Noriko Ogawa has been organising and performing for ‘Jamie’s Concerts’ in Japan and the UK since 2004. Jamie’s Concerts are designed to suit the needs of families living with Autism and the Autism Spectrum.
Dr. Mirjam James and Noriko Ogawa joined up to do research on Jamie’s Concerts and they have collected over 200 questionnaires from the concerts in Japan and the UK since the 2015-16 season. All the data has now been studied and analysed. Some selected members of the concert audiences volunteered to be interviewed by Dr. James.
Out of this research we could see how ‘Jamie’s Concerts’ work and how effective they are for the families living with Autism and the Autism Spectrum.
The result of this pioneering research will be disclosed at the ResearchWorks Seminar at the Lecture Recital Room at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Silk Street Building on June 12, 6-7pm. It is FREE but booking is advised.
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On 2 June 2016, the 14th Jamie’s Concert was held in Kawasaki, Japan.
For the first time in the history of this project, Noriko Ogawa gave a Japanese contemporary music recital, performing pieces for piano by Motoharu Kawashima as well as Akiko Yamane and a piece for piano and computer by Yoshihiro Kanno.
During the recital, the audience had also the good fortune to hear Akiko Yamane and Yoshihiro Kanno talking about their own music.
Before the concert, Norihiko Fukuda, the mayor of Kawasaki, gave a speech to remind everyone that the UK national team would stay in the city for its pre-training camp in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020.
Noriko’s interview about Jamie’s Concerts is now available on the website of Rhinegold Publishing.
The article, written by Duncan Honeybourne, was reprinted from the magazine International Piano.
• Rhinegold Publishing
“Beyond the notes | Jamie’s Concerts”
– ‘I’m not playing the piano simply to be successful; he’s given me more than that’
The first Jamie’s Concert outside the Tokyo area in Japan will be held in Amagasaki city, Hyogo.
For the details, please click here (Japanese).
The next 14th Jamie’s Concert in Kawasaki, Japan, will be held on 2 June 2016, as part of the events of the World Autism Awareness Day.
For more details, please click here (Japanese).