Famous Japanese quartet to perform at Farmor's School in Fairford to help raise funds for tsunami survivors

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: 1966 Quarter (photo from natalie.mu) 1966 Quarter (photo from natalie.mu)

A JAPANESE quartet will be performing next Thursday evening at Farmor’s School in Fairford as part of a fundraiser to build a library for tsunami survivors.

The fundraising campaign started by the school’s deputy Headteacher Andy Wareham will see all money raised on the evening go towards building a library for communities badly affected by the natural disaster.

1966 Quartet, named after the year the Beatles first visited Japan, are a group of female classical musicians from Japan who were made famous by playing Beatles music in their own style.

Head of Music Louise Matley said it was a fantastic opportunity to host a professional and wonderful group of musicians.

“Hopefully it will be an inspiration for younger students to want to learn to play the violin, cello, or piano, and for the older students to think about pushing out the boundaries of live performance,” she said.

It has been almost three years after the tsunami hit the Tohoku region of Japan and over a quarter of a million people still live in temporary housing.

Deputy Headteacher at Farmor's Andy Wareham will be visiting the region this summer to help run projects supporting the small communities which were worst affected.

“It is fantastic that the 1966 Quartet is playing at Farmor’s to support fundraising efforts for Tohoku,” he said. “With my wife and local tradesmen, I will be building a library with the funds raised from this event and the 40-mile Coventry Way Challenge walk I’m doing on 6 April.

“Spending three weeks of my summer holiday living and working with the people who lost so much following the earthquake and tsunami will be a real privilege.”

Japanese beer, sake, and green tea will be available on the evening and all guests will receive entrance to a raffle with Japanese goods as prizes.

The evening is open to all and runs from 7.30-9.30pm on Thursday, February 6. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £10 and all money raised goes towards the campaign. Booking and details on 01285 712302.

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