The King’s Singers Japan Online Virtual Tour has finally arrived.
On Saturday 24 October, the world famous a cappella sextet is playing “Finding Harmony in Japan: Heiwa”, their first online concert on the “Finding Harmony” tour.
The content provides a rare opportunity to feature commissioned pieces written by contemporary Japanese composers Makiko Kinoshita and Eisuke Tsuchida.
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To use the words of group leader and tenor Julian Gregory in a meeting with JAPAN Forward:
We hope that these two works will be appreciated by our audiences around the world, but perhaps could strike a chord with our Japanese audience.
The songs will also include the Japanese national anthem, “Kimi ga yo”, and the nostalgic “Furusato.“
The online concert was born out of an idea to honor fans in Japan who were eagerly awaiting the group’s tour, scheduled for October 9-18. This was to be the first stop on the band’s “Finding Harmony” tour.
The tour, which reportedly started in Hiroshima and ended in Fukushima, included a charity concert with all proceeds going to support the region’s recovery from the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
The band’s countertenor Christopher Bruerton, in an interview with JAPAN Forward, I had this message to japanese fans:
i really hope that [the fans] enjoy this concert. Japan is so important to us, we wanted to make sure that one of the four concerts we give online was dedicated to them and Japanese culture, which is the cornerstone of the program. There are other great songs in there that I hope they will enjoy…. We love Japan and can’t wait to come back!
Just under an hour, the performance was recorded at the Yamaha Piano Hall in London. The online concert was produced thanks to the collaboration of The Sankei Shimbun and JAPAN Before, using the e + online platform. It is available both to the Japanese public here and those who live abroad here.
Online viewing of the concert is available to fans living in Japan and seven other countries: Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Australia, Canada and the United States.
For those who would like to know what the King’s Singers have been up to, be sure to also check out our podcast interview with Julian Gregory and Jonathan Howard here.
A lot is different in this year of COVID-19, but The King’s Singers vision is that music has the power to bring us together. Join them – and us – for their gig online, and let’s find harmony together.
Which: The king’s singers
What: “In search of harmony in Japan, Heiwa” (online concert)
When: October 24, from 7 p.m. (broadcast available until 5 p.m. JST on October 31)
Price: 3,000 JPY
Country ticket sales are available: Japan, United States, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Australia
Hosted by: JAPAN Before
Additional assistance: The Sankei Shimbun and the Japan-British Society
Supported by: Yamaha Music Europe, Yamaha Music London
In collaboration with: Tempoprimo, Chorus Company, UK Japan Music Society
* Japan Information and Culture Center, Japanese Embassy in the United Kingdom
Author: Arielle Busetto