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UK-Japan Music Society

Christmas Concert

UK-Japan Music Society’s Christmas Concert

The UK-Japan Music Society was founded by Jonathan Gregory, a former Cathedral Organist, in September 1992, with the support from the Embassy of Japan, the Japanese business community in London and the British government.

The UK-Japan Music Society presents high standard concerts and recitals of British, European and Japanese music, to promote friendship and mutual understanding of Japanese and British people and others who appreciate the aims of the Society and culture through music, in prestigious venues in and around London, as well as overseas.

The UK-Japan Choir consists of Japanese and British / non-British singers from London, Cambridge and Leicestershire areas, and in 2017 the UK-Japan Consort was launched to support young musicians (both singers and instrumentalists) from Japan and UK / non UK, in their early careers in Japan, UK and Europe.

Recording of UK-Japan Music Society’s Christmas Concert 2020

UK-Japan Music Society’s Christmas Concert in 2020




Recording of Christmas Concert (part)

Christmas Concert

UK-Japan Choir

UK-Japan Choir

UK-Japan Choir in a concert
UK-Japan Choir concert

Recording of Vivaldi Gloria

The UK-Japan Choir consists of Japanese and British / non-British singers from London, Cambridge and Leicestershire areas. Performances include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St John and St Matthew Passions, Cantatas, Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Maria Teresa Mass, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, music of Purcell, Tallis, Byrd, Britten, Rutter, Vivaldi, Mozart, Faure, others, as well as modern, contemporary and traditional Japanese choral and instrumental music.



Currently we are recruiting new choir (SATB all parts) members. If interested, please contact us by using the Contact Page.



choir with a bishop
UK-Japan Choir with Bishop of Kobe at St Michael’s Cathedral in Kobe, in Japan

UK-Japan Consort

UK-Japan Consort

In December 2017 the UK-Japan Consort was launched, which is a group of young professional musicians including outstanding conservatoire students – singers and instrumentalists, in order to give support and promote young musicians in their early careers in Japan, UK and non UK.



Currently we are recruiting new Consort members, who are professional young musicians, both singers and instrumentalists. If you are interested, please contact us for audition details by using the Contact Page.


Introduction of some Consort musicians since 2017

Performances We played Handel’s Messiah at our first performance in London and Cambridge in December 1992. Since then music we performed include the following:

  • JS Bach St Matthew and St John Passions, Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas, B Minor Mass, Magnificat, others
  • Handel Messiah, Mozart, Haydn, Byrd, Purcell, Britten, Elgar, Berlioz, Faure, Monteverdi, Vivaldi, others
  • Japanese songs and choral works by Takemitsu, Kasamatsu, Takechi, Nakada, Terashima, Genda, Okano, Takada, others
  • John Rutter, commissioned works, others