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UK-Japan Music Society’s 25th Anniversary Year Closing Summer Recital 

日英音楽協会創設25周年記念年閉会サマー・リサイタル


We had a year closing summer recital on July 27th.

7月27日にサマーリサイタルを行いました




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The UK-Japan Music Society was created by Jonathan Gregory in 1992 as a result of cultural interaction with Japanese musicians he experienced during the Japan Festival 1991. 

It organises concerts and activities to promote friendship and mutual understanding of Japanese and British people and culture through music.

The UK-Japan Choir is well established in southern and Midland regions of England for presenting western and Japanese music to a very high standard often in prestigious venues. The Choir of Japanese and British singers are drawn from London, Cambridge and Leicester areas.

Performances include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas, Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Maria Teresa Mass, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Monteverdi’s Vespers, Berlioz’s Childhood of Christ, music of Purcell, Tallis, Byrd, John Rutter, Vivaldi, Faure and others, as well as modern and contemporary Japanese choral and instrumental music. 

Since 2003 the Society has presented Christmas Concert at St John’s Wood Church in London, featuring young singers and instrumentalists from Japan & UK, in some years introducing carols to the Japanese community. In recent years, the Society has presented spring concert and summer recitals in London, Market Harborough, Loughborough and in France.    

The Society was given the Japan Festival Award in 1995 and won the ABSA/Pairing Scheme Award ten times from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The prestigious Japanese Ambassador’s Commendation was presented to the Founder/Music Director in 2002.

In 2011, the Founder & Music Director was decorated with the Order of Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in the autumn honours conferment from the Japanese Ambassador in London on behalf of His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor of Japan, as recognition of his work.