The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

Wednesday 2 April 2014                       7.30pm

Queen Elizabeth Hall
Belvedere  Rd
Southbank Centre
London SE1 8XX

Tickets £20, £10 (£5 concessions) – call 0844  847  9910 or visit the website

Young musicians from schools in Fukushima, Japan, fill the stage of the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with music and stories of survival, courage and rebirth. These students, coming from one of the areas worst hit by the 2011 disaster, are in London for this unique performance, to share through music their remarkable journey of collaboration, strength and hope.

Programme will include:

Ronald  Corp  Commotio  – World  Premiere
Chopin  Piano  Concer to  No. 1  in  E  minor
Mozart  Flute  Concer to  in  D  major
Elgar  Salut  d’Amour

In collaboration with the Orpheus Sinfonia:

Panos Karan – piano
Zach Tarpagos – flute
Thomas Carroll – conductor

Keys of Change is a charity formed by individuals of different backgrounds who deeply believe that playing music can make this world a better place. It was established in 2011 with the aim of advancing the lives of children and young people around the world through musical education and access to live classical music performances. The British concert pianist and founder of Keys of Change, Panos Karan, has been on four visits to the Fukushima area since 2011, and has worked with students in several schools, helping them develop their musical skills and performing with them in concerts. Inspired by the dedication, enthusiasm and high musical standard of the students, Keys of Change has invited them to perform at the Southbank Centre.

The Orpheus Sinfonia, orchestra of the Orpheus Foundation, is, under the artistic direction of Thomas Carroll, establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. The Orpheus Sinfonia was founded in 2008 as an orchestra to provide opportunity and support for those exceptionally talented young musicians emerging from study into the profession. The orchestra attracts the very best of music conservatoire graduates, forming an elite group of performers excelling in artistic distinction. We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, supporting them as they come to the UK to perform and, through the incredible power of music, to find their voices and a way to move forward following the devastation of the tsunami in Japan.

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