To celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's musical talents, Boon Rawd Brewery and Singha Corporation recently joined forces to organise the "Pro Musica Junior Concert" at the Thewarat Sapharom Hall, Phaya Thai Palace Bangkok. The ensemble performed under the baton of Privy Councillor H.E. Admiral M.L. Usni Pramoj.
Boon Rawd Brewery Co., Ltd. and Singha Corporation Co., Ltd. jointly sponsored a music training project called "Pro Musica Junior Camp" that brought together talented youths lacking the opportunity to train in classical music. A total of 20 young musicians from the provinces were selected to take part in the music training camp where they studied His Majesty the king's royal compositions in preparation for a formal concert together with Pro Musica Ensemble. Held in Bangkok, the camp was facilitated by the music industry’s leading professors including Dr Tasana Nagavajara, the camp's director, Kittikhun Sodprasert and David Abrahamyan of the Faculty of Music, Silpakorn University.
Vapee Bhirombhakdi, vice chairman of Boon Rawd Brewery, said the Pro Musica Junior Camp was inspired by the king's musical prowess, something that other musicians should emulate in order to develop their musical skills to their utmost potential.
"Talented youth from different parts of the kingdom were selected to join the music camp as representatives of Thai youngsters. In the camp, they had the opportunity to perfect their performance skills and musicality with well known music instructors from Silpakorn University. The goal of the project is to provide talented Thai youth with proper training in classical music through the use of 16 royal compositions arranged by Privy Councillor H.E. Admiral M.L. Usni Pramoj.
Privy Councillor H.E. Admiral M.L. Usni Pramoj conducted the Pro Musica Junior ensemble in the concert that featured 16 royal compositions: "Phandin Khong Rao" ("Alexandra"), "Arthit Absaeng" ("Blue Day"), "Khamwan" ("Sweet Words"), “Yam Kham" ("Twilight"), "Kham Laew" ("Lullaby"), "Klai Roong" ("Near Dawn"), "Ratchanawikayothin" ("Royal Marines March"), "Lom Nao" ("Love in Spring"), "Waew" ("Echo"), "Rai Chan Rai Duen" ("No Moon"), "Nai Duang Jai Niran" ("Still On My Mind"), "Koh Nai Fun" ("Dream Island"), "Piromrak" ("A Love Story"), "Tuen Jai" ("Old Fashioned Melody"), "Sang Duen" ("Magic Beams") and "Can't You Ever See".
Dr Tasana Nagavajara, Thailand's leading violinist and director of the music camp, said: "Last August, we travelled to all regions to find 150 talented youngsters for our activities: 25 from Tak, 15 from Chiang Mai, 30 from Songkhla and 80 from Mahasarakham. We held a workshop to test their musicality and dole out technical advice. After that they had one month to perfect their skills before we met again to assess their progress. Finally, we were able to select 20 who were the cream of the crop to undergo one-week intensive training in the music camp held in Bangkok in October," said Dr Tasana.
Turning out to be a memorable evening, the Pro Musica Junior Concert highly impressed the audience with its vibrant and full of energy performance. After the concert, Privy Councillor H.E. Admiral M.L. Usni Pramoj also presented certificates upon successful completion of ProMusica Junior Camp to the 20 musicians of the Pro MusicaJunior ensemble.
The Pro Musica Junior Camp was part of a celebration of HM the King’s great musical talents titled "Kitaracha" that featured a series of musical activities sponsored by Boon Rawd Brewery and Singha Corporation. While seeking to promote royal compositions among new-generation Thais, Kitaracha Project is also a tribute celebrating the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King being awarded an Honorary Membership No. 23 of the Institute of Music and Arts of the City of Vienna in Austria in 1964.