Vella Gregory

The story Tramuntana and the Wild Rider is based on Robert Schumann’s Album for the Young, using characters depicted in the music. This performance is interactive. The children will be ask to ‘help’ the narrator create a visual rendition as the story unfolds, through the use of objects contained in a ‘mysterious’ box to be found centre stage. The children will be also ‘dressed up’ as characters in the story. Schumann’s music is used either as an underlying score to the story or as an auditory stimulus as the story unfolds and the children are setting up the scene together with the narrator. The ‘props’ used are everyday home found objects, such as a sieve, floor mop, paper cut outs etc which when used within the context of the story acquire magical ‘out of the ordinary’ properties. This taps immediately into the children’s creative realm where anything is possible and where heroes and villains can be construed out of a simple sieve and floor cloth. This performance is also a fantastic introduction to Robert Schumann’s music. Alexander Vella Gregory (Pianist) was born in Malta in 1984. He studied piano and music theory with Mro. Paul Borg and Mro. Laurence Borg, and obtained an Associate of the London College of Music (ALCM) diploma. In 2002, he won the Ian Tomlin Napier/Malta Music Scholarship which enabled him to pursue a B.Mus(Hons) degree in composition at the Ian Tomlin School of Music, Napier University, Edinburgh where he graduated in July 2006 with honours. He is active both as a composer and as an accompanist. He has since performed in many venues both in Malta and abroad, including Edinburgh, Vienna, and Italy. Alexander forms part of the chamber orchestra the St James Consort, as well as being a founding member of the Cappella Sanctae Catharinae, Malta’s only male choir. He was vocal coach for the Malta run of the hit musical Spring Awakening in 2009, and for Ospizio a site-specific theatre performance commissioned for the Malta Summer Arts Festival 2010. Alexander has participated in several music education projects targeting children, including The Carnival of Animals, a dance performance for kids, and The Classical Experience, a project which targeted schools. In November 2009 he performed Poulenc’s L’Histoire de Babar in Washington DC, together with Sarah Spiteri, Godfrey Mifsud and Renzo Spiteri, as part of the Kids Euro Festival. He has also created an animated musical piece, together with author Trevor Zahra, for the Malta Children’s Literature Festival 2010. Alex Vella Gregory’s works have been performed in Malta, Edinburgh, Vienna, Frankfurt, Prague, and the USA. Upcoming engagements include a concert of his works at Sala Isouard, Malta, where he will be premiering his piano suite Knejjes II (Churches II), and a concert at Napier University, Edinburgh.