Tokaido Road

Tokaido Road


9:00pm, Wednesday 6 August 2014

A £22 B £16 C £10 Allocated Seating

Supported by Sir John Manduell CBE

Caroline Clegg director

Dominic Wheeler conductor

Hiroshige Jeremy Huw Williams baritone

Mariko Caryl Hughes mezzo-soprano

Kikuyo Raphaela Papadakis soprano

trad Ichikotsu-cho Choshi for sho; Midare for koto; Oshiki-cho Choshi / Oshiki-cho Kakiawase for sho and koto

Skempton Dart for solo koto; Fushi for oboe, sho & koto

LeFanu Tokaido Road 2nd PERFORMANCE 60'

Concluding a day with a Japanese strand, Tokaido Road is a multi-media chamber opera that takes its name from the famous woodblock print series by the Japanese artist, Hiroshige, depicting the journey he took in 1832 on the great Eastern sea-coast road from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto. A composite of music, poetry, mime, dance and visual imagery, Tokaido Road shows how powerfully Hiroshige's art can still resonate today. As the characters in the prints come to life, Hiro, the young artist, becomes enmeshed in an unfolding drama. Reflecting in old age, he recalls not only the beautiful landscapes that he painted, but the people he met.

The evening begins with a 30-minute instrumental introduction by the Okeanos ensemble, demonstrating its fascinating and unusual mix of Western and Japanese instruments (oboe, clarinet, viola, cello, koto and sho). The whole evening promises to be an enthralling experience of cultures and centuries merging.

Financial support comes from a variety of sources. We are incredibly grateful to and proud to be associated with the following Trusts and Foundations who have awarded grants to Tokaido Road:

  • Arts Council England
  • The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
  • Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation
  • RVW Trust
  • Britten-Pears Foundation
  • The Radcliffe Trust
  • The Leche Trust
  • John S Cohen Foundation
  • The ACE Foundation
  • Okeanos are immensely grateful to JTI for corporate support towards essential development and rehearsal costs.
John Whibley
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Pre-performance talk

7:00pm, Wednesday 6 August 2014

Event artists

Known for its unusual mix of Western and Japanese instruments Okeanos was formed in 2000 and retains a primary focus to reach out to new audiences, create opportunities for young composers and initiate pioneering performance events, often collaborating with other art forms. read more

Nancy Gaffield

Nancy Gaffield is an award-winning poet and senior lecturer in creative writing at University of Kent. Her collection Tokaido Road (CB editions) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, was nominated for the Forward First Collection Prize and won the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2011. read more

Nicola LeFanu

Nicola LeFanu has composed around one hundred works which have been widely played, broadcast and recorded; her music is published by Novello and by Edition Peters. Her catalogue includes a number of works for strings, and chamber music for a variety of mediums, often including voice. read more

Lake District Summer Music is proud to be associated with

Lakes Culture
The Royal Over-Seas League
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC)