ RIDT, Philip and Christine offered to dedicate their time and musical talents for yet another fund raising recital.”

“Apart from being highly appreciated, knowing that students themselves are contributing to a fund for research projects is very encouraging. We are confident that more students and graduates will discover this altruistic spirit and follow Philip’s and Christine’s initiative to raise funds for RIDT in order to finance more research projects at our University.”

The RIDT has been set up to attract funds and to support the further development of high-calibre research projects within the University of Malta.

The Saxophone and Piano concert is being organised with the support of Teatru Manoel. Tickets at €10 can be obtained from the booking office of Teatru Manoel tel no 21246389 or via email or by visiting the website Booking office opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10.00 – 13.00hrs and 17.00 – 19.00hrs and Saturday between 10.00 – 13.00hrs. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the RIDT.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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