classical music

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta is one of the most positive things to emerge from the devastation of the 11 March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in north-eastern Japan.

The young musicians of this extraordinary orchestra are thrilled to return to London for a performance full of emotional intensity, with a programme including Tchaikovsky's captivating Fifth Symphony.

The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta has become a beacon of hope for a region devastated by loss, personal pain and suffering. Set up by UK charity Keys of Change in partnership with schools in Fukushima, initially to bring hope to the young people in the area, the orchestra has made rapid musical strides and has already performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Tokyo Opera City, and in Boston Symphony Hall, where the determination of the young people to create something truly excellent in the face of all kinds of adversity has had the power to inspire other young people and adults.

Only music gave me courage and strength when I changed schools from my hometown, Minami Soma, because of the radiation. I feel very nervous to play again in such a prestigious hall, but I would like to do my best to convey my appreciation to music. I have been practicing hard with all my friends, aiming to become a symbol of restoration of Fukushima. I wish the London audience will share our excitement
Kyosuke Takano – cello


Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta
Masanori Tanaguchi conductor
Panos Karan conductor *
Zach Tarpagos flute


Beethoven: Overture, Coriolan
Borne: Fantaisie brillante on themes from Bizet's Carmen for flute & orchestra
Alexander Mackenzie: Overture, Britannia (A Nautical Overture), Op.52
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 *

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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