World Children’s Music Festival 2021 in Tokyo
Let’s play, sing and strive
The World Children's Music Festival 2021 in Tokyo has successfully ended.
Thank you for your cooperation.
The World Children's Music Festival in Tokyo took over three years of preparation.
Initially, in April 2020, on the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, the concert's primary purpose was to perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with musicians from El Sistema and related countries, mainly from four locations in Japan and children from eight countries around the world.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed to August 2020. It soon became apparent that this would also not be possible and that our friends from overseas will not be able to join us on stage. However, we kept our hopes high that the situation will improve over time, and the children will be able to sing Beethoven's Ninth by March 2021.
Despite our hopes, all choir activities were suspended when the Tokyo metropolitan area declared a state of emergency at the beginning of the year. Not sure about how many children from Soma will be willing to travel to Tokyo in March, we made the difficult decision to give up on Beethoven's Ninth's performance. The piece that would replace this monumental piece was Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, which was the first orchestral piece that the Soma Children's Orchestra performed five years ago. The chorus changed program to Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus," a piece that the children of Soma sung many times in memory of those who died in the earthquake, and "Ametsuchi no Uta (Song of Nature)" by Maki Ueda and Nozomu Hayashi, a work that the children of the Tokyo Whitehand Chorus practiced online throughout lockdown.
Will the wind instrument section be able to prepare such a monumental work with just two months of preparation? Will the chorus be able to resume practice before the concert?
On top of all the uncertainties, a large earthquake hit at the end of February, causing one of our precious rehearsals to cancel. Our conductors, Mr. Kimoto and Mr. Furuhashi, were beyond worried.
We would like to thank all of our supporters, parents who have encouraged our children, teachers who have taught our children both online and in-person, all our staff members, interns, volunteers, and, of course, the children who continued to strive to enjoy music and had the courage to move forward with their peers.
Pre-recorded message and performance by children from Japan and abroad
Friends of El Sistema Japan
Soma children’s Orchestra & Chorus
Otsuchi children's Orchestra
Friends from Overseas
Ação Social pela Música
Big Noise from Sistema Scotland
Orchestra of dream
Youth Orchestra LA
March 29th (Mon)
Starts 18:00 (Opens 17:00) /Ends approx. 20:00
●Pre-recorded message and performance by children from Japan and abroad
Maki Ueda: Ametsuchi no Uta (Song of Nature)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67
Mozart：Ave verum corpus(K. 618)
World Children’s Music Festival Orchestra
Fujio Furuhashi ( Choir master)
Harumi Noma (Piano)
Video message and performance
Friends of El Sistema Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Embassy of Brazil in Japan
Embassy of France in Japan/ French Institution in Japan
Embassy of Korea in Japan/ Korean Cultural Center
Arts Council Tokyo Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan Arts and Culture Foundation
Water Dragon Foundation
Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.
GeoEarth Techno Corporation
Rotary Club of Tokyo South
Toyota Motor Corporation
Mio & Company, Inc.
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
JR East Marketing & Communications,Inc. (JR Higashi Nihon Kikaku)
Illustration: Kahori Sato
Design: Funaco design studio