Tianhui Ng, “the first Singaporean music director of the Boston orchestra New England Philharmonic, wants to push for diversity in upcoming concerts,” writes Soon En-Rei in Wednesday’s (7/27) Straits Times (Singapore). “The orchestra announced his appointment … on July 25. Ng, 42, says of his appointment … ‘I am imagining ways in which our concerts provide a diversity of perspectives and how we can invite new audiences who might not have seen themselves represented in our music-making.’ Ng, who is based in Massachusetts, studied composition and conducting at the University of Birmingham. He has conducted orchestras around the world, including the Dartington Festival Orchestra in Britain and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra in the United States” and is music director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts. “He aspires to reignite the communal bond between musicians and the public through music, following the ‘social isolation and communal fragmentation’ brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. The New England Philharmonic is a volunteer orchestra that [performs] … commissions and recent works alongside traditional repertoire,’ according to its to its press statement…. Ng … will be the fifth music director to lead the orchestra, which was founded in 1976.”