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Accordion of 21-st century

Richard Galliano - French touch

Walshe Essential Guide to Accordion and Harmonica Events

«Harmonica forever!»

Modest Mussorgsky «Pictures at an Exhibition»

«Skomorokhi»: Music of the 20'th Century

Richard Galliano - 15 Titres Originaux

Pietro Frosini - Mariposita (Bolero)

Eugeny Derbenko - Cabman

Melodies Which Are Always With You

Concert musette for accordion

Richard Galliano quartet «New Musette»

Astor Piazzolla - Soundtracks

Boris Kovac and Ladaaba Orchestra «Ballads at the End of Time», «La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica»

Yury Kazakov «The portrait of the great Bayanist»

A Gotan Project DJ set Espiracion

Accordion in Jazz

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto para Quinteto

Accordion in concert - Part I

Accordion Reader Trilogy

L. Desyatnikov - Tracing Astor

Russian music of the 19 - 20-th centuries

Igor Tsvetkov - Two Pieces for Russian Folk Orchestra

Popular Latin American tunes for chromatic or piano accordion

Terem-Quartet meets friends

Richard Galliano - Viaggio

Richard Galliano & Michel Portal – Concerts

Valery Kovtun - «Tango»

Richard Galliano – New York Tango

Friedrich Lips - Pictures at an Exhibition

Astor Piazzolla - Fugata

Dmitry Manchuk & Miroslav Leliukh - Musical Fantasy

Art Van Damme - Deep Purple

Richard Galliano - Fou Rire

George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (for piano and accordion orchestra)

Andrew Petrov - Marathon in the Fall

Luciano Fancelli - Acquarelli Cubani

Happy Skvett - Kulturprisen

M. Kazhlaev - Scerzo

Michael van Delft - Angel Rocks a Stone Away

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Parts

Richard Galliano - Tango pour Claude

''Resurrecion'' tango-quartet - Obsessed by the Sun

Richard Galliano - La Valse a Margaux

Bogdan Precz - Fusion

Jazz Accordion Book - Vol. I

Jazz Theory And Improvisation Studies for Accordion

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Tangus Dei

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Score

Accordion orchestra of 3-d municipal music school (Kishinev, Moldova)

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet "Concertino" (video live concert)

Pablo Ziegler - Bajo Cero

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - Accordion virtuosos from St. Petersburg

Albin Repnikov - Concerto ¹3 for accordion, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Pavel Smirov Orchestra - My Saint Petersburg

M. Blanter - In The Gardens

Astor Piazzolla - Yo Soy Maria

Lithuanian Accordion Quintet «Concertino» - Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

B. Martjanov - Moldova Fantasy

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 2

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 1

«Milonga» Instrumental Trio – Compositions from the repertoire of the ensemble - Vol. 3

Jacques Reuaux, Claude Francois - My Way - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score

Anatoly Lyadov - Musical Snuffbox

Yu. Peshkov - Black Eyes - Russian romance arranged as a concert piece

Charlie Shavers - Breeze in a Waste

Christine Boll – Partita Piccola

Teddy Randazzo, Bobby Weinstein - Going Out of My Head - Great Frank Sinatra song arranged for accordion orchestra - Score and Parts

Victor Vlasov - Bossa Nova

Pietro Frosini - Carnival of Venice

Victor Vlasov - I Like this Rhythm

Thomas Fundora & Morris Albert - Feelings

Mikis Theodorakis - Quarter of Angels

George Hammel - Pantoufle de Vair (concert polka for accordion)

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla

In the Footlights

The Beatles Potpourri

Jacob Gade - Tango Jalousie

Lasse Pihlajamaa - Harmonikkasävellyksiä

Eddy Flecijn – Capriccio

Pascual Marquina - Spanish Gipsy Dance

Popular Waltzes

Libertango tango hits

Moon Serenade

History of Musicals

Astor Piazzolla – 10 tangos

From Bach till Offenbach

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart - Blue Moon

Beny Rehmann - Schiffsfeger-Polka

F. Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

J. Rid - Last Waltz

Yann Tiersen - Le Moulin

Yann Tiersen - Naomi

Bert Kaempfert - Strangers in The Night

Luiz Bonfa - Manha de Carnival

Cajun of Luisiana State (for banjo and accordions)

George Boulanger - Da Capo

Eugene Derbenko - Rythm of Time

I. Panitski - Snowball Tree

A. Murena and J. Colombo - Indifference

Hubert Giraud - Sous le Ciel de Paris

Toto Cutugno - Soli

Fermo Marchetti - Fascination

Victor Vlasov - Boogie-Woogie

J McHugh - Black Birds (Black spiritual arranged for accordion)

S. Scott - Jungle

Tikhon Khrennikov - Moscow Windows (jazz song arranged for accordion duo)

Paul Norrback - Happy Moments

Charlie Chaplin - Limelight (waltz arranged for accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Silent Films

Victor Vlasov - Good Afternoon

Victor Vlasov - Cartoon

20 Tiny Fingers - English folk song

A. Joys - Autumn Dream

Jazz-Legato - Lerov Andersson (for accordion duo)

Vladimir Popolzin - In The Saloon

S. Scott - Ballade

Victor Vlasov – Jazz Miniatures

Victor Vlasov - Disco (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Let us Swing (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Siamese (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - This Rythm (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Victor Vlasov - Step (from Jazz Miniatures Book)

Unto Jutila - French Visit

Renzo Ruggieri - Carnevale

Jimmy Giordanengo - La Huette (waltz for solo accordion)

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes (for solo accordion)

Unto Jutila - Samba

Pietro Frosini - Jolly Caballero

Karl Noack - Parade of Dwarves (for ensemble or orchestra)

Valery Kovtun - Brilliant Waltz (for solo accordion)

Pintin Castellanos - La Punalada

Finish Polka

Anne Dudley - Jeeves and Wooster

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Four Seasons in Buenos Aires - Parts

Luciano Fancelli - 10 km. al Finestrino

Luciano Fancelli - Pupazzetti

Georgy Mushel - Toccata

Albin Repnikov - Capriccio

Paolo Pizzigoni - Light and Shadow

Grigoras Dinicu - Hora Stacatto

Eduardo di Capua - O Sole Mio!

