Siti Nurhaliza set to take London by storm

LONDON: Besides reaching the pinnacle of her dreams, singing sensation Siti Nurhaliza will carry the hopes of Malaysia’s music industry when she makes history with her debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday. 

And the 26-year-old pop princess has vowed to do her country proud by unleashing her best ever performance over a decade-long career.  

With the promise of an international audience beckoning, she gave her reasons for wanting to go all out to impress. 

“My concert will give non-Malaysians the opportunity to appreciate Malaysian songs, music and dances. I hope the Malaysian community and their British friends in the UK will come and give me their full support,” she said before making a special appearance to promote her “Siti Nurhaliza In Concert” event held at the Oriental City Complex in Colindale over the weekend.  

Judging from the turnout of over 400 people, Siti, who belted out hits from her latest albums and later obliged autograph seekers, appears set to create waves here.  

Also performing was the 16-member Yayasan Warisan Johor, which entertained with a medley of traditional numbers concluding with the famous “Malaysia, Truly Asia” promotional theme song. 

GLAD TO OBLIGE: Siti signing autographs for the big group of Malaysian fans who turned up to see her at the Oriental City Complex in Colindale.

Discounted concert tickets for Siti’s coming show at the prestigious hall were snapped up by the crowd, and this has got the singer, who described the opportunity as her “most meaningful gift” so far, excited to the brim. 

During her two-hour concert, she will be rendering hits from her first to 10th albums, plus traditional numbers. Siti will also later perform in Perth, Australia. 

The concert’s executive chairman, Ahmad Fadzli Yaakob, said more than half the tickets at the 3,410-seater hall had been snapped up.  

Tickets for the 7pm show are priced from £20 (RM140) to £120 (RM840).  

The 34-piece London Symphony Orchestra will back Siti with Malaysian musicians providing the percussion back-up.  

Siti will be the third Asian artiste, after Lata Mangeshkar and sitarist Ravi Shankar, to perform solo at the Royal Albert Hall.