Recital to boost funds for typhoon and earthquake survivors

Communities affected by the Tohoku disaster in Japan in 2011 and last year's devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines will benefit from a concert of Japanese and Western music at Farm Street Jesuit Church in London next month.

A recital by soprano Kyoko Murai and Sachika Taniyama (Piano) will raise funds for the Japan Society's Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund and Jesuit Missions' Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. It will include works by Britten, Debussy, Liszt, Schumann, Takemitsu and traditional Japanese songs and will be performed in the presence of senior representatives from the Embassies of Japan and the Philippines.

The recital at Farm Street Church is taking place on Wednesday 12 March - the evening after the third anniversary of the Tohoku disaster in Japan. A very powerful earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan in March 2011 resulting in nearly 16,000 deaths and a total of 300,000 people moved into temporary housing, evacuated from the area near the damaged Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant. More than 3,000 people were declared missing and nearly 6,000 people were injured in the disaster. The Japan Society's appeal has been active in funding rehabilitation and education projects in the affected areas.

In the autumn of 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst in the region in recorded history, hit parts of the Philippines. It is estimated that more than 6,000 people were killed in the disaster and a total of 2,157,529 families (nearly 11 million people) were affected. Jesuit Missions has joined forces with the massive relief efforts still continuing to help victims of this typhoon.

Proceeds from the recital on 12 March will be split between the Japan Society's Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund and the Jesuit Missions' Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. It will take place at 7.00pm at the Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London W1K 3AH. Tickets @ £10 will be on sale on the door from 6.30pm.

The organisers of the recital gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and practical assistance from The Japan Society and the Farm Street Church team.