Musica Sinfonietta– Born of Penang’s Cultural Bosom

loading Dr Andrew Filmer conducting in the "Big Bang!" 2014 camp concert.

For a small city to have one functioning orchestra is a proud enough feat. Penang now has three. This is the story of how the third one came into being.

It was over 30 years ago when June Ong and Lo Mei Yoke first crossed paths. Pursuing post-Grade 8 studies with noted Penang piano teacher Joe Emuang, the duo knew each another in passing.

When the Festival Chamber Orchestra was formed in the mid-1980s, later changing its name to the Penang State Youth Orchestra and then the Penang State Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Pessoc), both of them were in it – Mei Yoke, as leader of the orchestra, and June, starting first as a soprano in the choir and then later joining the orchestra on the clarinet and oboe.

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