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At the beginning of May, Firelight had the opportunity to represent Malta in the Eurovision Song Contest where they reached the final stage of the competition, finishing in twenty-third place with their entry 'Coming Home'. This evening, Malta will be represented in the Eurovision Young Musicians for the very first time at the talented hands of virtuoso Kurt Aquilina who will be playing the guitar in a performance up to five minutes.

Earlier this week, Kurt gave his first performance during a pre-round performance in front of the panel of professional judges made up of; Clemens Hellsberg, Markus Pawlik, Carol McGonnell, Maurice Steger and Uros Lajovic from Austria, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and Slovenia. Kurt Aquilina will be playing the momentous tune "Air on G String" by Bach. TVM will be airing the Eurovision Young Musicians on TVM at a slightly delayed time, kicking-off at 20:45 CET. We urge you to watch the show. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.


As the curtain came down on yet another edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, the local music scene might have forgotten that apart from preparing for a mass of local competitions such as the Summer Hit Song Contest, Konkors Kanzunetta Indipendenza and the International Festival of Maltese Song, the country will be partaking in the Eurovision Young Musicians, set to take place on the 31st May in Cologne, Germany.

Kurt Aquilina, an 18 year old guitarist from Malta has been given the opportunity to be the first artist from the Mediterranean Country to grace the stage, as he plays the guitar in both the semi-final and the final, the latter of which will be televised on TVM 2. Other participating countries will be; Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, and Sweden. Malta will be one of two countries whose instrument will be the guitar, with other nations presenting the cello, the piano, the viola, the violin, the recorder, and the accordion. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: Eurovision Young Musicians



The Public Broadcasting Services, a member of the European Broadcasting Union has decided to reiterate a national stance towards supporting local talent as seen with a return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, leading to the nations' first international success, and now also a debut in the Eurovision Young Musicians. The event held every other year will be staged in Cologne, Germany with the participation of no less than fourteen countries.

In a Press Release issued on the Official Website of the Public Broadcasting Services, it was revealed that Kurt Aquilina has been selected as the first representative on behalf of Malta. He is known to have a broad knowledge in playing both the classical and the electric guitar, having also managed to get a grasp on playing jazz music in the past twelve months. The Eurovision Young Musicians will be broadcast on Television Malta, LIVE on the 31st May 2014. We would like to urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: PBS / TVM


Wednesday, 08 January 2014 13:01

MEYM '14: Submission Process for National Final

In 2014, the Public Broadcasting Services, as a member of the European Broadcasting Union, will be making its debut in the Eurovision Young Musicians, a competition for musicians that are nineteen (19) years old or younger, which is held every two (2) years. Whilst an internal selection looked to be plausible, the broadcaster has decided to hold a national final in order to select Malta’s representative, something that is considered to be democratic and justifies the all-round talent that the country is known to possess.

Applications for the Malta Eurovision Young Musicians should include a copy of one’s Curriculum Vitae, with related information in classical music theory and so forth, a CD containing a music piece of personal preference played with any instrument and the music sheet for that respective piece and instrument. The Public Broadcasting Services will be receiving submissions on the 31st January 2014 at their offices in Gwardamangia between 09:00 and 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 CET. This is a brilliant opportunity to showcase the talent that Malta can offer with its vast selection of musicians.

This years’ edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians is being held in Cologne, Germany and will comprise of a semi-final and a final stage, the latter of which will be televised. The Malta Eurovision Young Musicians on the other hand might be televised or not pertaining to the scheduling of the broadcaster but nevertheless will be professional in deliberation as artists within the field will be asked to act as the jury in both phases of the competition. A full copy of the regulations may be obtained on the official website of the Public Broadcasting Services. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services


Published in Local Music News

Anton Attard, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Broadcasting Services and also Head of Delegation on behalf of Malta at events organised by the European Broadcasting Union made a guest phone call during the popular Friday night programme, Xarabank to discuss the nations' success at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Whilst speaking, he announced that Malta is also set to debut in another event organised by the European Broadcasting Union, that being the Eurovision Young Musicians, an event which takes place every other year.

The debut will take place next year, as the event is organised in Cologne, Germany. In similar fashion to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the winner of the previous edition is not entitled to the right to host the event with a bid process taking place in order to host the prestigious event. The past four editions took place in Vienna, Austria but nevertheless, the event is moving to Germany for the very first time since 2002, when Malta had found success at the Song Contest with 7th Wonder by Ira Losco. The competitions' rules are simple with musicians being eighteen (18) or younger eligible to participate. A semi-final round takes place first with an international panel of professional judges selecting the best seven (7) artists who would make it to the grand final. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news.

Source: Public Broadcasting Services (Anton Attard)