Ernesto Lecuona - Malaguena from «Andalucia» Suite

Andre Astier - Grande Valse De Concert

Andre Astier - Divertissement

Andre Astier - Fantaisie En Mi Mineur

Andre Astier, Marcel Azzola - Systeme «A»

Andre Astier, Maurice Larcange - Accordeon Steeple

Andre Astier, Yvette Horner - Polka Satellite

Volodymyr Zubytsky - Ti Amo, Pesaro

Joaquin Rodrigo - Concierto de Aranjuez, Adagio

Antonio Vivaldi - Concerto f-moll from The Four Seasons

Arnstein Johansen - Cornelli (polka)

Medard Ferrero - Averse

Polka Favorites

Latin Favorites

Joey Miskulin - Accordion Styles and Techniques (DVD)

Paris Musette - Freddy Balta and his Accordion

Teach Yourself To Play Accordion

Waltz Favorites

Metodo Per Fisarmonica (Accordion)

Latin American Dances

Richard Galliano - Opale Concerto - Parts

Vladimir Chernikov - Lonely Harmonica - Yablochko

Niccolo Paganini - Caprice No. 24 in A minor

Andrew Lloyd Webber - Memory

John A. Dallas - Helen Waltz

Maurice Larcange & Michel Mercier - Javaccordeon

Franck Angelis - Valse du Cloun

Franck Angelis - Impasse

Ole Schmidt - Toccata no. 1

Astor Piazzolla - Contrabajissimo - Score

Yann Tiersen - La Noyee

Jack Fina - Bumblebee Boogie

Vl. Zolotarev - Conteplating The Dionisian Frescoes of St. Ferapontov Monastery

Heitor Villa-Lobos - Dance of The White Indian

Filippo Marino - Cristina

Tony Murena & Louis Peguri - Joyeux Vagabond

Pietro Frosini - Spic and Span

Hans Brehme - Divertimento in F

Pietro Frosini - Accordion Jitters

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Score

Oscar Peterson - Laurentide Waltz (from The “Canadiana” suite)

Con Conrad & Herb Magidson - Midnight in Paris (bolero)

Samuel Barber - Adagio from String Quartet No. 1

Pietro Frosini - Love Smiles

Albin Repnikov - Concertino

Victor Vlasov - The Fest In Moldavanka

Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

Albert Vossen - Brusseles Laces

Yann Tiersen - Les Quatre Pieces

Frank Marocco - Appassionato

Che, bandoneon - 10 essential tango arrangements - Vol. 2

Astor Piazzolla - Cite Tango

Astor Piazzolla - Meditango

Astor Piazzolla - Un dia de paz

Astor Piazzolla - Libertango

Astor Piazzolla - Tres Tangos

Astor Piazzolla - Ave Maria

Astor Piazzolla - Concierto de Nacar - Score

Astor Piazzolla - Tangata del Alba

Accordion in Concert - Part II

Astor Piazzolla - Double Concerto - Score

Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

Jean Francaix - Concerto for accordion and orchestra

Isang Yun - Concertino for accordion and string quartet

Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

Astor Piazzolla - Adios Nonino for accordion orchestra and piano

Klezmer and Sephardic Tunes

Astor Piazzolla - Concerto Aconcagua for bandoneon, chamber orchestra and percussions - Parts

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A Little French Music
Aug., 3, 2010

We hear very little about French music over here in the UK, which is a great shame because I have a feeling that there's a vibrant scene of what I call 'Nouveau Chanson' going on.

Here's a lovely little animation for a gloriously rebellious song by a band called 'Les Ogres de Barback'.

And here's the same song played live, with help from another band called 'Les Hurlements D'Leo'.

Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter - March/April 2010
Aug., 3, 2010

Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter - March/April 2010                                                       
President: Johnny Coleclough   Vice Presidents: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, John Nixon & Walter Perrie
Stockport AC meets on Wednesday evenings at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1ND; MDs Derek Stubbs (SAC Band, 7 pm/8.30 pm) and Brian Jenkins (SAC Orchestra, 9pm/10.30 pm).
 
David Vernon, Club Night guest on April 21st - International Scottish maestro extraordinaire!
        
            The SAC Club Night concert on Wednesday April 21st stars David Vernon, from Edinburgh, making his first visit to us. Those of you who saw David Vernon last year at the ‘Accordions International 2009’ festival at Blackpool will know just what a class act he is – not only a brilliant and very entertaining accordionist, but also a very funny bloke indeed. His repertoire goes way beyond Scottish music, and includes music from many countries. The night before our Club Night, April 20th, David is the guest at North Staffs AC. I mention this because he is well worth seeing twice!! Admission is £5, and we begin at 8pm. The venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel Street/A560 Hyde Road, Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1ND (J25/M60). We need support players, so please bring your instruments.
            Future 2010 SAC Club Night concerts for your calendars/diaries include Rosemary Wright (May 19th), The Kyiv Duo (July 14th), Jovan Rjnak (September 8th), and Deirdre Adamson (October 6th). Make a note of these dates now, coz they’re all worth seeing…
            Our 2010 AGM, held February 17th, went smoothly, and John Jones was voted on to the Committee, which now reads: Chairman: Joan Campbell, Treasurer: Tony Wynroe, Secretary: Adrienne Sharpe, Social Secretary: Rob Howard, Members: Chris Green, Betty Molloy, Rachel White, Sarah Hodge, John Jones. Derek Stubbs was affirmed as the new SAC Band MD.
            The Tameside Junior Accordion Band, founded by Betty Pollard, is now run by SAC members Rachel White and Sarah Hodge. The TJAB recently entered the NAO North Central Accordion Festival to qualify for the UK Championships being held at the Metropole Hotel in Blackpool, April 24th/25th, and not only did the band come first in both of their sections but a number of the individuals scored highly in their solo sections.
The TJAB practice on Tuesday evenings at Taunton Sunday School on Newmarket Road, Ashton Under-Lyne, Lancashire, and will be looking for new members to join the band from May.  If anyone has any child interested in learning the accordion please contact Rachel White on 07849 797909, or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to know more.  Any donations are welcome and will help to fund the band activities.  
            The last Club Night featured the considerable combined talents of “The Dynamic Duo” Harry Hussey & Ken Astin, both playing acoustically, who treated us to  Moonlight in Vermont, Rosetta, What are doing the rest of your life?, Lara’s Theme, Moonlight Serenade/String of Pearls, I’m old fashioned, a French valse musette with no title (learned from YouTube!), Tritsch Tratsch Polka, How High the Moon, Carte Postale, Petite Fleur, The Petite Waltz, The Girl from Ipanema, The Nearness of You, The History of Love, Fine and Dandy, Wheels, Patricia, and Deep Purple. Their encore, to conclude a most entertaining evening, was Tangerine. Quite a number of our regular faces were missing, but we also had many newcomers. Harry pointed out that whilst this concert was part of his plan to play all the country’s accordion clubs during his 80th year, this was most definitely not his farewell tour! Johnny Coleclough contributed an extended spot on his customised Transichord, complete with flashing lights. His numbers included Granada/Lady of Spain, Musetta’s Waltz (La Boheme), Under Paris Skies, The Dark Island, The Shadow of Your Smile, and a lengthy Gershwin medley. Before he played The Dark Island, Johnny joked: “I don’t play much Scottish music, but my dentist is a Scot, so that probably makes me Scottish by extraction.”!
             Ken and Harry have just completed the recording of a new CD, Just Friends. A release date has yet to be announced, and details will follow in due course.
            The last Club Night was originally scheduled for January 13th, but called off due to the snow that made Stockport resemble Antarctica. I spent a lot of time on the phone and sending emails in an attempt to spread the word about the cancellation, yet some people still turned up for the concert. All I can do is say sorry, but I really did do my best to get the word around.
            Gillian (Curvis) Bebb, SAC Band keyboard player, is expecting a baby in August. We’re all delighted for Gillian and Wayne (and granddad-to-be John Curvis, of course!), and here’s hoping for a future new band member! Not to be outdone, Marj & I are pleased to announce that in September we also become grandparents as our Jane & Phil (Hamilton) are expecting. Jane is a former SAC Band member, so perhaps another accordionist is on the way?
             Bert Santilly is the guest at Chester AC, Tuesday March 30th, 8pm, at the Groves Sports & Social Club, Whitby, Ellesmere Port CH66 2NZ; info 0151 339 9850.
             Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham are at the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale M33 7ZF, on Wednesday March 31st, 8pm; box office 0161 912 5616 – tickets cost £13.50p.
           This year’s NAO UK Championships take place from April 23rd to 25th at The Metropole Hotel, North Shore, Blackpool (website: www.accordions.com/nao). 
            Heather Smith tells me that ‘Accordions International 2010’, scheduled for May 9th to 14th in Blackpool, has been cancelled due to unforeseen problems at the Norbreck Castle.
            Still on festivals, Marj & I attended the recent Eastbourne Accordion Festival. Bit of a long way, but an excellent weekend, with wall to wall squeezing. Coming home we stopped at the Hilton Park services on the M6, and on entering met Dr Hilary Jones, recently of Dancing on Ice fame. We exchanged some friendly banter with the Doc about ice skating, then he took my blood pressure for the cameras (which was 'normal', thankfully). He interviewed me about my state of health, and I might be on GMTV sometime...but then so might be 100 others! 
Tommy Scruton has now made available on CD approximately 45 LPs/EPs by Leo Aquino, Martin Lukins, Charles Magnante, John Molinari, Charles Camilleri, Toralf Tollefsen, and many other accordion ‘greats’. Each comes with enhanced sound quality plus original cover and artwork, and the list of what is available is constantly expanding. These CDs are available for a modest £8 each; for details tel (0161) 789 3799; email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
            John Higham now has the 2003 SAC Band & Orchestra Macclesfield concert + Finland’s ‘Primus Ikaalinen’ international competition on DVD (top class playing, even from the little kids – gives me a complex!); contact John on 0161 928 5994 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
           For sale: Allodi piano accordion - 72 bass, 5 treble couplers and 2 bass couplers (Rob: “I can email you a picture of this fine looking instrument”: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ); in excellent condition, completely overhauled 3 years ago; comes with a hard case plus a gig bag. Sell for £1,200 (negotiable). Tel Eva Kahan (0161) 720 6425; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it                           
            Local accordion teachers include: Tony Marchell – piano accordion or guitar, tel 0161 434 1933; Craig Bradley – 5-row button, piano accordion or piano, tel 0161 972 0248; Tommy Scruton – piano accordion, tel 0161 789 3799.
            For all piano or button accordion/melodeon/concertina repairs (acoustic or electronic), restorations, tunings, MIDI conversions, etc, contact (Allostock, near Knutsford, Cheshire-based) Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080; website: www.accordionmagic.com
             That’s about it for now, except to say that I hope you can make it see, hear and meet the very entertaining David Vernon. As they say on the quiz shows, have a good time till next time.
 
                                           Rob Howard (0161) 480 8858; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
                                          Accordion websites: UKAccordions - www.ukaccordions.co.uk

                                                   and  Accordions Worldwide - www.accordions.com
 
 
 
                                                                  An A to Z of the Accordion – Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4

 
These unique books are dedicated to the accordion and its close relatives, offering a wealth of articles and biographies. Included are articles written by such eminent authorities as Gary Blair, Charles Camilleri, Tony Compton, Gerald Crossman, Adrian Dante, Jack Emblow, Pearl Fawcett, George Garside, Ingrid Gould, Conway Graves, Johnny Handle, John Kirkpatrick, Charles Magnante, Mike O’Regan, Toralf Tollefsen, Douglas Ward, Charlie Watkins, Peter Whiteley, Francis Wright, Rosemary Wright, etc
An A to Z of the Accordion: Articles - Advice for the Aspiring Accordionist; Be a Better Player; Competing at Accordion Festivals; Composing & Arranging; Famous People Who Have Played the Accordion; French Musette; Looking after Your Harmonica; Improve Your Playing; Irish Traditional Music; Let’s Play Jazz; Magnante the Magnificent!; MIDI; Nostalgia; Playing For Others; Relaxation; Scotland’s Accordion Heritage Biographies – Larry Adler, Jimmy Blair, Chiz Bishop, Jack Emblow, Pearl Fawcett, Martin Lukins, Dermot O’Brien, Tommy Reilly, Jimmy Shand, Toralf Tollefsen, Francis Wright, Rosemary Wright, and many more…
An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 2: Articles - The Story of the Accordion Bands; Accordion Heritage; Which Accordion – Button or Piano?; The Art of Accompaniment; Bellows Control; British Chromatic Accordion; Diatonics & Dancing;  French Musette Stars, Past & Present; Inside Your Accordion; Instrument Reviews; Ireland’s Accordion Heritage; A History of the Concertina;  Looking After Your Accordion; Memorising; Memory Lane; Playing for Scottish Country Dance Classes; Scottish Scene; Some Hints On Sight Reading, etc Biographies: Allodi family, Tom Alexander, George Barton, Harriet Bartlett, Joe Burke, Capaldi Brothers, Bernadette Conlon, Bobby Crowe, Matt Cunningham, Shirley Evans, Mick Foster, Geraldo, Conway Graves, Lisa-Lee Leslie, Paolo Soprani, Art Van Damme, Charles Wheatstone, Colin Whitfield, etc…
An A to Z of the Accordion, Volume 3: Articles - Accordion Clubs, Accordions – Then & Now; Accordion Tunings; Accordion Festivals Revisited; Accordions in the Theatre; The Art of Busking; The Art of Conducting; Bal Musette; Diary of a Visit to Paris; Irish Ceili Bands; From Russia With Love; Memorising & Aural Training; The Musical Heritage of Thomas Hardy; Practising (3 archive articles, by Pearl Fawcett, Toralf Tollefsen, Kenneth Hacking); Roland Virtual Accordion; Scottish Dance Bands; Tales & Trivia; The White Heather Club; Use Those Couplers!; Vocal Accompaniment; Writing & Arranging, etc Biographies: Peter Ayers, Joss Baselli (Jo Basile), Julie Best, Ronald Binge, Bill Black, Charles Camilleri, Johnny Coleclough, John Leslie, Francis Mabbutt, Roya MacLean, Iain MacPhail, Will Hannah, Lindsay Ross, Heather Smith, etc…
An A to the Z of the Accordion, Volume 4: Articles - Accordion - a few playing tips; Accordion in Retrospect; Accordion Manufacturing Process; Accordion Museum; The accordion with other instruments; Beltona Records; Diatonic Musings; Double Acts – Alexander Bros, Foster & Allen, etc; International Stars of the Accordion; Irish Traditional Playing; The Italian Connection; The Jazz Accordionists; Memories of Don Destefano; Memorising; Paris Musette;  Playing From Piano Music; Getting to grips with the Roland Virtual Accordion; Shand Morino; Tips for Practising and Playing Solos, etc  Biographies: Brian Bayliss, Elaine Beecham, Don & Rico Destefano, Blair Douglas, Emilio, Richard Galliano, Ron Hodgson, Eddy Jay, Flaco Jimenez, Ronnie Kennedy, Shona Kipling, Maurice Larcange, Roy Magna, Margaret Mitchell, Owen Murray, Máirtín O’Connor, Brendan Power, Billy Reid, Donal Ring, Pete Shutler, Will Starr, Emile Vacher, Valentino, Mika Väyrynen, Romano Viazzani, Douglas Ward, etc…
 
A grand total of 900+ articles & biographies, and 700 pictures!!

 £15 per volume (post free, UK), cheques payable to Rob Howard
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Special offer – all 4 volumes ordered together for only £45 (post free, UK)
 
Rob Howard, 42 Avondale Road, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9NY
 
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BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION & MUSIC CLUB - February 22nd Report
Aug., 3, 2010

Mauro Carra - Barry Smith - Romano Viazzani

BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION & MUSIC CLUB

 

FEBUARY 22ND

Monday the 22nd of February was the night that Romano Viazzani was booked as our guest player but at the last moment the plan was switched. Romano very kindly decided to bring along his friend, Mauro Carra to entertain in his place. Mauro was over here for the Eastbourne Festival and Romano was helping him out with a hastily arranged tour. We were very happy to go along with this arrangement as Romero was agreeable to an alternative booking later in the year. Our members were very quickly informed by post and by E mail of the change of plan. If only all our members were on the internet we  could save a bomb on postal charges. The message to them was, 'BOGOF', buy one get one free, because we were getting two world class players for the price of one. This was the message I sent out, urging everyone to bring a friend along to take advantage of this offer. Unfortunately the proximity of the Eastbourne programme clashed with us resulting in quite a few regulars being unable to make it in time. The threat of the weather, the seasonal colds and virus problems also helped reduce the turnout. Nothing however reduced the quality of Mauros' performance and some of our visitors who had not seen or heard him play before were very impressed. Some of them actually went to have a close look at him after I informed them that he had six fingers on his right hand. Mauros' rendering of the Carnival of Venice can only be described as fantastic. Czardas, the accordionist enthusiasts favourite, also featured on Mauros' programme, I loved his rendering of the 'Take the A Train'. Towards the end of the second half of the evenings' programme Romano joined Mauro and they settled down to entertain us with a duet. There were murmurs of approval from the audience when Romano announced that they would play ' Il Silenzio Fuori Ordinanza'. The evening was a remarkable satisfying and successful event and most certainly will encourage our non playing visitors to return.  As all club organisers are aware the cost of running a club can spiral, meeting the expenses of guest players, insurance and renting the clubroom is a challenge. A little fund raising tip, we now run a Tote, people 'throw a pound in the pot' and the winning ticket gets half of the contents. It pays the rent anyway. We are very grateful to our members who turn up with raffle prizes and also make cash donations.

ROSEMARY WRIGHT  will be our guest player on April 28th. For more information contact

Barry Smith 0121 559 4620  or E mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

  Lou Ambrose   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

CELEBRATIONS at The BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION CLUB
Aug., 3, 2010

CELEBRATIONS at The BLACK COUNTRY ACCORDION CLUB

January 25th. was our big night and we had a really good turnout to celebrate our first 12 months 'trading'. A buffet was provided and drinks were on the house.We had quite a few local visitors who came to see what was going on. No doubtfree food and drinks were part of the attraction. At great risk of repeating myselfyet again I admit that accordionists and enthusiasts of the accordion are rather thinon the ground so if we can entice normal people into the club and then entertainthem with accordion music amongst other things then we stand a chance of slowly educating the general public on the merits of the accordion. Once again, repeating the same old words that the public regard the accordion as pub and street corner entertainment, we must educate them otherwise. I interviewed dear old Charlie Watkins back in 1995 who said those very words. Barry and I know that slowly but surely we are succeeding as we have won over a number of 'outsiders'. As I organize the raffle, amongst other things, I was very pleased to accept an  endless supply of raffle prizes from members and visitors.This made the display a very worthwhile project, atracting much interest.  We were helped in our hour of need by the evergreen Steve Roxton who soon won over our visitors with his playing and singing. Steve was our guest on the launch of our new club and returned to celebrate with us. He very quickly had the audience singing along together with arm waving. He always entertains with so much variety in his programme, especially with his songs with vocals in both French and Russian, amongst others. Our compere for the night was our friend and supporter, the hilariously funny Tommy Mundon, local comedian. Tommy brought his friend Marlene, who is a local Black Country comedienne. Some of our visitors needed a translator to help them understand Marlenes' anecdotes because she is a true wench from the Black Country, but this did not seem to be of importance because between them they had the audience shrieking with laughter at the jokes. A surprise visitor was Alan Young who came with Rob Beecroft. Alan came without  his accordion but he was soon playing with a borrowed instrument. The nights entertainment was summed up by some visitors who were overheard chatting afterwards and the comments were, "two comedians, a singer and accordion player, another player and free food and drink, how do they do it?" There was a slight influx of new members but our target is to double the present  number in the coming year. Anyone out there who enjoys a nights entertainment and would like to join Barrys' Band would be very welcome and should contact Barry right away on 0121 559 4620.

Lou Ambrose

The Black Country Accordion & Music Club
Meet on the 4th Monday of every month at:-
Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Regis
 B65 9AT
Email Barry Smith - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Tel: Barry on 0121-559-4620
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NAO Composers’ Competition, 2010
Nov., 17, 2009
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The NAO Composers’ Competition 2010
Full details available 1 December 2009
Closing Date for Entries 14th March 2010
 
NAO Composers’ Competition, 2010Entries are invited for the NAO Composers’ Competition to be held at the UK Championships, Blackpool, on the 25th April, 2010Entries, which can be for any of the following sections, should be submitted by the 28th February:·  Professional Solo·  Amateur Solo·  Junior Solo 18 and under (for those currently studying for A levels / higher), ·  Junior Solo 16 and under  (for those currently studying for GCSE / Standards)·  Junior Solo 12 and under·  Duet/EnsembleA recording of the composition is required with the entry and the composer should be either prepared to play the piece at the event or arrange for someone else to do so.  If no player is available the recording may be used as a last resort.Full definitions and rules are attached and are also available on the following  link  - Click Here!    This will be the second year for the competition to be held by the NAO, being previously organized by the North Staffs Accordion Club. In 2009 the event whilst not attracting quantity, attracted good quality entries. Winners of the previous competition back in 2006, Martina Schwartz and Ian McColl both defending their respective professional and amateur titles with new compositions.One new aspect that must be an attraction to potential composers is the opportunity to have their work published or used as NAO test pieces in future years. From the last competition the following are being published by Charnwood Music Publishing Company:¾    “Belle Sourire” by Karolyn Broadhead, prizewinner in the Professional Category¾    “The Solitary Reaper” (to be renamed “Celtic Legend”) by Sue Coppard another prizewinner in the Professional Category, ¾    “Teddy’s in Town” by Ian McColl prizewinner of the Amateur Category and ¾    “Jessica’s Jest” by Steve Hughes prizewinner of the Ensemble Category.Whilst there were no entries in the Junior Section at the event in 2009 many young accordionists took an interest in this new NAO competition given work they were undertaking in schools for examinations. As a result, the NAO Executive has amended the structure creating new sections (as listed above) to take on board the different level of school examinations. It is now planned to host this competition on a regular annual basis during the UK Championships event and the NAO are sure that this category of competition will develop to provide quality new repertoire for the accordion.  Continuity is being maintained from the North Staffs Accordion Club event through use of the same trophies. NAO National Composers’ Competition Rules 2010THE COMPETITION(S)·         The composition must be played on an acoustic accordion with either a button or piano keyboard.·         Pieces can be written in any style eg. Classical, Blues or Jazz style suitable for any age group but must not be arrangements of already published material.·         The composer may not necessarily be a single person.  A composition by a partnership or group of people is acceptable Section 1 SOLO(a)   Professional Solo (CS1)For a composition (unpublished) by an entrant who has won the Amateur Section (as organised by the North Staffs Accordion Club / NAO) on two consecutive occasions, or on 1st January 2010: (a) teaches music for a living, either on a part-time or full time basis, or (b) has had two or more compositions published for purchase in their own right i.e. not just an inclusion in a Magazine.(b)   Amateur Solo (CS2)For a composition (unpublished) by an entrant who does not fall under the definition of “professional” above, irrespective of age.(c)   Junior Solo (CS3)For a composition (unpublished) by an entrant falling under the “amateur” definition aged 18 and under (as of the 30th April 2010) This Junior section will be subdivided into age groups: 18 & Under (for those currently studying for A levels / higher), 16 & Under     (for those currently studying for GCSE / Standards) and 12 & Under  - subject to the number of entries.)Section 2 DUET / ENSEMBLE (CE)For a composition (unpublished) written for two, three or more accordion parts.All entries will also be graded by the NAO and the adjudicators will be asked to consider their suitability for submission (if subsequently published) to the NAO Music Committee as Test Pieces in NAO sections in future years. Solo / Duet compositions would also be submitted to the BCA for consideration in future examination syllabi.  ENTRIES(a)  Official Entry Forms must be used (available from 1st December 2009), which must reach the NAO by the 28th February 2010, accompanied by the appropriate Fees - Reduced entry fee concessions apply only to fully paid up NAO members. (b)  A recorded version, CD, DVD or Audio Cassette should accompany the Entry Form. (Candidates are encouraged to take care with the quality of the recording).RULES(a)   All competitors must be UK citizens or residents.(b)   The composition is to be entirely original and not breach any copyright.(c)   The composition may be for single or multiple accordion, or accordion with other instrument(s) where the accordion Predominately takes the lead.(d)   Compositions submitted are to be no more than 5 minutes in duration.(e)   Competitors may enter at most TWO compositions into each section.(f)     It is strongly advised that entrants ORGANISE for their composition to be performed live at the competition which will be held on Sunday 25th April 2010 in the Metropole Hotel, Blackpool. This avoids a problem if no player is available to play the piece the submitted recording being used as a substitute.  (g)   Bass stave [with chords depicted as either a) a single note plus chord symbol, or b) chord, with or without the chord symbol] must be included.(h)   Lyrics may be included but it is the music that will be judged only. Care not to exceed the 5 minute maximum time limit should be taken when numerous verses are included.(i)      It would be ideal if the Composition is submitted in Computer format however a hand-written submission on manuscript paper is acceptable. Neat work is requested and points may be deducted for untidy submissions.  The piece should have its name, the name of the composer(s), and include the words “Copyright” followed by composer’s name and the year. During the Competition the Composition will be known only by a number, the Composers name will not be known to the Adjudication Panel or Audience.(j)      A recording CD or DVD of the entry is to be included with the accordion part played on acoustic accordion with no electronic accompaniment (other than bass and/or Electronium in the case of a band or group). This recording is not judged as part of the competition but is required a) to confirm that the composition is playable, and b) as a guide to the adjudicator as to what is intended by the composer and c) if no player is available to play the piece at the live performance the recording may be used as a substitute.  ADJUDICATION  Will be under the auspices of the NAO - The competition is for the best composition, not the best performance.Subject to the number of entries an Elimination process may apply  prior to the event.The results will be an average of the Adjudicators marks. The Adjudicator’s report will award total points taking into consideration Technical Accuracy—Originality—Overall Content— Edit — Form—PresentationPROTESTS connected with this category must made in writing and handed to the organiser before the end of the festival. In an event of the dispute not being resolved during the festival, a formal written protest may be sent within one month to the NAO Secretariat, who will refer the matter to the Executive Committee for arbitration. Their decision will be final.In the event of any entry knowingly or otherwise breaching copyright it will be withdrawn after consultation with the Composer concerned.   
Accordions International - Great Success!
Nov., 17, 2009
Full report to follow with photos of this magnificent event that took place last weekend at Seacroft, Hemsby Norfolk. The event was well supported, with a virtual 100 percent increase on visitors numbers from last year. The event ran like clockwork and the variety of artistes both International and Home Bred did not dissappoint the many hundreds of visitors to this wonderful accordion weekend. Malcom Gee would certainly have been proud the way that Heather Smith has continued to develop on his his original "Caister Festival" festival format. 
Jack Emblow The Guv'ner is at "Accordions International"
ACCORDIONS INTERNATIONAL 2009
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13th-16th November 2009
 A Weekend FULL of Accordion Magic!
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Last Minute Reservations: Tel: 01780 782093 - Ask for Sue!
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Jack Emblow (The Guv'ner) & Tony Compton
Wayne Robertson
Giancarlo Caporilli
Gianni Mirizzi
Gennaro Ruffolo
Harry Hussey
Bert Santilly
Peter Ayers
Norvic Concordia

Workshops
Masterclasses
Orchestras
Jam Sessions
Busking
Trade Stands
Dance & Cabaret in the Evenings.
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Alan Young will demonstrate the Roland FR7XAccordion at Accordions International 2009
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Alan Young will demonstrate the Roland FR7XAccordion at Accordions International 2009
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13th-16th November2009
 A Weekend FULL of Accordion Magic!
This is the annual Autumn Accordion Festival,
started many years ago by the late Malcolm Gee
 and now brilliantly organised by Heather Smith.
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Malcolm Gee & Danielle Pauly
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The festival has now moved from Caister to:-
Seacroft Holiday Village
A fabulous new venue - The Seacroft Holiday Village - for our pre Christmas annual Accordion Extravaganza. Enjoy this weekend of total accordion indulgence and relax with your friends in these delightful surroundings.
 The cost includes full board,full table service, and a choice of accomodation:
                                           Economy - Standard - Crown - Premier Class.
All venues are ground level, making it ideal for the more mature/disabled accordion enthusiasts.
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Last Minute Bookings  Call Sue on 01780 782093
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City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and 6 accordionists!
Nov., 17, 2009
Hi Everyone
 
To anyone in the area tonight and tomorrow night (14th/15th October) Birmingham sees 6 accordionists team up with the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a cracking concert featuring Prokoviev's Cantata on the 20th anniversary of the october revolution.
The accordions are played by Owen Murray and 5 of his students of the RAM and the technically difficult parts normally played by 8 accordionists are made all the more difficult when they are covered by only 6 accordionists.
  Well worth seeing and hearing this marvellous work.
Also on the programme is Berlioz's wonderful Requiem - Grand Messe Des Morts, which utilises huge orchestral forces all ably conducted by Giergiev Marinsky.
 
 
All the best
 
Romano
Two great orchestras and choruses come together for a once-in-a lifetime event when East meets West under conductor Valery Gergiev – memorably described as “so highly charged that you could probably run the National Grid from a cable attached to his baton” (The Times). Berlioz’s Requiem is one of the most gigantic works in the repertoire, with four extra brass bands; and Prokofiev’s Cantata includes an accordion ensemble, alarm bells, cannon-shots, sirens and a speaker with megaphone who is the voice of Lenin.BBC Music magazine’s Editor Oliver Condy explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert: “Concert-goers who spy Russian conductor Valery Gergiev on the programme need never hesitate, particularly if repertoire like this is involved! This concert is sure to be the ultimate roof-raiser.”Listen to the Classic FM podcast hereThis concert is promoted jointly by the CBSO and THSH (and also forms part of the CBSO Season).
Special discounts apply – please check when booking.
Choir, Stalls front four rows, Grand Tier Boxes, Upper Circle Boxes, Platform Boxes and Chorus Boxes not available.14 and 15 October 6.15pm Pre-concert talk – Prokofiev and Berlioz
An introduction to tonight’s epic programme.£5 – £48
Craven Accordion Orchestra - Oleg Sharov - Sell-Out Success!
Nov., 17, 2009
Олег Шаров - Баян гения
Oleg Sharov pictured above at Glusburn Institute - North YorkshireLast night (Tuesday 13th October 2009) over a hundred people were treated to an exhibition of the highest quality of musicianship at Glusburn Institute, in North Yorkshire. Oleg Sharov, Senior Professor of Music at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory of Music, St Petersburg was guest artiste at a concert hosted by the Craven Accordion Orchestra. Oleg's repertoire consisted of classic numbers like Bach’s Toccata in D minor and Largo al Factotum from the Barber of Seville through to jazz standards like Take the A train. He also used the occasion to introduce us to newer accordion works. This was complemented by some wonderful arrangements of Russian Folk songs. The evening came to a close with an exquisite performance of Astor Piazolla’s Oblivion. The comments of accordionists and non accordionists alike were unanimous in their enjoyment of the evening. Report by Graham Waterhouse, Craven Accordion Orchestra.
West Sussex Accordion Club - Meetings
Nov., 17, 2009
 
West Sussex Accordion Club - "Players Evenings"
Meeting dates as follows:
Thursday 19th November - 7.00pm
Thursday 10th December - 7.00pm
Thursday 21st January - 7.00pm
Thursday 11th February - 7.00pm
 
The "Players Evenings" will be held at
The Rider Hall Lounge,
St Andrew's Church, Cants Lane, Burgess Hill, 
West Sussex, RH15 0LG
Sue Bennett
 
All accordionists are welcome to attend (please bring your accordion with you),
for further information or directions to the hall, please call Sue on 01444-239656
 
The Corner Laughers, Ultraviolet Garden
Nov., 17, 2009
Our friends, The Corner Laughers, have just released their second album, Ultraviolet Garden, available from their website and iTunes. Anna is featured playing accordion on one track, and she also did the album art!During production of the track “Dead Sicilians,” the band brought Anna (and her accordion) on board to give the song an authentic Italian feel. From the decorative accents to the frenzied climax, the accordion really packs a punch. Check it out!The Corner Laughers: Dead Siciliansmp3
MP3 Monday: Bette & Wallet
Nov., 17, 2009
Bette & Wallet is the Canadian duo of Mary Beth Carty (accordion) and Gabriel Ouellette (fiddle, guitar). Hopping seamlessly between English and French, Bette & Wallet mix their Nova Scotian and Qubcois roots with klezmer, Cajun, Irish, and blues to create a colorful musical patchwork you can dance to. Mary Beth uses the term ‘musique recycle’ to describe their music — the art of combining traditional melodies with contemporary folklore — and its an apt description for their vibrant, authentic brand of folk. The duo has already earned Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and invitations to festivals in France and Canada.Bette & Wallet: Squeegeesmp3Buy Voici… by Bette & Wallet
Oleg Sharov & Harry Hussey @ Guildford Accordion Club , Surrey UK Friday 23rd October 2009
Oct., 29, 2009
Professor Oleg Sharov - Accordionist Genius!
Олег Шаров - Баян гения
Your last chance to see the amazing Oleg Sharov as he ends his UK tour at Guildford A/C
Oleg Sharov & Harry Hussey
are the very special guest artistes at:-The Guildford Accordion Club on Friday 23rd October 2009Doors Open at 7pm (be early for a good seat)The Ripley Village Hall - Ripley
Near Guildford - Surrey - GU23 6AF
  Also featuring The Tillingbourne Accordion OrchestraRipley is close to junction 10 of the M25 then follow the A3 and take the first junction on your left and follow the signs to Ripley Village.Or set your Satnav to this postcode: GU23 6AF Click here for a map & directions! 
Admission is"great value" at just £4.00including tea/coffee & biscuits (and sometimes a nice slice of cake) but always at Guildford Accordion Club with lashings of friendly Accordionistic Camaraderie presented by your friendly compere John Cumiskey!
John Cumiskey - Guildford Accordion Club Compere
Tel 0208 546 1767 (John Cumiskey)Information/Directions: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  Web:http://www.guildford-accordion-club.org.uk/
"Duo Accordeon Melancolique" - Free London Concert Thursday 8th October @ 4.30pm
Oct., 29, 2009
Jean-Pierre Guiran & Cherie de Boer
"Duo Accordeon Melancolique"are doing a free accordion concert
 tomorrow 8th October,if anyone is in town.
Lovely venue and free entry.
 
Grosvenor Chapel

Thursday 8th October 4:30 pm,
Grosvenor Chapel 
24  S. Audley Street,

Watch and listen to his new video page:
"Duo Accordeon Melancolique"  
Dear UKAO,

Looking for something special?

"Duo Accordeon Melancolique" will give a concert in London in Grosvenor Chapel on Thursday the 8th October starting at 16:30hrs
Do you see any possibility to organise an extra concert during our stay?
We will arrive on October 7th at 22:33hrs

We will leave early monday morning 12th at 6:00 am

Hope to hear from you,
All the best,

Jean-Pierre Guiran & Cherie de Boer

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Video's and Website http://www.acmel.nl/am/accordion/am-video-e.htm


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Southern Area Accordion Festival - Saturday 31st October 2009
Oct., 29, 2009
NAO Southern Area Accordion Festival
Saturday October 31st 2009 - from 9.30am
Bob Downer - Festival Organiser
 
Accordionists of all ages (Solos-Duets-Groups-Bands)
will be competing for trophies and qualification
 for the National NAO Championship Finals next year in Blackpool.
You are invited to join our audience for a day packed with
Southern Accordion Talent! 
 
 
Colin Whitfield - Adjudicator
 
Douglas Ward - Adjudicator
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Information from organiserBob Downer Tel: 01202 - 885192
 
Saturday 31st October 2009
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Ample Car Parking/Refreshments/Raffle
A Great Family Day Out.
All are welcome!
Martin Taylor - Special Royal Albert Hall Concert - Sunday 25th October 2009
Oct., 29, 2009
.Martin Taylor will be performing a special concert on the 25th Oct at London's Royal Albert Hall with his group Spirit of Django. The event will mark the announcement of the first Spirit of Django album and tour in 14 years which will take place in Spring 2010. The Spirit of Django line-up for the Royal Albert Hall  will include Martin Taylor , Alison Burns,Jack Emblow, James Taylor, John Goldie and Terry Gregory while the tour in 2010 will also see Alan Barnes joining the group.

The show will also feature Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Jan Akkerman, Melanie C, Paul Carrack, Kiki Dee, Chris Difford, Georgie Fame, Robin Gibb, Mark King and Mike Lindup (Level 42), Mick Hucknall and some Very Special Guests. Click on the link below to find out more details about booking tickets.

http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/helping-the-heart-of-music/default.aspx 
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