Is Not a Destination.
Is Not a State of Being.
Is a State of Becoming.
One Million Towards UTOPIA is a movement incubated by the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise. It is a state of striving together to better ourselves, to better the lives of people around us. Beginning as a symphony inspired by the island republic of Singapore, the UTOPIA movement brings together a local and international collective of musicians, artists, painters, businesses, community groups and everyday people to rethink what it truly means to live in happiness. The arts is a creative impulse that can make life better. It’s an idea that doesn’t live just in our heads, but thrives in our hearts. The arts is in all of us.
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“The timing of the One Million Towards UTOPIA launch is serendipitous as COVID-19 has deprived many of us of jobs, travel and social interactions. It has forced us to redefine the meaning of life achievements. It is meant to give us hope for a better future.”
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An excerpt from Dr. Chang Tou Liang’s review from his classical music blog – pianomania. Russian composer Vladimir Martynov’s Utopia Symphony began as a commission in 2004 by Michael Tay, then-ambassador of Singapore to the Russian Federation.
The renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) and London Philharmonic Choir have recorded and released a symphony inspired by Singapore. Commissioned by former Singapore Ambassador to Russia, Michael Tay, and composed by renowned
Michael Tay, Founder of the Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise, shares his vision and the journey that paved the way for the first country-inspired symphony to be recorded and released by the London Philharmonic Orchestra on CNA’s Singapore Tonight.
Made at Abbey Road last year in the presence of the composer, this is the world premiere recording of Martynov’s Utopia Symphony, which began life in 2005 as Singapore: A Geopolitical Utopia and sets text adapted from passages of the Tao Te Ching; the orchestra have history with the Russian composer’s music, having premiered his Dante-inspired opera-oratorio Vita Nuova in 2009.
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We are proud to work with organizations and companies that share our vision to bring Singapore artists to the global stage. To this end, The Foundation’s partners provide crucial funding, awareness, and resources to further our mission in support of a vibrant arts ecosystem. Whether it’s collaborating with us on content, helping to spread the word, or committing dollars to further showcase the arts as a win-win bridge between business and the community, The Foundation partners are an essential part of our ongoing work. With their help and commitment, we are making strides towards achieving One Million Towards UTOPIA.
The Ascott Limited • Donemus Publishing • GEE Global • KREAB • LASALLE College of the Arts • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Metropolitan Festival Orchestra • National Library Board • People’s Association • Sberbank • Singapore Global Network/EDB • Singapore Tourism Board • Symphonia Choralis
London Philharmonic Orchestra Records UTOPIA Symphony at the Iconic Abbey Roads Studios. Find Out More →
UTOPIA Symphony is inspired by the island republic. The vision is to bring the symphony to the global stage to become a universal work for the annals of music history. On November 13, 2020, the recording was released by the world-renowned London Philharmonic Orchestra’s classical music label for international release on all major digital platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, and Primephonic, as well as in a CD format on Amazon Music. And this is just the beginning.