Utopia is the first symphony inspired by a country that the London Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded. Meet the man who made it possible.
For many, utopia is understood as a place of ideal perfection, especially in laws and social conditions. But for Michael Tay, founder of arts charity Foundation for The Arts and Social Enterprise, utopia holds a different meaning altogether – rather than an endpoint, Tay sees utopia as a state of becoming. It’s important to realise that the journey, after all, is more important than the destination, Tay says. To musically illustrate this principle, some 17 years back, Tay commissioned the recording of a symphony to the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), when he was Singapore’s ambassador to Moscow.