Penang Philharmonic -Giving A Face to The City

By Jeffrey Hardy Quah

January 2012 FEATURE
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In 2010, Woon Wen Kin was given a difficult task: take over the reins of amateur orchestra Penang Philharmonic (then known as the Penang State Symphony Orchestra and Chorus or Pessoc) and turn it into a respectable outfit. It’s a tall order for any new orchestra, much less one operating in Penang on a shoestring budget. But Woon is nothing if not ambitious.“We want the Penang Philharmonic to be developed into an internationally recognised orchestra,” he said.“We want it to...

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Jeffrey Hardy Quah

is a freelance writer and editor.