Uplifting Classical Recitals
Laguna Phuket, the premier destination resort spanning 1,000 acres of parkland and beachfront on Phuket’s west coast, is helping to bring world-class art and culture back to Thailand. With Covid-19 precautions in place, the stage was set for Siam Sinfonietta, the acclaimed youth orchestra, to brighten up the year under the leadership of Thailand’s musical Maestro Somtow Sucharitkul with a series of uplifting classical recitals.
Having collected their “2021 Spirit of Cinema Award” at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany, Siam Sinfonietta returned to Thailand last month via the Phuket Sandbox. Choosing to stay at Angsana Laguna Phuket, the orchestra’s founder and composer, Somtow Sucharitkul, partnered with Laguna Phuket to perform a series of events on the island.
The action started with the Thailand premiere of their award-winning movie The Maestro: A Symphony of Terror on 25th September. The exclusive movie screening took place at the Lagoon Deck, Banyan Tree Phuket, where the al fresco meeting space was transformed into a movie theatre for the evening.
Keen to connect with the local community, the orchestra joined the Laguna Phuket CSR team to visit Cherntalay Shrine, where they learned about the history of the famous Phuket Vegetarian Festival and donated survival packs to local people affected by Covid-19.
To support the growth of talented young Thai musicians, maestro Somtow conducted a Facebook Live session from the Laguna Phuket Wedding Chapel, guiding viewers through a one-hour introduction to the symphony orchestra. You can watch the full live recording here.
Then on Thursday 30th September, the orchestra held their first-ever performance in Phuket, with a sold-out event entitled “A Night to Remember” at Angsana Convention and Exhibition Space (ACES).
The musicians continued to bring joy to the Phuket community with their final public performance, “Siam Sinfonietta Live at Central Phuket”, which was held on Sunday 3rd October at the central atrium of Central Phuket Floresta. In collaboration with Laguna Phuket, lucky shoppers were able to enjoy the one-hour performance and take advantage of special hotel promotions.
“It has been an incredible two-week visit and we are thankful to Phuket province for their Sandbox programme, and to Laguna Phuket for their wonderful hospitality. We are delighted to have made our return to Thailand so productive and rewarding, we hope our music has spread some good feeling to the Phuket community during this challenging time,” said maestro Somtow.
With seven spectacular, SHA Plus-certified resorts, plus a wide range of restaurants, bars, spas, boutique shops, water sports and the award-winning 18-hole Laguna Golf Phuket, all nestled in a landscape of sparkling lagoons and verdant parkland with a 3km stretch of pristine beach at Bangtao Bay, Laguna Phuket is the ideal destination for a Sandbox vacation. An onsite Covid-19 PCR test centre has been created in partnership with Bangkok Hospital, enabling guests to be tested quickly and conveniently, without disrupting their holiday.
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Main image from left: Natthaporn Choowong – Madame Vice Governor, Piyapong Choowong – Vice Governor of Phuket, Somtow Sucharitkul – Founder and Composer of Siam Sinfonietta, Wikran Mongkolchan – Head of Regional Marketing (Phuket), Central Pattana Public Company Limited (CPN), Prapa Hemmin – Director of Corporate Events and Partnerships, Laguna Phuket and Paul Wilson – SAVP, Laguna Phuket.
Source: Delivering Asia.