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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

An Unincorporated Association

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

Japan Representative:
Kazue Yanagida

Please see Links for more information on our patrons

Special Advisor:
Jackie Wright

Godfrey King

Web Site:
Steve Rice

Established 1996

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



柳田 和江(名誉パトロン)AJSW日本代表

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Concert Recording


A thank you to Katya and Nafis from Godfrey King (AJSW Dir.) for propping him up!




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from week to week we will build up a program of eg Japanese films / documentaries as well Hollywood musicals


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'Where Are They Now'





Featured artists and music of all kinds.

CHINESE / JAPANESE TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS - Click to play list   THIS IS MUSIC FROM JAPANESE FILMS (or inspired by!) - Click to play list   JUST CLASSICAL - From soloists to orchestral - Click to play list   CONCERT ALL-SORTS - All kinds of pop - Click to play list   THIS IS SUMI JO - Click to play list   THIS IS SARAH COLLINS - Click to play list   THIS IS STEVE TEMPO - Click to play list   THIS IS Godfrey King - Composer, Arranger, Pianist - Click to play list

Compiled by Godfrey King for the AJSW


The AJSW Best of Christmas Playlists Past for 2021


AJSW Christmas Playlist 2021


AJSW Christmas Playlists 2014 - 2020

Our Christmas Playlists are a unique and sometimes even madcap view of the seaon of goodwill. We have tried, over the years, to cover any withdrawn videos of which there have been very few considering the hundreds we have presented. It has been an exhaustive process to select, present them and using the best quality (audio and visual) possible.

So here they on a thumbnail picture for the year of your choice. Click on the video...left hand click twice to enlarge it to full screen. If you want to select specific videos go to the three bars () at the top right corner of the your choice...then click on the cross (+) to draw the programme choice back.

AJSW Christmas Playlist 2020 - Click to play list AJSW Christmas Playlist 2019 - Click to play list   THIS IS AJSW CHRISTMAS 2018 - Click to play list   Godfrey's 2017 Facebook Favourites for Christmas - Click to play list   AJSW Christmas Playlist 2016/2017 - Click to play list   AJSW Christmas Playlist 2015/2016 - Click to play list   AJSW Christmas Playlist 2014 - Click to play list THIS IS SARAH COLLINS AJSW CHRISTMAS - Click to play list


The AJSW's Christmas mini-CD with The Pascal's:
Steve & Aska Holtz

Great songs -- Great Music as Steve and Aska sing for us
to share and express all our 'CHRISTMAS HOPES AND WISHES'

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£8 plus £2 postage (£10)

Cheques payable to 'Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex'

Order from:

Address: AJSW, 18 Ronald Buckingham Court, Kenning Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LL



Sadly AJSW Honorary Patron and friend Jeff Manookian passed away on July 10, 2021 at 3:20 am. I never met him but our long distance friendship revealed not just a talented composer and musician, but a genuine, warm and sensitive human being. He was so supportive and I was able to help a little with some of his recordings. I hoped to do more but time is sometimes never kind. We will have a tribute to Jeff here on our web site in due coures. Below is a fitting tribute to him but there are and will be many more.

R.I.P. Jeff

Godfrey King

For Jeff Manookian's scores on IMSLP:-



Our own AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble's 2016 live version of Jeff Manookian's arrangement of George Gershwin's 'Lullaby'

George Gershwin's 'Lullaby' transcribed by Jeff Manookian recorded in a live performance by the AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble


Marimba Concerto Score:-


From time to time I re-mix videos / tracks for those performers to enhance the quality and presentation. I re-mixed one recently for one of our Honorary Patrons: Jeff Manookian (see other insert on Hon Patrons below). It is all explained in the video...enjoy his 6 movement:-

'Aires de Yucatan'






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Please find below piano solo from Kumi Matsuo, "Franz Liszt: Au lac de Wallenstadt, from Annees de Pelerinage BK1."


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Have a look at our promotional video...


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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

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Previous Concerts

Kazue Yanagida (violin) with Akiko Murakami (piano)

IN CONCERT: An 'Early Summer Concert' of the Pro Musica 'Four Seasons Salon Concert' series, presented at the Rudwig Hall, Shizuoka, Japan by Mr Akihisa Ogawa (organiser and proprietor) 24th May 2014 Editing and re-mastering from the original video presentation (2014) by Godfrey King for the 26th May 2018


Saturday October 19th (7pm) at Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5HF

The AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble

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Kumi Matsuo (piano)

St George's Bristol - November 15th

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Kumi Matsuo plays Liszt's Grandes études de Paganini,
S.141松尾久美 From a recital on November 2017 at Osaka University Hall for the OCCA/One-coin Concert for ALL series'

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Ayako Yamazaki (violin)
Katya Lazareva (viola)

'Duo In Harmony'

Wesley's Chapel - September 26th

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Martinu Madrigal by Katya Lazareva, Ayako Yamazaki
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Kumi Matsuo

Wesley's Chapel - September 19th

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MEE HYUN OH (violin)
SOOJIN KIM (piano)

Cheltenham Town Hall and Pittville Pump Room - April 5th

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YUHKA NAGAI (violin)
KEI TAKUMI (piano)

Bristol Cathedral - March 1st

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MEE HYUN OH (violin)
LYDIA KWON (cello)

Cheltenham Town Hall - Feb 16th

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AJSW CME musicians play for MENCAP fundraiser Dec 12th

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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

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

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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


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.