Living in, and travelling between, both London and Kawasaki, Noriko is very aware of the privileged world in which she performs and has always sought to use her position as a classical performer to support the communities she works with and causes she believes in. Never has this been more readily seen than in her tireless work in March 2011 to raise funds for The Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal. Through her fundraising concert at Kings Place and due to the kind support of fans and promoters she was able to raise over £20,000 to support those devastated by the disaster. You can see a clip of her discussing the issue on BBC Newsnight, shortly before her concert.

Noriko is also a keen advocate for music education and has supported this in many ways in the past, both through recording ABRSM pieces for release to aid students learning and in raising funds in local communities.

Please find below a little more information on two of the causes closest to Noriko's heart.

Le Chat Noir CardsThe Japan Society

Noriko's current fundraising efforts are for The Japan Society to continue to support those devastated by the Tsunami and its after effects.

Noriko has helped design four cards with Two Bad Mice, profit from the sale of these cards goes straight to The Japan Society. To purchase cards and read more please visit http://www.japansociety.org.uk/earthquake/le-chat-noir-cards/.

Jamie's Concerts

When Noriko first moved to the UK she lodged with the family of a child with severe autism, Jamie. Jamie is a lively and handsome boy who due to his autism has never spoken. Over time Noriko became acutely aware of the demanding lives of those who care for children like Jamie. Noriko and Jamie's mother Janice spent many long nights together chatting and drinking tea waiting for a wakeful and distressed Jamie to calm down and rest. Noriko desperately wanted to help but Jamie always demanded his mother's attention and it became clear to Noriko that when Janice was calm Jamie was calmer too. Noriko saw her role would be to help ‘behind the scenes’ and the seeds of the Jamie's Concerts idea were planted.

Jamie's Concert in Kawasaki, 2007
Noriko serves tea and biscuits after the performance

The first Jamie's Concert was held on 18th November 2004 in the Small Hall at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall. It was an instant success with every subsequent concert quickly sold out. The 10th Jamie's Concert will be held there on Thursday 21st June 2012.

Jamie's Concerts are designed to fit perfectly into the demanding lives of parents and carers like Janice and so they start at 11am and end before the school day is over. After the concerts Noriko serves tea and biscuits, and the audience have a chance to chat in a relaxed atmosphere. The setting provides a rare opportunity for families and carers to get together in a non-institutionalised setting and can be a welcome respite from the demands of caring for a child with autism. Children with autism are very welcome at the concerts but Noriko understands that not all are happy in such an environment and so leaves that decision to the discretion of parents and carers.

Noriko Ogawa and Jane Asher at Jamie's Concert UK, 2010
Jamie's Concert UK © Yamaha/Chappells

The first Jamie's Concert in the UK was held on 27th May 2010 and was a resounding success. Noriko has loyal Jamie's Concerts Committee Members in Japan and hopes to find similarly motivated and capable members in the UK. Jamie's Concerts visit Manchester as part of Reflections on Debussy in 2012.

Much wonderful work is done on behalf of those who have autism by committed and caring individuals and organisations, but the unique feature of this charity is that it specifically aims to raise awareness of the plight of families and carers and to support them by saying ‘we understand’. With this in mind, Noriko has created Jamie's Concerts wristbands and hopes that they will help to get this important message across to as wide an audience as possible. These fashionable wristbands, designed by Irene Ramejkis, are available for purchase at Noriko's concerts.

…As a musician myself and mother of Jamie, I am so happy that Jamie's Concerts are able to happen in the UK. I am passionate that parents and carers of people with autism have the opportunity to relax and enjoy some time for themselves in such a delightful way. And it is so important that carers feel relaxed and happy, not stressed then they can support their special people all the more strongly. Noriko Ogawa has the sensitivity and insight to see how her wonderful work can help people, she creates an environment where people come together in enjoyment of wonderful music and company. Janice Mather

…It was such a privilege to listen to Noriko's beautiful playing at her London recital: all of us there enjoyed it immensely, and the very special setting made it particularly magical. Her wonderful idea - to give families of children with autism the chance to enjoy a break and a moment of calm and beauty in the midst of their sometimes very challenging lives - is inspiring, and you could see the effect it had on all those lucky enough to be there. I do hope she is given the support she needs to continue this important and life-changing work. Jane Asher, President, The National Autistic Society

…Having been involved with Nordoff-Robins Music Therapy and seen at close hand the amazing effect that music can have on children with special needs, it is wonderful to know that music is also playing a special part in the lives of their parents. Through her series Jamie's Concerts, Noriko Ogawa has discovered the value of music in their lives and the therapeutic powers for all the carers who devote so much of themselves to helping others. Kathryn Stott, pianist

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