A royal treat for European audiences


BRUSSELS, Sept 28 – Belgian and Thai audiences voiced compliments on a concert of royal compositions by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej held at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles in this capital city last night.

The Bangkok Pro Musica, one of Thailand’s talented orchestras, was on the third leg of a four-capital musical performance tour in Europe, beginning with London and the Hague before ending in Berlin tomorrow.

The musical event, jointly organised by Thailand’s ministries of culture and foreign affairs, is to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday.

The Bangkok Pro Musica was formed in 1958 as a string quartet and later expanded into an orchestra. After sinking into oblivion for decades, the orchestra was recently revived with ML Usni Pramoj as conductor and Tasana Nagavajara as manager. Both are noted Thai violinists.

More than 300 people were entertained by 17 royal compositions in Thursday’s concert at the invitation of the Thai embassy in Brussels.