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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.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX_Rhy9-Pn4

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzP6_ywpWIA

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq7ht3R9U8E