A Symphony for Singapore by The Peak

October 23, 2018 | Highlights, In The News

At its second annual fundraiser, the Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise unveils a slew of ambitious projects.

Up to now, music celebrating Singapore is generally known to be National Day anthems, but Michael Tay, the founder of arts charity Foundation for the Arts and Social Enterprise, has grander plans for the aural homage to the city-state’s achievements. The piece will be a full scale symphony, performed and distributed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra on its LPO label. Tay had commissioned Utopia from Russian composer Vladimir Martynov in 2005, when he was in Russia as Singapore’s ambassador. The recording will give the symphony new lease of life, at a time when Singapore’s standing in the world is undisputed.

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