10 May 2007 - The London Symphony Orchestra was here last week, playing for two nights in my concert hall (Dewan Filharmonik Petronas) as part of a tour of Asia. The highlights of their two concerts were performances of Mahler's Fifth Symphony, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and encores fromĀ "Star Wars". Maurice Murphy, who has played principal trumpet with the LSO for 30 years, sounded spectacular, which would be inspiring enough were it not for the fact that he is 72 years old!

14 & 16 April 2007 - I played euphonium and guitar with the Vancouver Symphony in two performances of Mahler's 7th Symphony. The euphonium (Mahler's tenor horn) plays only the first movement, and the guitar plays only the fourth (of five). The Vancouver Sun review didn't seem to notice the very prominent euphonium part, but I did get a mention for the "exotic sound of the guitar"!

26 March 2007 - The MPO performed a special concert for the Global Islamic Finance Forum, including an arrangement for euphonium and orchestra of P. Ramlee's classic Malay song "Tunggu Sekejap".

11 - 13 March 2007 - Just spent two days in Tronoh, Malaysia, working with the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, a fun and highly talented group of young Malaysian musicians. Our music camp was held on the beautiful campus of Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

11 March 2007 - Another euphonium solo appearance with the Perak Symphonic Wind Orchestra, an energetic and inspiring group of young musicians from Ipoh, Malaysia. We performed before a captive audience of about 2000 delegates to the annual meeting of the Malaysian Chinese Association.