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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

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

Godfrey King

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

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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.)

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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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Finbarr Malafronte - Guitar Recital

Fri Aug 12th 2011, 12:15–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


Artist info

Finbarr Malafronte

Finbarr Malafronte first began playing the guitar at age 7 and was accepted into Chetham’s school of music in Manchester at the age of 13. Upon acceptance to this world-renowned school, Finbarr received tutelage from English maestro Gordon Crosskey.

In 2004, Finbarr went to study at the Peabody Institute, USA entering the highly prestigious studio of Manuel Barrueco. There, he completed his Bachelors and Masters degree in an accelerated 5-year performance program.

Finbarr has performed at a number of important venues in England, including the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music as well as performing alongside legendary guitarist John Williams as part of the national youth guitar ensemble. Finbarr will be joining the Royal College of Music in 2011 where he has been accepted into the artist diploma program.


Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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