Saturday, 30 April 1994


Born: September 4th, 1929, Ħamrun (Malta)
Died: March 28th, 2006, Santa Venera (Malta)
Nationality: Maltese

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


Anthony ‘Twanny’ Chircop, brother to tenor and film star Oreste Kirkop (who performed in England extensively), was a violist who later became one of Malta’s most active band and orchestra arrangers. His orchestrations were played by the Stella Maris Band in Sliema and many others. Chircop taught arranging at the School of Music in Valletta.


Anthony Chircop conducted the first-ever Maltese entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Marija l-Maltija’ by Joe Grech, in 1971 in Dublin; the song came last. He got his revenge twenty-three years later, in 1994, when he returned to Dublin as the conductor of ‘More Than Love’ (written and sung by Chris & Moira), which reached a fifth place in that year’s festival.


1971 Dublin
Country – Malta
Song title  "Marija l-Maltija"
Rendition – Joe Grech
Lyrics – Charles Mifsud
Composition – Joe Grech
Studio arrangement – Anthony Chircop
Live orchestration – Anthony Chircop
Conductor – Anthony Chircop
Score – 18th place (52 votes)

1994 Dublin
Country – Malta
Song title – "More Than Love"
Rendition – Moira Stafrace & Chris Scicluna
Lyrics – Moira Stafrace
Composition – Christopher Scicluna
Studio arrangement – Vince Tempera
Live orchestration – Vince Tempera
Conductor – Anthony Chircop
Score – 5th place (97 votes)

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