medirectalk featuring Donald Phillips and David Roberts – Liontrust Fund Partners LLP

On Thursday 10th October 2019, MeDirect held its second edition of medirectalk, a series of seminars featuring several financial experts and asset managers on market and investment opportunities. This edition of medirectalk – held at AX The Palace, Sliema – featured Donald Phillips, David Roberts, and James Bedall from Liontrust Fund Partners LLP.

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The event began with an introduction by Ray Calleja, Head of Consumer Banking at MeDirect, who highlighted the agenda and the speakers’ background within Liontrust.

Liontrust, a specialist fund management company, was launched in 1995 and has won a number of awards over the years, the latest of which is Morningstar’s Best UK Equity Fund 2019. Liontrust offers a wide variety of global funds and portfolios, one of which is the Liontrust GF High Yield Bond Fund, which is managed by Donald Phillips and Phil Milburn, with assistance from David Roberts. The fund is distributed locally through the MeDirect branch network and available on our MeDirect online platform.

During the seminar, Donald Phillips, David Roberts, and James Bedall gave an overview of the current markets and provided attendees with an update on the High Yield Bond Fund, which was launched in June 2018 by Liontrust. They also discussed what might lie ahead for the fixed income market in the future. The talk was followed by a question and answer session, where the speakers answered questions that the 120 people in attendance submitted. Drinks and canapés were served to conclude the evening.

You can watch the second edition of medirectalk featuring Donald Phillips, David Roberts, and James Bedall here.

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The information given during this seminar is being provided by Liontrust Fund Partners LLP. The information contained in this talk is for general information purposes only and is neither intended to provide legal or other professional advice nor does it commit MeDirect Bank (Malta) plc to any obligation whatsoever. The information available during the seminar is not intended to be a suggestion, recommendation or solicitation to buy, hold or sell, any securities and is not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness. The financial instruments discussed may not be suitable for all investors and investors must make their own informed decisions and seek their own advice regarding the appropriateness of investing in financial instruments or implementing strategies discussed herein.

Strauss for Two Pianos

On the 26th of October Teatru Manoel presents Strauss for Two Pianos, a magical night of music commemorating works by Richard Strauss, a leading composer of the late romantic and early modern eras. A concert that is being held on the 70th anniversary of his death, is a unique opportunity to listen to his magnificent orchestral pieces arranged for Two Pianos. Being the prodigy that he was, Richard Strauss began composing at the tender age of only six years old back in 1870 and continued to compose until his death, almost eighty years later.

His works will be played by no other than Premju ghall-Arti International Achievement Award Winner (2018) Charlene Farrugia and International Greek Pianist, Vassilis Varvaresos. Charlene Farrugia has been described, ‘as one of the most prominent performers of the younger generation’ making her debut with The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of just thirteen years old, making her the youngest soloist to ever accompany The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Vassilis Varvaresos, on the other hand was the First Prize winner of the YCA International Audition at the age of 14 with his recitals debuting in New York and Washington with the headline from The Washington post referring to Vassilis as a ‘Young Master on the Rise’. Vassilis, a versatile musician, has composed for ten films and several television series.

The recital on the 26th of October, will explore Richard Strauss’ symphonic works also referred to as tone poems; musical pieces that illustrate the content of a poem, short story, novel, painting, landscape or other written works of a non-musical nature. Vassilis and Farrugia will be taking on Strauss’ first symphonic poem based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The piece was written to resemble a sonata which went through many revisions till it got to its final version, reflecting the struggle he faced at the time which was balancing narrative content with musical form.

Another featured piece will be the iconic Also Sprach Zarathustra, one of the most recognizable musical experts in history. Inspired by philosopher Fredrich Nietzsche, who was still alive at the time, the infamous composition comes to life based on Nietzche’s novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None.

The misadventures and pranks of a German peasant come into play in Farrugia and Vassilis’ interpretation of Till Eulenspiegel. The music portrays the protagonist Till as he rides through the market on a horse upsetting the goods whilst flirting with girls, mocking serious academics and poking fun at the strict clergy.

The Waltz from Der Rosenkavalier, from one of Strauss’ more (unusually) political pieces will also be featured on the night. Der Rosenkavalier, which translates to The Knight of the Rose or also referred to The Rose Bearer, is a comic Opera in three acts that follows the story of Marschallin The Aristocrat, Count Octavian Rofrano – her young lover, her brutish cousin Baron Ochs and Och’s prospective fiancée Sophie von Faninal the daughter of a rich bourgeois.

The mastery of Richard Strauss’s work combined with the perfectionism and heart that Farrugia and Vassilis bring as performers, promises to make Richard Strauss for Two Pianos a truly unforgettable night of musical brilliance.

The concert will be held on the 26th October at Teatru Manoel on the Main Stage starting at 8pm. Tickets may be obtained from the Teatru Manoel website  or by calling on 21246389.

MeDirect is proud to support Teatru Manoel. 


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