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Friday, 8th January 2016
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Tokyo Symphony Orchestra gears up for 70th anniversary

A new year has begun and it’s a very exciting one for the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (TSO), which turns 70 in 2016.

Conducted by Jonathan Nott, the orchestra has a busy schedule of events to mark the occasion, including performances at home, as well as a European tour.

Highlights will include works by Bruckner, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mahler and Wagner at various venues.

As well as being an important year for the orchestra, 2016 also marks three decades since the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, where the musicians often perform, opened to the public.

Managing to combine catching a performance by the TSO with a chance to visit this fantastic concert hall is something all lovers of classical music should try to achieve on a trip to Japan.

A wide selection of guest artists has been gathered to appear during the birthday celebratory year to accompany the regular musicians.

These include, but are not limited to Francesca Dego on the violin; Johannes Moser playing the cello; Sophie Koch singing; and Masahiro Aizawa on the clarinet.

Organ and piano work will be provided by the likes of Masato Suzuki and Olga Scheps.

Very special performances will be held featuring the Little Singers of Tokyo, who have sold albums worldwide.

When it first came into being in 1946, the world was a very different place and the TSO was known as the Toho Symphony Orchestra, before being renamed in 1951.

As well as performing concerts, the TSO has a number of other projects it has worked on over the years.

These include recording the score for the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla and also for the video game Star Fox: Assault.