For Parents And Carers Of Children With Autism – Jamie’s Concerts With Noriko Ogawa
Noriko Ogawa is a musician and internationally renowned concert pianist. Like many professional musicians she travels and performs all over within a busy timetable. However, it was when she first moved to the UK in the late 1980s and was lodging with a family of a child with severe autism, Jamie, that led her on a path to form ‘Jamie’s Concerts.’
Meeting Noriko and talking about her experiences and continued relationship with Jamie and his family, there is no doubt that she is passionate and enthusiastic about these concerts and the work she is doing here. Unable to help Jamie and children like him directly, noticing that when Jamie’s mum was calmer Jamie responded positively, she set about helping parents and carers of children with autism.
Her first ‘Jamie’s concert’ was in Japan on 18th November 2004 at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall in Japan. It was an instant success and her most recent concert in Japan was in October 2014.
To date, Noriko has arranged three Jamie’s concerts in the UK and they return again in April and May 2015. There will be one in Manchester and one in London. Following each concert, there is a tea party where parents and carers can meet and share experiences.
The first 2015 Jamie’s Concert will be on 22nd April 2015 in the Barbirolli Room at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, as part of the Hall’s Ravel and Rachmaninov festival (of which Noriko is associate artist). The second will be on 5 May at Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School in London.
Noriko will also perform an evening concert on 9th April at St Peter’s, Eaton Square, as part of the Eaton Square Concerts Spring 2015 series. The concert will help raise awareness about autism and Jamie’s concerts, and will also be the official launch of Noriko as a Cultural Ambassador for the National Autistic Society.
Noriko Ogawa said:
“Jamie’s Concerts are designed to fit in with the busy timetables of parents and carers of children and adults with autism, to be a sanctuary of sorts. I wanted to offer brief respite for hardworking people devoted to their children. To be able to relax and unwind is rare for many of those caring for children and adults with autism and it is my hope that these concerts offer a little calm, a chance to regroup then go forward with renewed spirit and strength.”
Mark Lever, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society (NAS), said: “I am absolutely delighted that Noriko has agreed to become a Cultural Ambassador for the NAS.”
“I was moved by her personal account of supporting parents who were coming to terms with their child’s autism and enormously impressed by her subsequent commitment to improving the wellbeing of all carers. I’m sure that the carers who attend Jamie’s Concerts are extremely grateful to her for understanding some of their day-to-day challenges and for creating such a calm and beautiful space through her music.”
Jamie’s Concert – Manchester
Bridgewater For All
Wednesday, 22 April, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
The Bridgewater Hall – The Barbirolli Room
Noriko Ogawa piano
Tickets: £7 (includes £2 booking fee)
Jamie’s Concert – London
Tuesday 5 May 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Milton Court Concert Hall
Noriko Ogawa, piano
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