Stoke & Staffordshire

Japanese community raises £1250 in Tsunami appeal event

All-Japanese group of musicians
Image caption The all-Japanese group of musicians played music by Bach, Grieg, Beethoven, Franck, Vivaldi and Nakata

Members of the Japanese community in north Staffordshire have raised more than £1,250 for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.

A concert by a Japanese ensemble, held at Alsager Methodist Church, attracted an audience of 100 people.

Organiser Yuki Kagajo said: "It's overwhelming. I never expected so many people to come."

More than 8,000 people are known to have died in the 11 March earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese music

Japanese students and staff from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester played pieces ranging from Bach to Vivaldi.

Ms Kagajo, who lives in Rode Heath, said: "We also added some Japanese music by Nakata and some folksongs, all of which reminded us how precious one's homeland is.

"Although none of our own friends and family has been hurt in the tsunami, we all have relatives in Tokyo, and the news from there is worrying."

She said that there would be more fund-raising to come.

Brian Pask, a steward with the Wesley Place Methodist Church, said: "We were very happy to give the hall free for this concert, and - despite the short notice - many of our congregation were able to attend what was a wonderful event."

The British Red Cross Tsunami Appeal is collecting donations on behalf of the Japanese Red Cross, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, for the relief work in Japan.

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