Making musical links from east to west

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A Matlock school was filled with the traditional music of Japan to help celebrate the tenth anniversary of twinning between Derbyshire and Toyota city.In 1998 Toyota City signed a formal twinning agreement with Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District Council creating a unique link which continues to go from strength to strength.
Taking part in the celebrations is Japanese musician Yuhi Watanabe who is visiting Derbyshire as part of a three month artist exchange project.
Yuhi stopped by at Highfield school in Matlock to deliver a workshop on how to play the Shamisen, a traditional three stringed instrument.
She is also giving talks on Japanese culture, language and art.
Chair of Derbyshire County Council Councillor Joyce Sanders said: “Twinning offers a wide range of benefits for Derbyshire and its residents.
“We have the opportunity to exchange ideas and information and learn from one another whatever our age or circumstances.”
In September, Derbyshire musician and dance teacher, Debbie Hedderwick will make a visit to Toyota City for three months.
The artist exchange project is partly funded by the Daiwa Foundation and the Sasakawa Foundation.

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WORLD MUSIC: Yuhi Watanabe with chair of Derbyshire County Council Joyce Sanders and pupils Jack Pennington and Christie McNiece (both 14).

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