Thanks to Father George Frendo, the Caird Oboe Quartet performed for the Victoria International Arts Festival on 13 July. I was so pleased to play again with Simon Blendis, Douglas Paterson and Jane Salmon in Mozart’s C major quartet (K. 285b) and K. 370. The trio also played Beethoven’s G major trio, Op 9 No 1.  Now in its 22nd year, this is the longest running festival in Malta and combines excellent Maltese musicians with visiting artists from far and wide. We very much enjoyed hearing the final concert given by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Philip Walsh in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto (with Godfrey Mifsud as eloquent soloist) and Beethoven’s Eroica. With Gozo enjoying beautiful weather (barring one very windy day) it was an inspiring visit for all of us.