Over the past twenty years, Alan Chircop directed several international orchestras and appeared in various theatres, concert halls and festivals in many different countries. Among others, he has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Central Hall in London, the London Concert Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic – National Orchestra of Bulgaria, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Macedonia, the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, L’Orchestra Citta’ di Ravenna and L’Orchestra Sinfonica Duchi d’Acquaviva (Italy), the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, the Leopoli State Symphony Orchestra (Ukraine), L'Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon-Provence (France), the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Mihail Jora Philharmonic of Bacau (Romania), the Karelia State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kislovodsk - Mineralnye Vody State Symphony Orchestra and the Sochi Symphony Orchestra (Russia); the Pleven Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria); the Westsächsische Philharmonie and the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphony Orchestra Leipzig (Germany), the Camerata con Cor(d)e of Belgium and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alan Chircop’s repertoire is very wide ranging and apart from an extensive symphonic and concerto repertoire, he has directed several opera productions and contemporary music premieres.
In 1993 he obtained the Diplome de Fin d’Etudes in pianoforte with distinction at the Conservatoire Regional de Musique in Lyon (France). He pursued his studies at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Music Academy in Leipzig (Germany) obtaining two Masters Degrees: in Pianoforte under the tutorship of Prof. Christoph Taubert (1994-2001) and Orchestral Direction with Prof. Gert Bahner (1997-2003). He also followed a one-year specialization course in Orchestral Direction with Prof. Uros Lajovic at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna (Austria).
Alan Chircop was also the Founder and Principal of the Euro Academy of Music and Arts in Malta (1997-2007); Artistic Director of the Virtuoso Classics Concert Series (2003-2005); and Artistic Director of the Renaissance Cultural Foundation (2006-2008). In 2009 he was appointed Advisor to the Government of Malta for Music Education and was Principal of the Visual & Performing Arts Schools within the Ministry of Education.
He is also the Artistic Director of the European Foundation for Support of Culture and often serves as jury member of international music competitions.
London-based mezzo soprano Marvic Monreal hails from Malta.
Marvic performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Malta Philharmonic for Europe Day concert, hosted by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU 2017 in Malta and the International Spring Orchestra Festival. She also performed the alto solo in Mahler’s 2nd Symphony under the baton of international conductor Semyon Bychkov at the Royal Festival Hall (London), and was part of the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project 2017, where she debuted with Pisana in Verdi’s I due Foscari alongside Placido Domingo and Joseph Calleja. Marvic also sang with Sir Bryn Terfel in Malta at Joseph Calleja’s annual summer concert. Marvic was a participant of the Georg Solti Accademia in summer 2018.
She started her opera and classical music training under the supervision of soprano Gillian Zammit. At the age of fifteen, she joined the University of Malta Junior College Orchestra. It was here where she was introduced to a classical and sacred repertoire and was given the opportunity to perform in various local concerts. Furthermore, this experience also gave her the chance to sing in concerts held at several cathedrals, concert halls and public events in Germany, Italy and France.
The building of an interesting repertoire enabled her to sing recitals in Sweden Opera Theatre and Finland Mariehamn Alandika Theatre. In 2014, Marvic enrolled on the postgraduate vocal studies programme at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), where she studied with Elizabeth Ritchie, James Baillieu, and Ingrid Surgenor. She graduated with distinction and DipRAM, and joined the Royal Academy Opera in 2016.
At the RAM, she has performed several roles in opera scenes under the direction of Simon Iorio, Chris Cowell and Luke Gaspar and the musical direction of Gareth Hancock. She also took part in Royal Academy Opera’s production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress as a member of the chorus.
Marvic sang the role of Marthe in Charles Gounod’s Faust with Winterbourne Opera in Salisbury in July 2015. Later that same year she performed alongside the international Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja under the direction of Steven Mercurio, in his annual summer concert in Malta. She also performed the title role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Teatru Manoel in Valletta in collaboration with the Valletta 2018 Foundation in October 2015.
In 2016, Marvic joined Glyndebourne Festival Opera as a Jerwood Young Artist, she also covered the role of Dog in LeošJanáček's The Cunning Little Vixen and Hippolyta in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
On the Royal Academy Opera course, Marvic has had the pleasure of performing the role of Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina, the role of Venus in Orphée aux enfers and Mrs Peachum in Die Dreigroschenoper. In opera scenes she sang La Principessa from Adriana Lecouvreur.
Marvic was awarded three prizes in her first two years at the Academy: the Edna Bradford Prize, the A M Parker Prize, and the Esther Hulbert Award, and she won the Isabel Jay Prize Competition. MarvicMonreal would like to thank the Malta Arts Scholarships, Janatha Stubbs Foundation and the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation for their continued support, she was also a Drake Calleja Scholar.