Every year since 1990, Toyota has been promoting classical music to raise funds for charities all throughout Asia. And this year, The Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra from London’s world renowned Opera House, together with highly-acclaimed Violinist and Artistic Director, Vasko Vassilev, Singapore-born pianist, composer and arranger, Pamela Tan-Nicholson, were chosen for this cause. This will be Toyota’s 25th year of celebrating “Music that Moves Lives”.

Last November 6, I was given the opportunity to experience their concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippine’s Main Theater. Audiences of a variety of ages were present and almost all of the seats were occupied that night. All throughout, it was an overwhelming presence of music that was entirely different, and more pleasant, when listening to live than when hearing it played on our audio devices. The orchestra played pieces that were unfamiliar  (to me) and the lead soloists performed with a gracefulness I really envied. They also gave an encore of a piece I didn’t recognize.

All proceeds will benefit Plan International, a child-centered humanitarian organisation, to fund the rehabilitation and equipping of schools damaged by Typhoon Yolanda.

This concert was one of many firsts for me and definitely an experience I have come to enjoy and wouldn’t mind repeating, given the chance.



For more information about this concert for a cause and their scheduled performances, you could visit their website:


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Cathreen June Trigo

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