Bernice Sammut Attard the Maltese participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 has begun her final week of rehearsals in Malta.
This years Maltese Eurovision Young Musicians participant is a week away from their departure for the host city of Edinburgh. Bernice Sammut Attard is in the final week of rehearsals for the contest, spending at least 3 hours per day practicing the compositions she will be performing;
I get my music book and try and study it, even away from the piano. Certain pieces are more difficult than others, and I try and practice them slowly; I look at a whole piece in complete format, and see how it is joined up
Bernice had previously dreamed of taking part in Eurovision Young Musicians adding;
Ever since Malta started taking part in this festival, I had always wanted to take part one day. I had attended the festival with friends two years ago, and I remember saying to myself that I would be taking part in two years’ time.
Malta will be opening this years competition, with Bernice performing first in the first semi-final. She will be playing;
- Poulenc – Toccata from Trois pièces
- Rachmaninov – Prelude in C minor, Op. 23 No. 7; Prelude in G sharp minor Op. 32 No. 12
- Chopin – Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
The semi-finals are split in to six shows spread over two days. In each of the six shows, three musicians will be performing for a total of 18 minutes each. The semi-final allocation and the compositions that they will perform are as follows. After the semi-finals six young musicians will be selected to perform in the final on August 23.
Albania will make their Eurovision Young Musicians debut in this year’s contest. Seven countries will make their return to the contest. These are Belgium (last participated in 2006), Estonia (2004), Greece (2014), Israel (1986), Russia (2010), Spain (2002) and the host nation, the United Kingdom (2010). Austria, who is the most successful country in the contest with five wins, will not take part for the first time since 1982.
Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.