A symphony of joy and beauty at the Gardens

Mr Wong Kah Chun conducting the orchestra in its performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, complete with its rousing finale, to applause from the crowd at the Botanic Gardens yesterday
Mr Wong Kah Chun conducting the orchestra in its performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, complete with its rousing finale, to applause from the crowd at the Botanic Gardens yesterdayST PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG
Mr Wong Kah Chun conducting the orchestra in its performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, complete with its rousing finale, to applause from the crowd at the Botanic Gardens yesterday
Mr Wong Kah Chun (above) conducting the orchestra in its performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, complete with its rousing finale, to applause from the crowd at the Botanic Gardens yesterdayST PHOTOS: CHONG JUN LIANG

More than 3,000 people enjoyed the joyful beauty and relentless energy of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 at the Botanic Gardens yesterday, in a performance conducted by Wong Kah Chun.

The 32-year-old is the first Singaporean and one of a handful of Asians to become chief conductor of a European orchestra - in this case the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'A symphony of joy and beauty at the Gardens'. Print Edition | Subscribe