The Royal Coast Review has been a fortunate guest at the ‘Elephantastic’ Christmas Eve Concert at Monsoon Valley Vineyard, joining around 200 concert goers on a balmy Thursday evening as a wonderful prelude to Christmas Day.
There was a palpable sense of relief from the prime movers, Monsoon Valley’s Guido Campigotto and Wildlife Friends Foundation’s Edwin Wiek. That was because there was always a chance that last-minute Covid-related announcements or an unscheduled evening storm could have scuttled the show; apart from the possibility of cancellations by potentially nervous members of the public.
However as the sun went down without any storm clouds in sight, no such veto declared and a big and very eager audience arriving at the concert venue below the Monsoon Valley Sala Wine Bar & Bistro, the organiser’s confidence that Hua Hin was ready to welcome this premium event was confirmed.
Vineyards around the world are often the venue for concerts, typically with a classical theme, but this was the first such venture at Hua Hin’s renowned vineyard. Monsoon Valley and the WFFT were the co-promoters with the latter being benefactors as the event raised funds to advance their vital wildlife rescue and rehab mission.
The 40-piece Itsaraphap Wind Orchestra from the College of Music of the Bansomdej Chaopraya Rajabhat University took to the stage to provide a classical, although not too high-brow performance, as the wine flowed and the sumptuous buffet was presented. The orchestra was then joined by a variety of singers on stage, highlighted by a stupendous operatic performance from the evening’s star, a very talented singer of Russian origins, Aria Moore. She had made the trip along with others, perhaps aware of her talents, from Koh Samui.
The ‘Elephantastic’ Concert was a triumph for the event organisers in presenting such an international standard wine, dine, light and sound show with the Monsoon Valley Vineyard providing the perfect scenic venue, fine wines and cuisine. Once again Hua Hin has shown that it is able to attract an eager audience of both the local community and travellers from other Thai locations when there is a high quality event which is both well planned and well marketed.
We’re hoping that this event is merely a forerunner of many bigger and better concerts to come at the Monsoon Valley Vineyard. It’s not hard to imagine the likes of Michael Bublé or Andrea Bocelli taking to the stage to make this event another huge attraction of our region.
The 2021 Harvest Festival is the next main event to be staged at Monsoon Valley on 20-27 February 2021 as one of the most popular and eagerly awaited yearly events in Hua Hin. More information soon!