|Title: 25th Toyota Classics Charity Asian Tour|
|Orchestra: Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra|
|Soloists: Vasko Vassilev and Pamela Tan Nicholson|
|Location: Marina Bay Sands|
I was honoured to be invited to the one-night only Singapore concert at the 25th Anniversary Toyota Classics Charity Asian Tour. Held earlier in October, the concert took on classical music and popular movie scores, from Gone with the Wind to Mission Impossible.
It showcased the talents of the world-renowned Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra, featured the highly acclaimed Violinist and Artistic Director Vasko Vassilev, and Singapore-born pianist, composer and arranger Pamela Tan Nicholson.
The concert raised S$100,000 for the Community Chest in support of The Singapore Association for the Deaf as part of Toyota Classics’ mission to give back to the local community. The funds raised were matched one-to-one by the Singapore government under its Care & Share movement. At the same time, it featured various performances by the percussion band of the ExtraOrdinary Horizons, who actively participated in creating music with the orchestra.
I was impressed by the compassion and inclusion of the hearing-impaired people within the audience, who were given balloons to help them feel the vibrations of the music within the concert hall. The two soloists within the orchestra, violinist Vasko Vassilev and pianist Pamela Tan Nicholson had intense chemistry, which they poured into electrifying performances. The pieces that they played brimmed with energy, and I found myself breathless with anticipation to enjoy the next piece.
The orchestra definitely lived and breathed the cinematic theme of the night, regularly changing into appropriate costume sets. They made the singular activity of listening to music into an act that encompassed the contributions of the audience, even inputting some scenes that showcased the comedy of various scores.
“For the last 25 years, Toyota is honoured to be instrumental in tapping on the universal appeal of music to create a collaborative initiative that not only offers a musical treat to our audiences, but also offers the opportunity for the audience and Toyota to work together, hand in hand in giving back to society. We are thankful for the support from the audience today, making the donation possible, and look forward to many more successful concerts as the concert tour travels to Cambodia, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam,” said Hisayuki Inoue, President of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific.