The Inner Vision Orchestra is made up entirely of talented blind and partially sighted musicians from around the world. They are hitting the road for their first ever UK tour, and a Kickstarter campaign has been started to raise funds to create a feature-length documentary about the tour, the orchestra members, and their stories.
Here is the story of one orchestra member, Takashi Kikuchi.
Facing the world through music
By: Takashi Kikuchi
I came to London from Japan about 15 years ago and started my life as a student at the Royal Academy of Music. My first impression of the city was hearing various new languages and a great variety of English accents used by people, and I was amazed by such a great diversity of culture. I also met a number of helpful people and it didn’t take much time to make friends at the institution and in students’ accommodation.
After completing my studies, I started establishing my career as a viola player and met Baluji Shrivastav through some of my musical activities. Each member of the Inner Vision Orchestra is from a different cultural and musical background and we are always influenced by each other. Since I have joined this group, I enjoy both playing solos and supporting roles, as well as improvising in a variety of styles.
My experience with the Inner Vision Orchestra has already been applied to a wide range of further professional activities. In 2012 I joined the British Paraorchestra with three other members of Inner Vision, Baluji, Abi and Ziad, and we shared an extraordinarily exciting moment performing at the London Paralympics Closing Ceremony in 2012 with Coldplay.
Photo: Takashi Kikuchi playing the viola.
It is always our great honour to receive enormous support in order to keep moving forward. I hope this group will continue building and become even more established and that we will meet many more wonderful audiences through our live music.