Oxford University Orchestra has been invited to partner El Sistema Japan for their festival weekend in Soma City, Fukushima, in March marking the eighth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. El Sistema supports children affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, developing life skills through music.
Guest conductor Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey and 30 members of OUO, including Wadham members Aaron Hartnell-Booth (Physics, 2016) and Stipendiary Lecturer in Chemistry Dr Sarah Jenkinson, will travel to Soma City to engage in music outreach alongside El Sistema Japan. They will be teaching, sharing and performing with students in Fukushima as part of the regeneration project.
OUO are also joining with Japanese Orchestra MOTIF, founded by OUO alumnus Shun Hioki (St Cross, 2016), to perform a joint concert in Keio University, Tokyo which will showcase both English and Japanese repertoires.
Wadham’s Moeko Hayashi (DPhil Music, 2016) has joined the OUO committee to assist in managing the tour which will provide opportunities to share, learn and build lasting friendships.
This project is the first of its kind undertaken by OUO and has been made possible thanks to generous support from alumni and friends.