Summer Concert at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday 16 July at 6:45 pm
UK-Japan Music Society presented 30th Anniversary Summer Concert, in collaboration with St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Saturday 16th July, with UK-Japan Choir and Consort with International young soloists. It was supported by the Embassy of Japan and Special Patronship of sponsors enabled this concert to take place. We are truly grateful for their invaluable support.
We had a memorable summer concert in the splendour of St George’s Chapel, welcomed by the Dean of Windsor, the Rt Revd David Conner, in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador and Madame Hayashi, our Special Patron sponsors and distinguished guests. Our family, friends and supporters came from all over UK, Germany, Denmark, Japan and Singapore and the general audience. We are grateful to all who attended our concert. Thank you.
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Short Introduction to soloists for the Summer Concert
Jonathan Gregory conductor and organ
Jonathan Gregory is a Cathedral Organist emeritus of Belfast and Leicester, Founder & Music Director of UK-Japan Music Society and UK-Japan Choir & Consort. He studied at Royal Academy of Music and Clare College, Cambridge where he was Organ Scholar. He conducted many choral and orchestral works throughout UK and Ireland, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and released CDs. He gave organ recitals in UK, Europe, Japan and Korea. He brings people together through music from UK, Europe and Japan at this special Summer Concert at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He was given the distinguished honour of Order of Rising Sun by His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2011.
Kuni Shimizu violin
Kumi Shimuzu is the associate leader in the Royal Danish Theatre Orchestra. She studied at Tokyo University of the Arts where she was given Doseikai Award at graduation, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she obtained dipRAM at Graduation with Distinction. She won Harold Craxton Prize and Winifred Small Prize in London while playing as fellowship member with the London Symphony Orchestra. in 2021 she won prizes in the Ysaye International Violin Competition and Victor Tretyakov International Violin Competition. She is delighted to return to UK to play at the special Summer Concert at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Victoria Meteyard soprano
Victoria Meteyard sings with major international ensembles including Tenebrae, The Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, Eric Whitacre Choir, The Marian Consort and is a member of the Chapel Choir of HM Tower of London. She was a chorister at St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Warwick and studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, as a Choral Scholar. Recent solo performances include Vivaldi Gloria, Faure Requiem, Handel Dixit Dominus, Monteverdi Vespers, Bach B Minor Mass, and Japanese songs. Victoria travels extensively with these ensembles to France, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Hungary and US. She has toured Japan twice with UK-Japan Music Society.
Julian Gregory tenor
Julian Gregory is a tenor member of The King’s Singers, who represent the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages, who have won two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame. He was Head Chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge, Music Scholar at Eton College, returned to St John’s College, Cambridge as a Choral Scholar, and studied Vocal Performance Masters Course at Royal Academy of Music. Julian tours around the world with the group giving 120 concerts annually. He is also the Assistant Director of the UK-Japan Music Society, which lies close to his heart with his half-Japanese heritage and tours in Japan regularly.
Ben Giddens organ
Ben Giddens is Associate Organist and Director of Music at St James’ Church, Sussex Gardens. He combines this with a portfolio of freelance work and performs regularly at The Guards’ Chapel and St Bride’s, Fleet Street. Ben has performed regularly on BBC Radio 3 and a series of live broadcasts from St Martin’s in the Fields. His past organist posts include St Martin in the Fields, St Bartholomew the Great, Magdalen College, Oxford, and organ scholarships were at Norwich Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor. He holds a First Class honours degree from the University of East Anglia.
Recent performances by UK-Japan Choir and Consort
Spring 2022 – Choral Evensong
The UK-Japan Choir sang Choral Evensong at St Mary’s the Virgin, Monken Hadley Church, in north London on Sunday 20th March 2022. https://www.monkenhadley.church/st-marys-church
Christmas 2021 – Christmas Carol Concert
The UK-Japan Choir and Consort performed Christmas Carol Concert at St John’s Wood Church on Saturday 4th December 2021. https://www.stjohnswoodchurch.org.uk/
Spring 2021 – Recording of John Rutter Requiem
Members of UK-Japan Choir and Consort recorded John Rutter Requiem in two different settings in March, Piano Hall, Yamaha London, and in May, St Marks Church, Barnet Vale, north London. www.yamahamusiclondon.com https://stmarksbarnet.weebly.com/
Christmas 2020 – Closed Christmas Concert due to the pandemic
Small number of UK-Japan Choir and Consort sang Christmas Concert at St John’s Wood Church, London on 5th December 2020, which was closed to the public.
Spring 2020 – Choral Evensong
Members of UK-Japan Choir and Consort sang Choral Evensong at St Stephen’s Church, Westminster in March 2020. https://sswsj.org
UK-Japan Music Society unites people from Japan and UK and beyond through music to promote friendship and understanding of cultures and peoples, and presents performances of Western and Japanese music at a very high standard.