Penang Philharmonic was established in 2008 where dedicated music students combine to perform challenging repertoire. The orchestra strives to build a community that enhances the standard of classical music in Penang. Supported by the State Government, the orchestra today is 80 strong, while the choruses are 100 strong. The orchestra rehearses weekly and performs a diverse selection of repertoire drawn from over 350 years of symphonic literature. Each year PPO performs about three to four main concerts that feature visiting conductors of high caliber. As well as many smaller chamber performances. PPO is an outlet for Penang’s musically gifted to continue to cultivate their devotion to their art. In addition to ticket sales, PPO rely on the support and generosity of our audience, volunteers, and community partners to ensure that we have the financial resources to present artistically excellent concerts.
Datin Seri Irene Yeap
Our vision for Penang Philharmonic is to make music accessible to all and not exclusively to a small pool of elite people. We aspire to expand this music network within Penang through Education and Exposure. Penang Philharmonic is already attracting interested international parties to assist us in this quest for musical excellence. And we would like more and more musicians to define themselves in this light of service to the State to make Penang an International City in line with the Chief Minister's call, after all, "The Orchestra is but the Face of the City!”
As the rebranding exercise commences, we are eager to introduce diverse forms of music and Outreach Programs. We have successfully performed two major concerts recently. Our congratulations go to the Musicians, Choral members and Conductors. You make us proud!
Finally, let's put aside our differences, band together for a stronger and better music machine to move forward, for Penang.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Datin Seri Irene Yeap
Ms. Agnes James
Mr. Chia Loong Thye
Dato' Danny Goon
Dr. Francis Tan Seow Kee
Ms. Audrey Ho
Stay tuned as we are preparing for 2024.
Meanwhile, enjoy some videos of our past 2023 concerts