Akane Yuda, leader of the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta, in rehearsal in London, hours before the concert in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Miss Yuda was one of the youngest violinists in the group, but with her hard work and determination to help and inspire all her fellow students she earned the position of concertmeister.
The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta
Comes to London
Following the 2011 disaster, the British concert pianist and founder of the musical educational charity Keys of Change, Panos Karan, visited the Fukushima area four times to work with students in several schools, helping them develop their musical skills and performing with them in concert. Inspired by the dedication and enthusiasm, in 2013 Keys of Change (KoC) developed the idea of stretching the students further by arranging for them to perform at a prestigious venue in London. Click here to watch the story of Keys of Change in Fukushima since 2011.
Thanks to the support of a number of Japanese and UK organisations and the hard work of many people in Fukushima and London, the idea gradually became a reality, culminating in an unforgettable performance by the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on April 2nd 2014. Click here to watch this remarkable concert.
Panos Karan visiting schools and evacuation centres in 2011, six months after the disaster, to play music and share the message “the world has not forgotten.”