The language of music

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The language of music

 MELODIOUS The members of Thailand Sanctuary Symphony.It was packed to the hilt with people elbowing their way to get a glimpse of the performers.

The orchestra consisted of amateur and professional musicians drawn from various churches and orchestras in Bangkok. It was conducted by Aj Pichet Waitrakul and accompanied by soprano Duangdao Chayasirisobhon and baritone Mongkol Chayasirisobhon.

 The choristers of the William Joseph Music Foundation synchronised perfectly with the orchestra. The evening began with a the song Like a Sunflower by the choir. This was followed by the popular piece Let there be peace. Next was a combined song Love in Spring sung by Mongkol Chayasirisobhon, the choir and the orchestra. This was truly special as the three sounded like one voice with nothing, not even a note out of place. 

Soloist Sunil Paulraj sung Puccini's Nessun Dorma from Turnadot. The choir sung a good mix of popular numbers and a few songs that were exclusive to Thailand. They performed classical works of Handel, Bach and Mozart.

The classical slot included Handel's Honour and Arms sung by Mongkol Chayasirisobhon, accompanied by the orchestra. Mozart's La ci darem sung by Mongkol Chayasirisobhon, Duangdao Chayasirisobhon assisted by the orchestra. The popular numbers were Don't Cry for me Argentina from Evita, Anthem from Chess and The Prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.

Christmas is not far off and the performers didn’t lose a chance to ring in the Christmas spirit among the audience. They sung Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, popular Christmas carols like In the Bleak Mid Winter God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, O Come O Come The First Noel O Holy Night. The performance drew to an end with Silent Night.

The audience had a good mix of professional musicians, lovers of Western classical music and people who had just come to unwind for the weekend. Talking of his experience, Dr Ashley William of the William Joseph Music Foundation said, “We may not speak the same language but the language of music and the arts came through smoothly. Their musicianship, professionalism and rehearsal ethics are something to learn from.”

Cecil Dewars, a lover of Western classical music, was impressed with the global touch of the concert.

“There were people from different countries but they sang the same music and understood each other. The harmony was perfect,” Cecil said.

Kavitha Srinivasan said that she found the first half of classical compositions too heavy but she thoroughly enjoyed the second half which had popular Christmas carols.

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