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Friday, 18 March 2011 (3013167)
Concert strikes a chord with Japan
by David Simister


THE organisers of West Lancashire concert by a Japanese pianist who was interviewed by the BBC about her devastated country, have announced it will be used as a fundraiser for the Japanese people.

Noriko Ogawa, who will be playing at Parbold Village Hall on April 2, gave an interview on the BBC current affairs programme last Wednesday night and described via a satellite link from Tokyo how people there are coping in the aftermath of the disasters.

Speaking to presenter Gavin Esler, she said: “People are not that much in panic in Tokyo - obviously they are worried about the radiation but they are largely trying to get on and carry on with their every day lives. We're carrying on but the shock, the disbelief, the frustration and the sadness is really so great.

”We want to be able to help those in the most affected areas, but we can't get to them. This is the thing which as a nation hurts us the most.“

She also said that although the people of Tokyo, where she was when the earthquake struck, are currently being affected by routine power cuts and disruptions to the public transport network, although residents are trying to avoid panic buying.

Douglas Music, who are hosting her Parbold concert, have told The Champion that the April 2 concert will now be used to raise funds to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami which devastated parts of the country on March 11, and the following nuclear crisis which has gripped the nation.

Michael Bonsall, spokesperson for Douglas Music, said: ”Douglas Music, Parbold, Lancashire has dedicated the concert in Parbold Village Hall, by the international pianist, Noriko Ogawa, to the fundraising efforts for the relief of the people of Japan. Douglas Music, The proceeds of the concert will be donated to the relief appeal of the Japanese Red Cross. The audience will be invited to contribute at the event.

“Douglas Music has been in touch with Noriko who is at the moment in Japan but plans to return to give a Fundraising Recital at Kings Place, London on Wednesday March 30 and then there is her concert in Parbold.”

Douglas Music added that Noriko has called her popular programme ‘Piano Sound-scapes’ to describe the abundant melodies and complex harmonies of major works by Mozart, Beethoven and in the second half a Chopin Fantasy Impromptu, a Ballade and his Polonaise “Heroic”, and that the Japanese artist was already a favourite with regular attendees of the village concerts.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7.45pm, cost £15, or £5 young persons and students. For further information, please contact the box office on 01257 421526.

Read more information about Douglas Music's season by going online and visiting www.parbolddouglasmusic.org






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