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Year 2012 JVC Benefit Concert
- Singing from Our Hearts to Tohoku and The World -
Welcome to our 2011 JVC Tokyo and Osaka Special Earthquake and Tsunami Memorial Benefit Concerts!
It was a great thrill to see the underdog Japan Woman's Soccer Team, against major odds and expectations, win the World Cup this summer.
And in a sense, the work of JVC is about underdogs, those peoples who have been marginalized with no expectation of survival due to war, famine or other tragedy. "How can we work with them so they regain their pride and livelihood? "
Now with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March, in addition to Developing Countries, JVC has turned its attention also to surviving underdogs right here in Japan who have lost virtually everything. And again with JVC's long Learning Curve Overseas, the question for us is: "How can we effectively work now in Japan also with survivors to regain pride and livelihood against huge odds?"
With the support of you concertgoers and companies and institutions and members and other friends of JVC, we are able to work hard, creatively and productively with these underdogs both abroad and now at home. Thank you so much!
P.S. And just a special thank you and congratulations to the Quodlibet Chor of Osaka on the 60th Anniversary of their founding!
Conductor and Soloists
Conductor: Barnaby Smith
Barnaby co-founded Voces Cantabiles Music and is Artistic Director of the not-for-profit music foundation. Currently a member of the internationally renowned a cappella ensemble, VOCES8, Barnaby tours the world performing over 100 concerts across four continents annually. Barnaby’s musical career began as a treble in the choir of Westminster Abbey and he completed his studies in Specialist Early Music Performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he continues to learn with Andreas Scholl and Ulrich Messthaler.
As a conductor and interpreter Barnaby is highly regarded for his work in the Choral, Baroque and Film genres. Barnaby is Principal Conductor of the British Film Orchestra, the Senesino Players and the chamber choir Voces Cantabiles. He has recorded the London 2012 Olympic Mascots Film Scores.
As a countertenor soloist Barnaby has appeared across the World. Performances include Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Masaaki Suzuki, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestra of Opera North. In Europe Barnaby has collaborated with, Il Virtuosi Delle Muse under the baton of Stefano Molardi (Bach: St John Passion). Engagements include Bach’s Cantatas with Les Inventions and a recording of Benedetto Marcello’s Psalms of David to be released in 2012.
Soprano: Andrea Haines
Andrea started singing in her local parish church choir at about seven years old. Since then she has been a member of many different choirs, including the Royal School of Church Music, as well as directing her own chamber choir whilst studying music at Cardiff University. She now enjoys a full-time position in the international award winning vocal ensemble VOCES8, with whom she performs over 100 concerts annually around the world.
Through VOCES8 and as a freelance musician, Andrea leads a diverse and interesting life as a soprano soloist, ensemble singer and workshop leader, performing in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Dijon Opera House and Beijing National Performing Arts Centre with VOCES8. She particularly enjoys performing baroque music and recent performances have included Handel's Israel in Egypt and Judas Maccabaeus, Bach's St John Passion, Cantatas 66, 140 and 150, and his six motets.
Countertenor: Robin Tyson
Robin Tyson’s musical life began as a boy chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, and later as a choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge before he joined the Royal College of Music for post-graduate study. He became a member of The King’s Singers, performing concerts all over the world (including visits to Tokyo and Osaka), recording and teaching. This culminated in 2009 with a Grammy Award for the album ‘Simple Gifts’.
As a soloist he has performed throughout Europe, in the USA and the Far East, most notably with the conductors Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox and René Jacobs. He has recorded more viol music for Channel 4’s ‘Elizabeth’, starring Helen Mirren. Robin was heavily involved in Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s year-long Bach Cantata pilgrimage in 2000, with CDs of all 200 cantatas released on the award-winning ‘Solo Deo Gloria’ label. In the world of contemporary music he has appeared in the world premiere of Giles Swayne’s Havoc.
Finally, as an opera performer, Robin has worked at La Monnaie, Brussels, at the Festspielhaus, Salzburg, and in Barcelona, Lyon and Montpellier, Antwerp and Ghent in works by Cavalli, Handel, Purcell and Blow.
Tenor: Charles MacDougall
Charles MacDougall sang in the chapel choir of University College, Durham, Newcastle Cathedral Choir, and the RSCM’s Millennium Youth Choir. Leaving Durham, Charles went on to complete a PhD at the University of London into the adaptation of Greek epic for operatic performance having received one of the highest research awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. In 2006 Charles was awarded the position of Emerging Artist by InterOpera, producing Bizet's Carmen under the baton of Alistair Dawes.
