Over £2000 raised for orphans by Charity Concert at Eden
Heartfelt thanks to all who helped make the Japan Tsunami Charity Concert held at the Eden Project on 16th March such a resounding success. The concert marked the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that caused so much devastation and loss of life in North East Japan: even after a year more than 320,000 are still in temporary accommodation.
The proceeds of over £2000 go directly to Ashinaga, a Japanese charity whose purpose is to help orphans (1,300 children lost one of their parents in the disaster, with 250 losing both).
The concert began with a mesmerising performance from Lostwithiel’s Tanoshii Taiko, and next on the stage was Motoki Hirai’s multi-media World of Japanese Picture Books – violins expertly played by Phil Montgomery-Smith and Jake Loewendahl, readings by Barbara Gordon and David Bunday. David Hendry’s Restormel Concert band then wowed the audience with their melodious mixture of tunes old and new, and star guest vocalist Sarah West sang in Japanese specially for the occasion.
After some 200 pasties – generously donated by Eden – had been devoured during the interval, Sandra Heyward, Mayor of St. Austell and Hiromi Bunday drew the many raffle prizes.
The evening came to an exciting close with a mind-blowing professional performance from The Pictures, who will surely play many more great gigs in the future – definitely a band to watch out for.