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An Evening with Kay Ueyama

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Asia House and Cambridge Early Music are delighted to present:

An Evening with Kay Ueyama

The evening will mark the UK premier performance of prize-winning harpsichordist Kay Ueyama and will consist of works by classical and Japanese composers.

The two Japanese pieces that Kay will perform are by Kozaburo Y. Hirai (1910-2002) and Kiyoshi Nobitoki (1887-1965), the latter of which is based on an old Tohoku popular folk song. These works have never been played in the UK before.  Kay Ueyama will also play her own arrangement of the most famous of Japanese traditional songs, Sakura (Cherry Blossom).

A drinks reception from 18:30

Recital 19:30


Henry Purcell (1659–1695)

A New Ground in E minor Z.T682

Here the Deities Approve, from Welcome to All the Pleasures

Suite in D Major Z.667

George Frederick Handel (1685–1759)

Suite Nr.5 E-Dur HWV430

Kiyoshi Nobutoki (1887–1965)

Tohoku Folk song

Sansa Shigure

Nambu Ushi-oi-uta

Kozaburo Y. Hirai (1910–2002) arr. Kay Ueyama


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

Partita No.1 BWV 825

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (1705–1755) Pièces de Clavecin  

La Sensible

La Marche des Scythes

About: Kay Ueyama, is a prize-winning professional Japanese harpsichordist. Born in London, she grew up in Tokyo. She studied piano at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., and harpsichord at the Amsterdam Conservatory, and, in Paris with Christophe Rousset and Huguette Dreyfus. Kay won prizes at the Paola Bernardi Harpsichord competition in Italy in 2003 and in the Yamanashi Early Music competition in Japan in 2005. She teaches at the Kyoto City of Art University and Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, and is active as a soloist and a chamber musician in Europe, the United States and Japan, but has never before performed in the UK.

The event is generously supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation in collaboration with Cambridge Early Music and their Chair, Dame Mary Archer.



General admission: £20
Joint tickets: £30
Asia House Arts Members: £10

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Kay’s other UK engagements

21 March, 2018: Candle-lit dinner followed by harpsichord recital by Kay in the beautiful Long Gallery of the President’s Lodge at Queens’ College, Cambridge, by kind permission of the President and Lady Eatwell. Places for this evening event are limited; to enquire about availability, email chairman@cambridgeearlymusic.org.


A video of Kay’s performance of J S Bach’s Partitas for keyboard can be found at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewB95WRbtjY. She will be playing Partita No 1 at both Asia House and Queens’.


March 20, 2018
18:30 - 20:30
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