Joji Hirota and The London Metropolitan Orchestra with the London Taiko Drummers

Saturday 16 March 2013            Doors open 6.30pm / Performance starts 7.00pm

St John’s Wood Church
Lord’s Roundabout
St John’s Wood
London  NW8 7NE

Entrance fee      Adult £20 / Student £15

Tickets available from Cross Culture Holdings
To buy tickets, visit the website, call 020 8977 0984 or email

A fundraising concert in aid of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster of 11 March 2011. Raising awareness of the need for continuing support in Tohoku.

Joji Hirota
(Composer, Japanese Taiko Drummer, Multi-Percussionist, Shakuhachi player and Singer)
Joji’s prolific career spans over 30 years and 16 albums, sculpting dynamic landscapes of rhythm and haunting melodies with the themes of nature and beauty in everyday life.  Since receiving a commendation from the UK Japanese Embassy from Ambassador Orita in 2003 for his contribution to Japanese culture overseas through his musical activities, he has contributed to work on a vast number of diverse projects, and with his recent ‘Beyond The Requiem’ charity concert tours with the London Metropolitan Orchestra in the UK and Japan, has strived to make a difference by supporting the people affected by the Earthquake disaster of 2011 through music.

The London Metropolitan Orchestra
LMO is London’s finest multimedia orchestra and has worked with all of the major Hollywood studios and worldwide record companies since its formation in 1994.  The orchestra employs London’s best musicians renowned for their virtuosity and who combine to give universally acclaimed performances.  LMO has worked with many of film music’s best-known composers such as Michael Kamen, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, Elliot Goldenthal, David Newman.  LMO has also gained worldwide recognition for numerous television soundtracks which include Band of Brothers (composer Michael Kamen) and Inspector Morse (composer Bamington Pheloung) and has collaborated in recordings and live performances with many well-known artists including Paul McCartney, U2, Eric Clapton, Annie Lennox, Sting, Bryan Adams, Quincy Jones, Pink Floyd, Jon Bon Jovi, Vangelis, Simply Red, Pet Shop Boys and The Last Shadow Puppets.

The London Taiko Drummers
In the early 80’s, Joji Hirota founded ‘Joji Hirota & The London Taiko Drummers’, (previously named as Joji Hirota Taiko Ensemble) now a highly regarded and well established Japanese traditional and contemporary taiko drumming group.  They have performed at worldwide concerts and international festivals including WOMAD, Bruges, Interparla and Sibiu Festivals as well as many others in the UK and Europe.  In 2007, Joji Hirota & London Taiko Ensemble (now The London Taiko Drummers) was the opening act for the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium.

Yoriko Sano (Special guest)
Yoriko Sano started singing Japanese folk songs from the age of 3.  Since winning the National Japan Colombia Folk Song Competition in the youth category, she has gone from strength to strength, winning folk song competitions in various song categories.  Between 1998-2004 she sang and recorded on numerous albums and toured internationally with vocal unit “Hime Kami”.   Currently she hosts ‘Posh!’ on Radio FM Iwate, balancing her life as Radio DJ personality, CM narrator and folk song singer. Praying for the fast recovery of her homeland, following the devastating tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami on 11th March 2011, Sano continues to sing folk songs from Iwate and the rest of Tohoku.

Abeya (Guest, Courtesy of SOAS)
Abeya are four inspiring young performers of traditional Japanese folk song and folk instruments such as Tsugaru-jamisen.  All of them come from families with folk roots.  They have performed throughout Japan and in many other countries to great acclaim.

Children from Chelsea Kodomo no Hiroba (Guest)
Chelsea Kodomo no Hiroba is a class that meets every Saturday to learn about Japanese language and culture.  Currently, students range from ages 3 to 15 and study and play using Japanese culture on a weekly basis.


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