Jonathan Abela

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Mro. Jonathan Abela

Mro. Jonathan Abela was born on 16 April 1972 and is the son of Carmelo Abela and Mary nee Brown. He was born in Pieta` but baptised in the Parish of St. Lawrence in il-Birgu. During his first years, he lived in La Valette Street in Vittoriosa. Later on his family moved to Ħaż-Żabbar. Jonathan is married to Lorraine nee Grech and have two children, Luke and Gabriel. Once married, Mro. Abela and his wife moved to Il-Kalkara, where they still reside at present. Jonathan is a Civil Servant official and is currently working in the Information Technology section within the Ministry of Health and Energy.

Jonathan began studying music at the age of seventeen years under Mro. Raymond Sciberras. After eleven months, of lessons, he made his first appearance with the Soċjeta Filarmonika Maria Mater Gratiae band from Ħaż-Żabbar where he played the slide trombone. At the same time he began studying the musical theory, also under Mro. Sciberras. After six years in musical theory where he passed all grades, in 1997 he also pażżobtained the A.Mus.LCM diploma. Meanwhile, he continued to study the slide trombone with various other Maestros.

Jonathan played the Slide Trombone with various orchestras, bands and other groups. He also played with the National Orchestra which was under the direction of several foreign conductors. He also played with the Orchestra of Fr.John Galea, the Orchestra of the Amadeus Choir of tenor Brian Cefai, and the Orchestra of Mro. Dion Buhagiar among others. While a great number of musical programmes with other band clubs are also common, Jonathan also played with various bands in other concerts including: Tejatru Unplugged with Renzo Spiteri as well as with local bands Fakawi and Brikkuni. He was also a fixed member of the band Etnika who succeeded in Malta and was invited several times to play abroad. Mro. Abela also took part in several musicals including Chicago and Pantomimes, Peter Panto and Living Legends. He also played with several Big Bands including Johan Strauss Big Band under the leadership of Mro. Paul Abela and also participated in the Malta Jazz Festival, with Val Valente Big Band, as well as the Freddie Mizzi Big Band.

Jonathan also participated in the Voices choir band. In recent times, he also participated in the concert organised by the PBS orchestra in Ta’ Qali. this orchestra was under the baton of Mro Paul Abela and Mro Joe Brown, who happens to be his cousin. On 26th December 2014, Mro.Abela once again joined Mro Joe Brown to perform in the charity programme Strina, which was shown on all local TV stations. It must be said that Mro Abela also plays the Base Guitar.

Mro. Abela was appointed assistant Director with the Għaqda Mużikali San Ġużepp (Kalkara). Later on he was also appointed Assistant Director of Soċjeta Filarmonika San Bartilmew of Ħal Għargħur, Soċjeta Mużikali San Girgor (Sliema) and also Għaqda Mużikali Beland of Iż-Żejtun. He was also appointed a music teacher at the Soċjeta Filarmonika Maria Mater Gratiae of Ħaż-Żabbar. In 2004, he was appointed musical director of the Għaqda Mużikali San Ġiużepp of Kalkara and is still the conductor till today. Throughout these years, Mro Abela conducted these various bands on a number of occasions.

Mro Abela composed a number of Marches and funeral marches, Waltzes, Hymns and other musical arrangements. He also composed three tone poems for concert band. Parts of the last tone poem were played during the audition which was organised by the Soċjeta Mużikali Banda Vittoriosana San Lawrenz Band Club of Vittoriosa in order to appoint a new band Maestro, which audition was won by Mro Abela.