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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

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

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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

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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Archive

Here are some of the previous events held by the society.

Listings of our forthcoming events can be found in the events page.

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Sat Jun 12th 2004, 10:00–9:59 pm at Hell Farm
SWAJ Barbecue
An English-style barbecue at Hell Farm

Sun May 9th 2004, 12:30 pm at Hell Farm
Ikebana Demonstration with Gail Forrest
Learn to arrange flowers the Japanese way

Tue Mar 16th 2004 at St Martin-Within-Ludgate
Japanese Music
Mikiko Ridd (soprano), with members of The Anglo-Japanese Collective, David Hyde (marimba/vibraphone), Godfrey King (piano), Yoshimi Nagata (koto)

Jul 19th, 10:00 pm–Jul 20th 2003, 9:59 pm at Hell Farm
SWAJ Barbecue
(English style — sausages, chickenburgers etc)

Tue Jul 8th 2003, 11:15 am at Bristol Cathedral
Aya Kawabata (piano) and Ashok Klouda (cello)
Classical concert (free admission)

Tue May 6th 2003, 11:15 am at Bristol Cathedral
Haruko Iwabuchi (violin) and Alan Brown (piano)
Classical concert

Apr 9th, 10:00 pm–Apr 10th 2003, 9:59 pm at Bolivar Hall
Mayumi Iida Piano Recital
Classical concert

AJSW Concerts

We organise many concerts per year including London venues as well as Bristol Cathedral and St Georges Int. Concert Venue (Bristol).

More information

All concert and booking of artist enquiries to our society address.

St Sepulchre: The Musicians Church

Although we are no longer holding lunch concerts at St Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, it's history and it's place within the Church of England should not be overlooked or neglected. The Bishop of London signed a document soon after he took up his position granting its special status. Within the church was the 'Musicians Chapel'. The Bishop of London is a traditionalist and has a preference for classical music.

The departed musicians recorded in the Musicians Chapel's Remembrance Book deserve respect. They represent music that has lasted for centuries of the highest order. The musicians we brought there reflected their predecessors' art and musical skills. Sir Henry Wood (buried there) and Dame Nellie Melba (a window dedicated to her) symbolize that the music there should reach for the heights. It became difficult to maintain such standards especially the necessary organizational consistency required for such musicians to give of their best and attract a regular audience at levels conducive to a welcoming and warm environment. From our first concert there on October 31st, 2012 to our last on July 23rd, 2014 enabled some memorable musical moments by a number of remarkable musicians ready to give of their best.

So in memoriam to all those wonderful musicians past and present we mark our place in its history in trying to keep its status and place as intended.

The Musicians' Chapel was dedicated Jan 2nd 1955. A rare recording of a BBC News Item of the historic ceremony was discovered in the church in 2012. The Albert Hall Proms founder Sir Henry Wood is buried in the chapel. He was organist at St Sepulchre when he was 14 before he founded the world famous proms which he conducted for 50 years. Dignitaries, including his successor and friend Sir Malcolm Sargent, attended the dedication leading to St Sepulchre's status as The National Musicians Church.

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Musicians' Chapel Dedication
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The clip below comes from a 1936 British feature film entitled "Calling the Tune", a story about the development of the gramophone industry, and Sir Henry Wood and his Queen's Hall Light Orchestra, seen here, were among the guest stars.

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Sir Henry Wood conducts Shepherds Hey (Grainger)
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We thank the National Churches Trust for an article in the week starting 12th July '14 in praise of our efforts at St Sepulchre printed the week prior to our departure!

Please visit their web site at www.nationalchurchestrust.org