According to legend and the Bible, the people of Naxxar were amongst the first to help the shipwrecked, including Saint Paul, when the ship he was on went aground on the rocks
The Naxxar parish church was one of the ten parishes found to be existing by Bishop De Mello in 1436 and the villages of Mosta and Għargħur were subject to it. De Mello listed it as one of the ten parishes of Malta and it was the first parish dedicated to Our Lady after that of the old cathedral in Mdina.
The present church was built between 1616 and 1630 when there were 1200 inhabitants in Naxxar and it was felt that a larger church was needed. The design was made by Tumas Dingli, one of the best architects of the time. The church also has two transepts and a nave and is 130 feet (40 m) long. The width of the transept is 94 feet (29 m) and the nave 30 feet (9.1 m)
In 1775, Sicilian organbuilder Santucci completed a one manual organ for the parish church of Naxxar. After many repairs by various organbuilders the organ was rebuilt in 1899 by Giuseppe Bergomi of Brescia, Italy. Bergomi completely redesigned the organ. Thus, the organ's functionality improved somewhat, but lost its Sicilian-Baroque character.
The historically credible, professional restoration was performed by Robert Buhagiar in 2001, restoring the original character of the organ.
Dr. Mark Bugeja MD recorded the organ in 2012. The 2-channel stereo recording is made close to the organ, with Rode NT5 microphones in the afternoon period. This recording is part of a project presenting Maltese historic organs from which Balzan and Fontana organs were made by M. Bugeja and Panos K. Ghekas. This work was interrupted by Panos's death in 2015.
I was commissioned in spring 2019 to process raw recordings and make a Hauptwerk sample set. According to the request, I made not only the semidry stereo sample, but I also made a wet and 4 channel surround version using the impulse-response file of the temple.
Special thanks to Gérard Lefranc and Dominique Dantand. They continually supported my work and effective assistance provided to all phases of making of sample set. The artistic audiodemos created Dominique Dantand and István Nagy.