In April and May this year, pianist Noriko Ogawa will give two Jamie’s Concerts in Manchester and London. Jamie’s Concerts are designed specifically for parents and carers of children with autism, with the aim of giving carers (and people interested in autism) the rare chance to listen and relax with other like-minded people, and enjoy music in a safe environment, free from the restraints of ‘normal’ classical concerts.
The first Jamie’s Concert was held in Japan on 18th November 2004. It was an instant success with every subsequent concert quickly sold out. The concerts soon moved to the UK with the first one in May 2010 also a resounding success.
The first Jamie’s Concert of 2015 will be held on 22nd April at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, as part of the venue’s Ravel and Rachmaninov festival.
The second will be at the Milton Court Concert Hall of the Guildhall School on 5th May.
In addition to these concerts, Noriko will also perform a awareness-raising concert on 9th April at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square as part of the Eaton Square Concerts Spring series. This special concert will launch her new role as Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society.
Future features on Jamie’s Concerts will appear in International Piano Magazine, Classical Music Magazine, Music Teacher Magazine, and blog Planet Hugill.