Charles Galea

Charles Galea – Theory Tutor


Charles Galea is an emerging composer from Malta. He embarked on studying elementary guitar and music theory back in 2005, adopting a rather challenging but exciting approach.  Despite being in his late thirties, as well as the countless number of other personal commitments, Galea was not impeded in pursuing his lifelong dream of learning the enchantment that makes music truly inspiring.

Self-motivation and determination led Galea to complete his Recital Diploma in December 2010, and in 2011, he earned a Bachelor of Music diploma with honours.

Shortly thereafter, Galea started experimenting with music composition with other musicians, teachers, and students within the field, eventually leading him to collaborate with Reuben Pace, from whom he acquired considerable insightful information and significant guidance on music composition.  In December 2012, a variation of Pace’s theme, composed by Galea himself, was performed at the Sala Isouard, Manoel Theatre. 

Galea also embarked on an ambitious project, that of writing a string quartet, which he named Souls. He finished this project within four months, and the work was performed at St James Cavalier, Valletta, on 2nd November 2013.

In 2014, he was tasked to compose a festive march named Il-Primo for the Kristu Sultan Band Club in Paola, of which he became Assistant to the Maestro in 2015.

In 2015, mentored by Raymond Sciberras, Galea presented and obtained an ALCM Diploma in Composition from the Thames Valley University in London, while voluntarily teaching music theory in the Paola Band Club.

In March 2017, ‘46664 (Mandela’s Cell)’, a piano piece written in a contemporary idiom, was chosen to be performed in the New Composers and Performers Concert at the Teatru Salesjan, Sliema. It was performed magnificently by the distinguished Mr Alex Vella Gregory.

In 2018, he presented and obtained a LmusLCM Diploma in Composition, Music Evaluation on Set Work and Orchestration from the Thames Valley University in London. He also enrolled in a two-year course, a Diploma in Wind Band Studies, at the University of Malta. Also in 2018, a piano piece called ‘Romanza in un Pomeriggio d’Autunno’ was shortlisted in the distinct competition 7 Notes Experiment by the Armenian composer, Serj Tankian. The whole experience can be found in the following link:

In 2019, ‘Porta Coeli’, an organ piece, was shortlisted in the Hearing Orpheus Today, another distinguished competition. More information on this competition can be found in the following link. 

In 2019, Galea was involved as a composer in a project for a thesis for a second degree at the University of Malta. This project, which was presented by Mr Ray Axiaq, was called Painting Sound: An Investigation of the Relation between the Motions of Sound and Abstract Painting.  

In 2019, he also presented and obtained an FLCM Diploma in Art Music Composition from the Thames Valley University in London.

In 2020, Dark Plum Satin, a musical composition written for strings whose theme sends a powerful message about what it feels like to live with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),won Galea a Special Diploma Prize, Europe Most Promising Composer 2020, in the Malta International Composition Competition. More information on this competition can be found in the following link.

In 2020, Galea successfully completed the course Diploma in Wind Band Studies at the University of Malta. In 2020, he also began teaching theory of music at the Saint Leonard Band Club A.D. 1858.

At present, Galea is still committed to his musical journey and is supplementing his studies in instrumentation, music technology, practical issues in playing and conducting, solfege techniques, and orchestration while gaining experience in applying theoretical knowledge in novel compositions of artistic music.


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