The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra engages in a range of educational projects which aim to enlighten and empower young musicians and new audiences by engaging them with the vibrancy and drama of classical music.
Each season the orchestra produces a series of Fanfare Concerts, for both school groups and families. Combining music with additional elements such as dance, animation, or theatre, these short interactive orchestra concerts are an excellent introduction to symphonic scale music.
The 2019 edition of the Family Fanfare concert presented mysteries and stories which fascinate children and adults alike. The MPO explored a dark musicl world in an interactive concert conducted by Robert Hodge and narrated by Maxine Aquilina.
Listen once again to the pieces performed whilst reading through our Guide Pack – a perfect way to re-kindle the spirit of Mystery and Magic!
MPO Schools Listening Guide Pack
Other educational projects the orchestra has initiated include, a series of composition and improvisation workshops for young musicians in February 2016. These workshops culminated in a brand new, site-specific performance of a piece composed and performed by young Maltese musicians in collaboration with MPO musicians in the House of Parliament in Valletta.
Għanjiet tal-Milied is an educational initiative aimed to liven up classrooms with Christmas Spirit!
This innovative project, rooted in the MPO’s mission to promote culture and arts, is intended for all children attending primary schools around the Maltese Islands, giving teachers and students access to several Christmas Carols in Maltese. Under the artistic direction of Daniel Cauchi, these traditional carols are being re-created and recorded by the MPO with lyrics penned by renowned Maltese authors, with the intention of brining children closer to both classical music and our native language.
Furthermore, this venture aims to instigate children’s creativity by encouraging teachers and schools to produce small projects with these carols whilst adhering to health guidelines, through a readily available online kit. This includes the recorded tracks (in sing-along and full versions) as well as a number of engaging opportunities for children to relate to music, through the use of animations and illustrations, games and trivia as well as a carol presented in sign language, promoting Malta’s official third language.
Schools are invited to send videos of the activities organized to be shared on the MPO’s digital media platforms.