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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

Patron:
Kyoko Gledhill

Honorary Patrons:
Yukiko Shinohara (BMus, MMus), George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge), Alexander Rosenblatt, Kotono Sato (BMus(Hon), MMus, Dip. RAM, LRAM), Michael Soumei Coxall

Director:
Godfrey King

Advisors:
Shakti, Jackie Wright, Kotono Sato, Yukiko Shinohara, Kazue Yanagida

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.)

Printing services

For more than 5 years Kallkwik have looked after AJSW's printing needs for which we sincerely thank them

The AJSW is pleased to announce that we have chosen MENCAP as our 'Official Charity'. The subject of 'Learning Disability' is difficult to define in the public mind in the same way as, say, cancer. For that reason, and because of its long established links with the entertainment profession, we are pleased to promote and arrange performances for Mencap whenever we reasonably can.

Special Features

YouTube Site

View all our Playlists and features

One of our latest playlists...

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Playlist Christmas 2014: 'Alternative Top of The Pops' (click to play video)

Annual Reviews

See Godfrey's Blog for AJSW Review 2013 / 2014 and previous years.

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Other blog categories:

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

Welcome

FUTURE SPECIAL CONCERTS

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Some of the musicians playing in the Bristol Cathedral August Concert Series...

Katya Lazareva (viola) and Ayako Yamazaki (violin). Ayako plays in the August 4th concert and Katya on August 11th. Here they are to-gether playing the Allegro from Bohuslav Martinu's 3 Madrigals for Violin and Viola H.313 at St. Peter's Church Notting Hill on the evening of 24th October 2013. Ayako leads our AJSW CME line-up. Katya a violist in it.

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Aiki Mori (cello) and Asa Mori (piano) performing Chopin: Introduction et Polonaise brillante Op.3

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Sergei Podobedov (piano) performing Chopin Waltz in B Minor OP 69

 
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The AJSW CME playing J.S.Bach's "Arioso" featuring Marta Tobar (Cello)

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Marta will be playing in the Bristol Cathedral August 4th recital

RECENT EVENTS

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To hear a sampler of Yukiko's solo, 4 hands on two pianos (with "4Tune") and 8 hands on two pianos performances (with "Inzpir8tion") press arrow below.

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For ticket and booking information click here.

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Members of our AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble:

Elona Laurie, Mee Hyun Oh, Katya Lazareva, and Lydia Kwon

Play in support of 'learning difficulties charity' MENCAP

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 Photos/Highlights:

Runners Step Up for Three Tower Challenge

Flickr: MENCAP Photos

 

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At the 'Roof Garden', 20 Fenchurch Street, London

In aid of MENCAP's Step Up 3,2,1

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To hear live in concert recordings of our 'AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble' press arrow below.

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Katya's album 'The Expressive Viola' was released in October. More details at www.katyalazareva.com.

Martinu Madrigal by Katya Lazareva, Ayako Yamazaki (click to play video)


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Ein Traum Edvard Grieg by Ayaka Tanimoto

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AJSW Chamber Orchestra - St. Sepulchre's Church - July 18th 7:30

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Event sponsors (click logo to go to website):

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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 Wessex Title Explained

Our title and what inspired it is often assumed to cover the region described in Thomas Hardy's novels based on the Wessex Region.....but he was a novelist not an historian and his geographical outline of Wessex described to suit his novels within a defined area and names he used of towns and villages pseudonyms for real places within that area. The real history of Wessex and the area it covered is more complex and over a variable area of the country as its fortunes ebbed and flowed. Our oft asked question "What are you doing in London" sometimes wearisome to answer as little can be explained in a few sentences to a half interested listener and especially the Japanese!

Wessex simply means 'West Saxons' and Sussex (South Saxons), Essex (East Saxons) and Middlesex (Middle Saxons). Wessex, unlike those counties, was never enshrined in the name of a county. The Saxons came from an area of Germany and our present Monarchy are only called the family name of Windsor due to a name change from Saxe-Coburg because of its Germanic connections and the concerns within the UK about the Royal Family's loyalties during World War I due to its relatives within the German Royal Family.

Surpressed post 1066 after the Norman invasion took over the Monarchy of the United Kingdom (s), the region of Wessex shone dimly through the ages almost as a folk memory until Hardy revived interest in it albeit with a novelist's interest to 'tell a good story' but not necessarily a factual one.

But it was the only Monarch called 'Great'...'Alfred The Great'....who established the region of Wessex as a crucial element to everything we now think of as 'English'....the 'Anglo-Saxons' (the English Saxons). Defeated by the Danish forces he hid on what we know as The Isle of Athelney close to Glastonbury in Somerset and from there rose again to defeat the Danes including taking London. Alfred believed the best way to establish national stability was to educate its people. And so began the process that grew into the British Empire that covered nearly the whole world which is why, whatever history's twists and turns may cause, there is some corner of a foreign field 'Forever England'.

Let us say then our title is symbolic of what one man can dream of and bring to a reality 'from a swamp in Somerset'.

Here is a visual explanation explaining some of the history by Ryan M. Reeves:

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Alfred and Anglo Saxon England

Further info may be gained from myriad sources and Wikpedia a good place to embark on an expansive and interesting historical quest (see here).

Godfrey King 15.7.14

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: Yukiko Shinohara (BMus, MMus)
  • Hon. Patron: George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge)
  • Hon. Patron: Alexander Rosenblatt
  • Hon. Patron: Kotono Sato (BMus(Hon), MMus, Dip. RAM, LRAM)
  • 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

Tue 29th September 2015
Bristol Cathedral
Mee Hyun Oh (violin), Lydia Kwon (cello), Grace Yeo (piano)

Tue 20th October 2015
Bristol Cathedral
Megumi Rolfe (violin) with Belinda Jones (piano)

Two Sites Covering Japanese Events

Music and Language Tuition: Lifei Huang

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AJSW CME musicians play for MENCAP fundraiser Dec 12th


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Thank you to Julian Kosh and the team (Mencap) and Sunsan Netto and her team (One New Change)

Mencap web site www.mencap.org.uk and 'One New Change' www.onenewchange.com


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CONCERT IN JAPAN January 4th 2015

AIKI (Cello) & ASA MORI (Piano) with RINTARO OMIYA (violin...NHK Symphony Orch)

Aiki and Asa's first concert in Japan for 5 years on January 4th 2015 to a capacity audience at the MUNETSUGU HALL, NAGOYA a resounding success.

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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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