“Born in Japan, I was brought up in a very traditional Japanese family – meaning that I didn’t even know what Christianity was all about. My uncle (and his son now) are Buddhist priests, and we visited his temple when there were festivals and funerals. There was a Buddhist altar and a Shinto altar in our house in the same room to worship.
I started learning organ at the of age 5, and piano age 9. I still remember the shoes my mum made from her wedge shoes, for me to be able to reach the pedals! However, the thing that influenced me most, was when I started to learn composition at a similar time to the piano. That gave me many opportunities to tour the world performing my music, and helped me decide what to study at Music College.
Yamaha offered me a scholorship to go to the Royal Academy of Music, and my life changed moving to the UK at the age of 19. At that time, a Christian friend of mine taught and helped me a lot. However, it wasn’t something I ever took seriously at the time, unfortunately.
When I was in my final year at the Academy, I met my now husband Neil at the Ernest Reed Symphony Orchestra, where I was playing violin. A year later we were married.
Neil started to go to the All Souls lunchtime services when his company moved nearby. He soon started to influence me from the teaching he received. At the same time, a new vicar and his wife moved to Neil’s parents’ church, where I sometime played the organ, who left a deep impact on me. It took 7 years after marrying Neil, but I finally gave my life to Christ and became a Christian.
For a couple of years, my health was not so great, and I had several operations, and then most difficult of all, we lost our unborn child.
God has been so faithful and during one of the lunchtime services Neil attended, there was Noël Tredinnick (Director of Music) playing piano for the service. They started talking to each other, and next thing I knew I was playing the violin in the orchestra, followed by the organ.
The orchestra helped me tremendously, especially when we were going through such difficult times – when we thought we couldn’t have a child. There were so many prayers, and the most of all the uplifting music, I don’t think we could have got through if we hadn’t been there. Knowing there were people there for us was the most incredible thing, but at the same time, we were creating music, for the people who really needed to hear it.
After having going through IVF, we have a wonderful daughter called Kezia.
Since then the 3 of us have been to France with the ASO together, they are so much like family to us.
I am also grateful that they have also given me the opportunity to conduct. Conducting the All Souls Orchestra is something very special, not something you experience with conducting other orchestras – from the wonderful sound in front, and the beautiful voices from behind, but most of all, the Holy Spirit all around us.
There so many arrangements I love from what we play but one of my favourites is I Will Sing The Wondrous Story, and I’m sure that there will be more great arrangements to follow.”
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