An Unincorporated Association
Professor Tomotada Soh (Hon ARAM),
George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge),
Alexander Rosenblatt, Kotono Sato (BMus(Hon), MMus, Dip. RAM, LRAM),
Professor Gordon Fergus-Thompson (FRCM),
Michael Soumei Coxall
Prof Soh (Elizabeth Soh), Shakti, Jackie Wright, Kotono Sato, Lester Kan,
Yukiko Shinohara, Kazue Yanagida, Jung Yoon Cho
Phil Ronan, Steve Rice
What we do
Since 1996, the Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex has been promoting Japanese culture and Japanese artists in events throughout the Wessex region (which extends from the south west of England as far as Southwark in London).
We aim to further mutual awareness through the promotion and organising of our own events and of others including helping to provide information linking members and the public with other organizations sharing the same ideals. We represent a number of Japanese and Japanese orientated entertainers and cultural presenters for the theatre, festivals and clubs, and cultural presenters for educational establishments etc. We seek to serve all aspects of Anglo-Japanese affairs in the region and beyond, and welcome your enquiries. We are a voluntary organization and all funds raised go into society funds. Corporate, Arts organizations, and individual funding will be welcome as well as membership enquiries.
Now in our 17th year, we have taken part in many memorable events that can be found in our events archive.
Since the move to London in 2004 the AJSW has organized several hundred concerts in London alone. Currently our Wednesday lunchtime concerts at St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church on Holborn Viaduct (near St. Pauls Cathedral) frequently feature Japanese musicians who are some of the cream of Japanese classical young musicians visiting or residing in the UK bringing wonderful memories of great concerts and fond friendships.These concerts also involve musicians from all over the world.
In more recent years we have developed our own groups featuring musicians who have played recitals for us with the piano groups '4Tune' (4 hands on 2 piano), 'Inzpir8tion' (8 hands on 2 pianos) and the 'AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble' as well as the traditional Japanese music and instrument group 'The Anglo-Japanese Collective'.
We also help to arrange cultural presentations by Japanese performers and cultural events for organisations including corporate functions. Our growing links enable us to organise almost everything Japanese.
Greetings for the Christmas and New Year Season from the
A song for Christmas from
'Give A Little Loving'
(words & music copyright Steve Holtz)
See Pascal's Triangle feature on our Audio and Video Archive page. You can get this and other tracks direct from Pascal's Triangle.
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AJSW Concerts for December
Click links for further details
All concerts start at 1.10pm - Free Entry
At St Sepulchre (Musicians Church), Holborn Viaduct, London
(nearest tube St. Pauls')
Wednesday Dec 11th:-
Jacob Reina Caro (violin) with Emiko Miura (piano)
Wednesday Dec 18th:-
A Concert for Christmas:-
Margaret Dziekonski (violin) with An-Ting Chang (piano)
An-Ting Chang playing Schubert's Impromptu Op. 142 No. 3 at St Sepulchre June 5th 2013
At The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-On-Avon
Sunday December 15th:-
A special thank you to Yukiko Shinohara our director of our own '4Tune' (4 hands on 2 pianos) and 'Inzpir8tion' (8 hands on 2 pianos)
and to Kazue Yanagida for her direction of our 'AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble'. Sadly Kazue has returned to Japan but she will be helping us in Japan so more on that later. Welcome Jung Yoon Cho and all best wishes in taking over from Kazue for the 'AJSW CME' lunch concert at St George's February 20th 2014.
Here are some of the live recordings we have edited and sampled to-gether of the groups in concert.
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Happy New Year
Thank you to all our audiences and venues for inviting us
and most of all the wonderful musicians
in our 62 concerts this year
Godfrey King - Director AJSW
Want to know more?
Join us if you wish to keep in touch with what we are doing. Our constitution is written on our membership form so you know what you are signing up to. There will be a fresh approach to membership options as part of our overhaul and we have some exciting ideas we hope to bring to fruition in time not least with our web site that Stephen Rice and Phil Ronan looks after for us. If you have any ideas please contact us.
Our Patrons and President
- Patron: Kyoko Gledhill
- Hon. Patron: Professor Tomotada Soh (Hon ARAM)
- Hon. Patron: George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge)
- Hon. Patron: Alexander Rosenblatt
- Hon. Patron: Kotono Sato (BMus(Hon), MMus, Dip. RAM, LRAM)
- Hon. Patron: Professor Gordon Fergus-Thompson (FRCM)
- Hon. Patron: Shakti
- Hon. Patron: Michael Soumei Coxall
Our illustrious figureheads represent cultural diversity and success midst diversity. Each have had lives that beg the question… ‘what is normal?’. Each are much loved and admired as much for ‘doing it their way’ as for being human beings imbued with a generosity of spirit.