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St Dunstan’s August Classical Music Festival

17, 18, 25 & 27 August 2010, London

Part of the continuing AJSW classical music concert series promoting and supporting Japanese musicians drawn from a variety of environments be they professional, students, visiting or home based. It is also included in St Dunstan’s August Classical Music Festival.

  1. Nao Maebayashi (Piano) with Sarah McKenna (violin) August 11th

  2. Masayuki Tayama (piano recital)  August 17th

  3. Tomoko Yahiro (violin) with Yuki Kagajo (piano) August 18th
  4. Mercury Glee Club-Japanese Male Voice Choir directed by Hirosi Nagai  August 25th
  5. Yuki Negishi (piano recital), August 27th

Admission Free


Nao Maebayashi (Piano) with Sarah McKenna (violin) August 11th


Nao Maebayashi was awarded a scholarship to attend the Sixth's Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianist. Since then, she continued to study with Noriko Ogawa and Julian Jacobson.

Nao performs both in ensembles and solos. She is currently teaching at Gordon's School in Woking and performs with Metapraxis ensemble.


Sarah McKenna solo performances include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at Exeter and Truro Cathedrals and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. Although normally performing as part of a string quartet her chamber music experience also include performances as a string trio and the current series of violin and piano recitals with Nao



Sonata no. 8 (Op 30 no. 3) in G Major – Beethoven
Romance (Op 11) – Dvorak
Sakura Sakura (Cherry blossom) –Traditional Japanese
Nightclub 1960 – Piazzolla



Masayuki Tayama (piano recital)  August 17th



London based Masayuki Tayama’s recent performance with orchestras include Rachmaninov Piano Concertos Nos.2, 3, 4 and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and the two Piano Concertos by Brahms, collaborating with conductors including Stephen Bell, Adrian Brown, Darrell Davison, John Gibbons, Levon Parikian and Vladimir Válek. Masayuki’s engagements this year have included a welcome return to the Wigmore Hall in May 2010.

S. Rachmaninov   Complete Etudes-Tableaux Op.33
S. Rachmaninov   Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.28



Tomoko Yahiro (violin) with Yuki Kagajo (piano) August 18th


Born and raised in Japan, Yuki Kagajo is now a South Cheshire, U.K based pianist. Her professional solo recitals have included in the prestigious venues such as The Venue in Leeds (Leeds International Concert Series, 2006), Hexham Queens Art Centre (Hexham Abbey Festival, 2007) and St Annes Church in Manchester (2007). She has also played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 with LCM Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and 2010




Born in Japan in 1985, Tomoko Yahiro began her violin lessons with her mother at the age of five and later attended the Fukuoka Girls High School music course.

Since 2004, Tomoko has with her been giving concerts regularly in Japan and the UK and has often performed as a chamber musician family in Japan. Recently, Tomoko was featured in the inaugural RNCM Violin Weekend, where she
performed Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the RNCM String Ensemble.

Beethoven: Romance in F major
Chopin: Ballade No.4 Opus.52 in F minor
Brahms: Violin and Piano sonata No.3 in D minor



Mercury Glee Club – Japanese Male Voice Choir directed by Hirosi Nagai  August 25th


Mercury Glee Club(MGC): Founded in 1999 by former members of Chor Merkur, the all male-choir of Tokyo’s Hitotsubashi University. Under the leadership of Hiroshi Nagai, the resident conductor of MGC since its foundation, and under the technical guidance and training of Nobuyuki Tanaka, one of the top choral conductors of Japan and a guest conductor of MGC since 2005, the Club has gained
an excellent reputation both in Japan and abroad through regular concerts of its own in Japan and concert tours in France, Germany and Italy every other year so far.


English Choral Music:  Agnus Dei from Mass for Three Voices by William Byrd

Greensleeves arranged by John Leavett

Japanese Contemporary music : Etudes for Chorus by Michio Mamiya

Japanese Folk Songs: Aizubandaisan  

Chugokuchiho no Komoriuta

Hakone Hachiri


International Songs: Coro di Schiavi Ebrei from Nabucco (G.Verdi)

Funiculi-Funicula by L. Danza arranged by H.Yoshioka



Yuki Negishi (piano recital), August 27th


Born in Tokyo , Japan, Yuki Negishi is increasingly in demand as an artist of rare poetry, intensity and virtuosity with a vast repertoire and a magnetic personality. Yuki has already performed over 100 concerts in the UK where she has resided since 2001, and she regularly performs about 30 concerts a year internationally.
In previous seasons, Yuki Negishi has been invited to perform in recitals and festivals, and has made appearances with orchestras in the UK , the Netherlands , France , Germany , Italy, Romania, Japan and the USA . Her performances have been broadcast on Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio.

Yuki has released a solo CD, and a DVD in conversation with BBC presenter Andrew Green from Sound Techniques has also been released. Future performances include the Brahms Concerto No.2 in B flat with the Scarborough Orchestra and recitals throughout the UK. She also served as one of the jury members for the new Sussex International Piano Competition ( in association with Worthing Symphony Orchestra (principal conductor: John Gibbons) and Bluthner Piano Centre. Yuki is generously supported by the London Bluthner Piano Centre.


24 Preludes of Chopin Op.28

11 August 2010 from 1:15pm to 2:00pm

17 August 2010 from 6:45pm to 7:00pm

18 August 2010 from 1:15pm to 2:00pm

25 August 2010 from 1:15pm to 2:00pm

27 August 2010 from 1:15pm to 2:00pm

St Dunstan-In-The-West, 186A Fleet Street, London EC4

Tel: 020 72374445


Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex