For its second term, Teatru Manoel’s Toi Toi Education Programme will once again be supported by the ADRC Trust.
The ADRC Trust was established by the Chalmers family in memory of their son and brother Alistair David Robert Chalmers, who passed away at the age of 31 in 2012. The ADRC Trust seeks to support causes that were important to Alistair – encouraging talent in the young, Hispanic Studies, the visual and performing arts, and the heritage and environment of Malta and Scotland.
The Board of Protectors of the Trust identified Teatru Manoel as a beneficiary in its efforts to make music (classical and otherwise) more accessible to young children, and to encourage young talent in the performing arts. Over the last few years, Teatru Manoel’s education programme Toi Toi has grown substantially, with different areas varying from musical shows for children, as well as the Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre and Teatru Manoel Youth Opera. The success of the latter groups has been proven by their productions both locally and abroad.
Dr. Michael Grech, Chairman of Teatru Manoel, expressed his gratitude to the Chalmers family for their generous support, and highlighted the significance of such patronage. He added how vital this is for the expansion of cultural education and outreach which the Manoel is continually striving to develop. Ray Attard, CEO of Teatru Manoel, added his thanks to the ADRC Trust and continued to emphasise the importance of external partnerships which are essential for Teatru Manoel to fulfill its mandate as the country’s national theatre.
The agreement was signed by The ADRC Trustees Roderick and Mary Rose Chalmers, Alistair’s parents, in the presence of their son Nick and his wife Julie, and for Teatru Manoel by Michael Grech, Ray Attard, Kenneth Zammit Tabona and Arts Education Consultant Rosetta Debattista, who runs the Toi Toi Education Programme.