KVWO: On a Musical Journey


The Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra which was formed in 2010 will be embarking on another musical journey again, this time to Taiwan.

 ipoh echo issue 141, Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO)According to Eugene Pook, KVWO’s Music Director their ‘journey’ began last July when they presented their ‘Around The World in 80 Minutes’ performance at a local hotel here as part of the PSPA’s Perak Performing Arts Festival 2011. After their performance there was an enquiry whether KVWO could do a performance in Penang.

Their first out-of-state performance in Penang was held in January this year. The Charity Musical Show 2012 was held in aid of the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital which raised a whopping RM88,888.

Immediately after the show, “I was approached to enquire if we could perform in Taiwan” said a smiling Pook. Hence this coming June KVWO will be travelling for their first ever international performance in Taiwan.

Their stay in Taiwan will be sponsored by the Taiwan City Council and Tamkang University. The orchestra will have two performances to help raise funds for Taiwan’s aborigine community as well as scholarships for Taiwan’s Tamkang students.

To help raise funds for their passage to Taiwan, the KVWO together with the soon-to-be launched Perak Philharmonic Orchestra and ‘Friends’ held a fund-raising performance themed ‘For The Love of Music’ at The Dome, Meru Valley Golf & Country Club on April 8.

For Pook, these ‘invites’ are aligned with the orchestra’s aspiration which is “to put Ipoh/Kinta Valley on the world map” but more so to “give the orchestra’s student musicians an opportunity on an international stage and participate in an exchange programme”.

Considering that the orchestra is just two years old and has been invited to perform twice within 12 months, is an excellent recognition of the orchestras’ talents. However, Pook humbly shrugged off the statement preferring to thank their main sponsor KL Kepong Group and also The Haven and MVGCC for their continuous support of this community orchestra.