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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

Kyoko Gledhill

Honorary Patrons:
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), Shakti, Michael Soumei Coxall

Godfrey King

Prof Soh (Elizabeth Soh), Shakti, Jackie Wright, Kotono Sato, Yukiko Shinohara, Kazue Yanagida, Jung Yoon Cho

Legal Advisor:
Lester Kan (see Lester Dominic contact details below)

Web Site:
Phil Ronan, Steve Rice

Established 1996

Legal advice

Our official legal advisors are Lester Dominic Solicitors.

Members and associates are entitled to a free consultation across the range of Lester Dominic’s services including immigration related matters. (Contact the society for qualification procedures.)

Special Features

Pascal's Triangle

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Carol I Need You (click to play video)

See Pascal's Triangle feature on our Audio and Video Archive page.

Musician's Chapel Dedication

See the Musicians Chapel dedication January 2nd, 1955 on our Events page.

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.



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Hiromi Okada plays Falla's Fantasia baetica



Congratulations Kazue and Akiko from AJSW
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2014年 5月24日(土) 18:00開演

柳田 和江 ヴァイオリン

村上明子  ピアノ
静岡プロムジカの会 若葉コンサート


柳田 和江-前ウェセックス日英協会アンサンブル音楽監督 - と
村上明子-前ウェセックス日英協会2台8手ピアノグループ監督 -
2011年11月11日 聖ジョージ教会 in ブリストル
2013年5月31日 聖ジェームス ピカデリー教会 in ロンドン
後援:Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex (ウェセックス日英協会)


At The Forge & Foundry, Camden - March 19th 7.30

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Yukiko Shinohara and Jung Yoon Cho are featured in our Christmas composite

AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble - St. George's - February 20th 1.10 - 2.00pm

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Aiki & Asa Mori - St George's - February 13th 1.00 - 2.00pm

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Here is Aiki playing Saint-Saens' 'The Swan' at St George's for our 15th Anniversary concert there November 10th 2011 backed by our AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble (live recording)

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Our regular Lunch Concert venue in London is St Sepuclhre (the Musicians Church - see its Musicians Chapel dedication in 1955 on the BBC newsreel on our Events Page)

We have appeared regularly for some years now at two venues in Bristol....St George's International Concert Venue and Bristol Cathedral. For either venue see our Events Page. Future St George's concerts are featured above.

Here is An-Ting Chang at both St Sepulchre and Bristol Cathedral last year.

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An-Ting is involved in Concert Theatre

To learn more:- Concert Theatre website: For a performance in Bristol on the 5th May (Bierkeller) here and her web site

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 last year (2013)

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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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.

Next events

Wed 23rd April 2014
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church
Concert For Easter Week: Hiromi Okada - piano recital

Wed 30th April 2014
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church
Sergei Podobedov - piano recital

Fri 2nd May 2014
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church
Tim Chen - violin with Saki Matsumoto - piano

★ Details of later concerts can be found on the Events Page.

Two Sites Covering Japanese Events

Inzpir8tion and the AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble

On May 31st, 2013 we held a promotional concert at St James's Church Piccadilly. Watch this space! Concert details are on our events page.

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Two recordings made by musicians of the 'AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble and 'Inzpir8tion' pianists recorded live in concert at St George's, Bristol November 10th 2011.

• Alexander Borodin (1834 to 1887): 'Nocturne' (Notturno from ‘String Quartet No 2 in D Major 3rd Movement’)
Played by AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble

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• C.Saint-Saens (1835 to 1921): Dance Macabre, Op 40
Played by Inzpir8tion

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15th Anniversary Concert

On November 10th 2011 we held a special concert at St George's Bristol to celebrate the AJSW’s 15th anniversary.

★ See the blog for more information about this concert.

4Tune (4 hands on 2 pianos)

On November 7th, 2013 the AJSW 4 hands duo '4Tune' made its debut in a magnificent performance at St George's International Concert Venue, Bristol for a lunch concert performance led by our 'Inzpir8tion' (8 hands on 2 pianos) leader Yukiko Shinohara with Yuki Negishi (click here for event details).

Yukiko Shinohara Yuki Negishi

Yukiko Shinohara and Yuki Negishi

Hear Yukiko Shinohara on a live in concert recording from November 10th 2011 at St George's, Bristol playing Shima Kodomo Uta (Childrens Songs from Okinawa Islands) by Hikaru Hayashi

1. With Your Little Piglet

2. Ear Chopping Boy

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