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YTL's Concert of Celebration: 'Simply Awesome'

   
Tan Sri Francis Yeoh delivering his welcome speech.

Kuala Lumpur, 18 December 2005

 

The much-anticipated YTL Fiftieth Anniversary Concert of Celebration at the Sentul Park opened with a strong turnout and closed with a thrilling show of fireworks to end an evening that guests rated as “simply awesome”.

 

The company’s celebration of thanksgiving had already been underway as prelude performances were held at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) from the 13th to 16th of December, culminating with the grand outdoor concert at Sentul Park yesterday.

 

For many, the evening started at the KL Sentral station, where they boarded specially chartered KTM Komuter trains that ran every 10 minutes. Some of the excited winners of the public ballot confessed that they submitted several ballots to stand a better chance at getting tickets to the event.

 

Just as the sun set, more than 6,000 guests had arrived at the Park for the evening’s festivities. Marquees had been set up near the concert grounds and guests tucked in on the generous spread that had been laid out. 

 

The Royal Police marching band made a stirring performance near the marquees, much to the pleasure of the guests, many who took the opportunity to capture the performance even on their mobile phones.

 

YTL Corporation managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh and his family took some time to meet and greet the guests who had come for the concert. The corporate chief clearly had many fans as the guests grabbed the chance to take pictures with him.

 

Soon, it was time for the guests to take their seats. Greeting the guests was the breathtaking stage that had been designed by Baldip Singh, who also designed the stage for a YTL Concert of Celebration in Bath which showcased The Three Tenors.


   
Part of the huge turnout at the concert.

Their Majesties Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Fauziah Tengku Abdul Rashid were the guests of honour, and they were accompanied by the Yang DiPertua Negeri Melaka, Tun Khalil Yaakub and his wife Toh Puan Zurina Kassim; the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; the executive chairman of YTL Corporation Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr.) Yeoh Tiong Lay and his wife Puan Sri Tan Kai Yong; and Tan Sri Francis Yeoh.

 

Tan Sri Francis Yeoh welcomed everyone to the evening, counting the successes and challenges the company, the nation and the world has had in the past 50 years. “Fifty years ago, my father created YTL. I thank our Lord Jesus that he was blessed with the imagination and the will to do it,” he said.

 

“Looking ahead, I wish all of you the imagination and will to create what you wish to create, and I pray with a warm and passionate heart. I urge you to keep running the good race – alongside us, for we will be running too,” he said in an emotional speech before wishing guests to an enjoyable evening.

 

“I have come here, accepting an invitation from YTL, not just to enjoy the concert of celebration… but I’m here, more importantly, to congratulate wholeheartedly YTL for your fiftieth anniversary,” Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah said in his speech.


   
Russell Watson won the hearts of many with his performance.

 

“YTL today is already global. YTL has done so much for the country – together with all the other Malaysian companies, you have been successful. And YTL, I know for a fact, are members that observes and fulfils the social responsibility of management. YTL today is a success – a success of distinction, a success which all of us have a reason to be proud of, because YTL today is still a Malaysian company,” he added to as guests applauded in agreement.

 

The Prime Minister then joined Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay and Tan Sri Francis Yeoh in the cake-cutting ceremony which was marked with some pyrotechnics in front of the stage and at the five-tiered cake.

 

The evening’s performance opened with the chorus, Jacqueline Barron, Simon Grant, Louise Marshall and Edward Hands presenting It’s A Grand Night for Singing. The crowd almost went wild when Russell Watson appeared next, singing Caruso, the operatic tribute to one of the greatest tenors in the history of opera.

 

Creating a connection with the audience, the English tenor greeted the guests and continued with Magia Sara, a number from his new album, Amore Musica, before continuing with the wistful I Believe.

 

Mike Moran, one of United Kingdom’s best know musicians, then led the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on an instrumental rendition of Beatles’ Michelle on the piano. Russell Watson then returned to the stage with Panis Angelicus and Ave Maria before closing the first half of the evening’s performance with Joe Cocker’s You Are So Beautiful and Draw Me Close.

 

After a brief intermission, Russell sang the rousing Volare while walking into the audience to get them to sing along with him. His antics worked and he had the entire audience singing along before he impressed them with more of his vocal prowess.


   
Fireworks to end the night.

His next number, Feniculi Fenicula also involved audience participation as the marching tune was easy to clap along to. Russell continued with Nella Fantasia and Amore e Musica before leaving Mike Moran and the orchestra to perform an instrumental version of the Beatles’ Night and Day.

 

Russell returned to the stage to sing Music of the Night from the Phantom of the Opera before the chorus took the stage with the soul-stirring Precious Lord. Nessun Dorma, the World Cup anthem made popular by The Three Tenors, was Russell’s final song for the evening.

 

The audience, not satisfied, clapped, stomped their feet and shouted ‘Encore! Encore!’ for more. The boyish-looking tenor relented with You Raise Me Up but halfway through the song, the cloudy skies above seemed to have sprung a small leak and it started to drizzle lightly. The audience stayed in their seats to enjoy the music while some used the raincoats that had been provided on their seats earlier in the evening.

 

Noticing the drizzle, Russell broke into a few lines of Singing In The Rain and walked out of the stage to join the audience in the drizzle. He then dedicated the final song, Above All, to Tan Sri Francis Yeoh.

 

The rain eased off during the final song of the evening and the fireworks that ensued lit the sky. Guests watched the splendid show fireworks before heading home after an enjoyable evening.


Click here to read the speech by Tan Sri (Dr.) Francis Yeoh

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