Saturday 25 March 1972


Born: September 7th, 1931, Ħamrun (Malta)
Died: January 3rd, 2009, Naxxar (Malta)
Nationality: Maltese

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


In 1949, Charles Camilleri moved with his father and the rest of his family to Australia; before that, he had already started music studies and aged twelve, he had performed as an accordion soloist with a forty-man orchestra. In the 1950s, Camilleri was one of the world’s most beloved accordionists. During his professional life, Camilleri lived in different countries: Canada, Great Britain, and the USA. He became an internationally acclaimed composer of classical works, including the ‘Malta Suite’ and the oratorio ‘Pawla ta’ Malta’; he also wrote entire operas in the Maltese language. His piano piece ‘Cantilena’ is part of the Grade 5 Trinity Guildhall Syllabus for piano students.


In 1972, Charles Camilleri composed the second Maltese entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘L-imħabba’, sung by Helen & Joseph. The lyrics were by Albert Cassola. Camilleri himself conducted the BBC Orchestra in Edinburgh during the rendition of this Maltese entry. Like the year before, Malta came last.


Country – Malta
Song title – "L-imħabba"
Rendition – Helen Micallef & Joseph Cutajar
Lyrics – Albert Cassola
Composition – Charles Camilleri
Studio arrangement – Pete Moore
Live orchestration – Pete Moore
Conductor – Charles Camilleri
Score – 18th place (48 votes)

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