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Seasons Greetings
from the
Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

Honorary Patrons:
Alexander Rosenblatt, George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge), Michael Soumei Coxall, Kazue Yanagida

Japan Representative:
Kazue Yanagida

Please see Links for more information on our patrons

Special Advisor:
Jackie Wright

Director:
Godfrey King

Web Site:
Phil Ronan, Steve Rice

Established 1996

'MUSIC AS A WHOLE'

Music school for children & adults with the
Alexander Technique

Ryoko Izutsu – Director
Piano & Alexander Technique teacher
E-mail: i...@musicasawhole.com
Web: www.musicasawhole.com/home
Mobile: +44 (0) 75 38188537

 

 

Printing services

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

Special Features

YouTube Site

View all our Playlists and features

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

GODFREY KING (Director) AJSW REPRESENTATIVE IN UK
Contact: godf...@btinternet.com
KAZUE YANAGIDA (Honorary Patron) AJSW REPRESENTATIVE IN JAPAN
Contact: kazu...@yahoo.co.jp
柳田 和江(名誉パトロン)AJSW日本代表
連絡先:kazu...@yahoo.co.jp

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Godfrey’s Blog

Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Danny Boy – 100 years old January 2013

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Somerset poet Fred Weatherly was born in Portishead. His sister sent him a tune from Ireland we know as Londonderry Air. Fred had written words to another tune but found this tune fitted his verse perfectly and thus the unofficial national anthem of Ireland, Danny Boy, was born and written by a Somerset man. Although leading a busy professional life in the legal world as a barrister, he was a prolific poet and this produced two more notable and heart wrenching  famous songs, Roses of Picardy and The Holy City.

There are many versions recorded of Danny Boy from Joesf Locke to Elvis Presley, The Pogues and even The Muppets! But there is something about Deanna Durbin that captures the essence of the song that is really about a mother’s heartfelt wishes spoken to her son.

Deanna Durbin retired from film and showbiz in her mid-twenties. But she is still alive and living in Paris and a few years ago had to ask her fans to stop writing to the web site dedicated to her memory as she could not possibly answer letters any longer due to their volume and her age.

Etam 2012 & Kotono Sato: Hon Patron

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Etam 2012 – L’intégrale

To introduce AJSW Honorary Patron Kotono Sato a show she played in (violinist on the left of the screen) as entertaining as any on our TV screens Christmas 2012. A show both for the ladies and gentlemen and those that appreciate the sirens of the 1980′s disco era. Gloria Gaynor sang ‘I’ll Survive’ back then and here is the proof….and how! French fashion firm ‘Etam’ engaged them for their fashion show earlier this year and Kotono yet one more wonderful memory to add to her remarkable list of musical achievments and hilights. Welcome back Kotono! More information on Kotono on our Links Page or her web page:- www.kotonosato.com

AJSW 15th Anniversary Concert

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Aiki Mori

Saint-Saens: The Swan (from ‘Carnival of the Animals’)
Played by Aiki Mori – cello and string ensemble
with Akiko Murakami – piano

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Mozart: Divertimento in D, KV136

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• A. Rosenblatt: Fantasia on Japanese Themes for 2 Pianos and 8 Hands

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On November 10th 12 musicians presented a showcase at St George’s International Concert Venue in Bristol. 10 of the musicians were Japanese. The concert opened with Mozart’s composition the 1st movement of which we present here as a tribute to the string musicians of which there were 8…..4 violinists, 2 violas and two cellos. It is a live recording…without any doctoring of the recording. The pianists performing will be posted up on site in due course.


▲ The Talented Twelve

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Played at AJSW’s Nov 10th ‘Showcase’ St George’s

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The wonderful composer and arranger Alexander Rosenblatt’s ‘Japanese Fatasia’ for ’8 hands on two pianos’ played by Akiko Murakami, Hiroko Yamamto, Yukiko Shinohara and Kumi Matsuo for the AJSW 15th Anniversary Showcase Concert at St George’s, Bristol.

Beat this Banjo Boys – Ken Aoki

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011