Charles is a founder-member of VOCES8 and maintains a busy schedule of concerts, masterclasses and recordings with them. As a soloist, his credits include Bach Cantatas at Dijon Opera House with French baroque ensemble Les Inventions,and Handel’s Messiah for Channel 4. He also has an ongoing collaboration with harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham and London Early Opera, having recorded a disk of previously unrecorded Handel solo works (forthcoming 2013).
Charles currently continues his vocal studies with Ulrich Messthaller (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis) and with international vocal clinician, Hilary Llystyn Jones.
Bass: Dingle Yandell
Dingle’s singing career began when he joined as a chorister at Westminster Abbey. Dingle also sang and recorded for the Royal School’s of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir. In 2001 Dingle was awarded a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated with firsts in both Opera and Electronic Music.
As a soloist his appearances have included the role of Christus in Bach’s ‘St John Passion’, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Handel’s ‘Messiah’, the role of ‘Erpingham’ in the premiere of the contemporary opera ‘Erpinghams Camp’ and performed with the Orchestra of Opera North under the baton of John Wilson.
Dingle is a founding member of VOCES8, and greatly enjoys touring all over the world. Dingle relishes the challenges of mixed repertoire within the group, which requires huge flexibility and absolute control of one’s instrument.
History of JVC Benefit Concert
Why the concerts?
To assist some very, very needy people in some of the world's poorest nations. And to create greater awareness in Japan for the needs in Developing Countries, and how people of the World working together can help fulfill these needs by supporting the developmental and environmental projects of the Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) in Africa and Asia.
Twofold Purpose of the Concerts
To fulfill the above objectives and assure success it is indispensable for JVC as the host organization, the choir, performers and other volunteers to build a strong, cooperative relationship with mutual understanding and good Teamwork. (Please see more specific details below.)
A Little History:
Inez Baskerville first came to Japan in 1964 with her family to serve as missionaries in Kyushu for eight years. Due to her husband's business assignments back in Asia she also lived in Tokyo during the years 1980-1992. After her three children graduated from high school she began doing volunteer work not only inside the church but also for other needy causes. Her incentive is simply that as a Christian she was taught since early childhood "to love your neighbors and help those in need."
Beginning in 1981 Baskerville began organizing benefit concerts for Refugees International Japan in Tokyo. She also became acquainted with JVC, an NPO founded by Japanese in 1980 in Bangkok to provide relief for war refugees from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. JVC's headquarters moved to Tokyo in 1983 and beginning in 1992 shifted their work to developmental and conservation work. Now JVC leads for example, technical training workshops in Cambodia, farm training for impoverished youth in South Africa. JVC works very closely with local groups and makes every effort to incorporate local custom and insights into the projects. Financial and personnel self-sufficiency is one of the key short term goals.
With Baskerville's dream of doing Messiah in Japan and raising funds for JVC, and with much assistance from volunteers, choir members, companies, orchestra managers and the JVC staff the first Tokyo JVC Benefit Concert was performed in 1988. Mr. Hiroshi Gunji, with great talent and wide experience and popularity in conducting and training choirs, graciously agreed to be responsible for the choir at the first concert. Five hundred choir members participated - including Tokyo Academy Choir members led by Maestro Takashi Kanai. The Second Concert generated more interest. And Maestro Gunji also arranged several other concerts for the visiting conductors and soloists. Since 1990 only Messiah has been performed in Tokyo.
Since 1993 a Benefit Concert has also been performed annually in Osaka for JVC. The late Mr. Hirohiko Inomata played a very key role at the beginning, after reading about the Tokyo concert in the Asahi Shimbun's Tenseijingo in 1992 and arranged for The Postal Saving for International Voluntary Aid in Japan to sponsor the first concert. Since 1995 Baskerville and JVC has assumed responsibilities also for the Osaka Concerts. The Quodlibet Chor provides the excellent singing and related cooperation, rotating biannually Messiah and Christmas Oratorio.
2012 JVC Concert Committee members
We have JVC Committee members who support JVC Benefit Concert. They are JVC Committee members for 2012.
Osaka concert at Izumi Hall (Osaka-fu,Osaka-shi / Seat)
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