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Michael Tay of Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise on ‘Utopia’ by Robb Report

January 21, 2021 | Highlights, In The News, UTOPIA Symphony

Utopia is the first symphony inspired by a country that the London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded. Meet the man who made it possible

For many, utopia is understood as a place of ideal perfection, especially in laws and social conditions. But for Michael Tay, founder of arts charity Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise, utopia holds a different meaning altogether – rather than an endpoint, Tay sees utopia as a state of becoming. It’s important to realise that the journey, after all, is more important than the destination, Tay says. To musically illustrate this principle, some 17 years back, Tay commissioned the recording of a symphony to the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), when he was Singapore’s ambassador to Moscow.


S’pore conductor Wong Kah Chun to usher in new year with Bamberg Symphony

On New Year’s Eve, Singaporean conductor Wong Kah Chun will take the stage with the Bamberg Symphony in Germany to lead it in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This year’s concert is an initiative by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, in partnership with the Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise in Singapore and the Bamberg Symphony, with The Straits Times as media partner.