Anthony "Twanny" Chircop

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

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.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Anthony Chircop will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1971: Marija l-Maltija
1994: More than love