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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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Start ‘Em Young: Pint Size Polkas
Mar., 1, 2009
We’re just starting to explore the vast world of children’s music, but Pint Size Polkas by Uncle Mike and his Polka Band already sounds like a must-have for our collection.

Creator and Wisconsin polka musician Mike Schneider first heard polka music when he was five years old and, even then, the bouncy rhythms made a lasting impression. He recorded Pint Size Polkas “to help children and their families discover the good, clean fun that you will experience with polka music.” With songs like “Alphabet Polka,” “Numbers Schottische,” and “Tiny Bubbles in the Tub,” children will learn about the alphabet, numbers, and even hygiene while dancing to a polka beat.

If you’re in the Midwest, keep an eye on your local news — Mike’s been doing a number of local TV appearances over the past few weeks. If you miss those appearances, you can catch the video for “Jolly Lumberjack Polka” on YouTube.

Uncle Mike and his Polka Band: Jolly Lumberjack Polkamp3

Buy Pint Size Polkas by Uncle Mike and his Polka Band

Rene Sopa - New CD
Mar., 1, 2009

New CD - Click Here!

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http://www.renesopa.com          Tel : +33(0)6 16 53 26 35

Accordions at Morley College - News Update
Feb., 9, 2009


We start again after the Christmas break next Friday, 6.30 for 7.00 as usual.  

We'll be starting work on Rhapsody in Blue.

This term's meeting dates will be:

6th & 13th February, 6th & 13th March, 3rd April

Fees unchanged at £7 (£4 concessions) per session, or (preferably) join for the term at £28 (£16 concessions).

Look forward to seeing lots of you then!

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

http://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/

Eastbourne Accordion Festival is just a fortnight away!
Feb., 9, 2009

Eastbourne Accordion weekend at The Queens Hotel

Your Last Chance to book for this fabulous packed weekend

 of "Accordion Talent" (10 Artistes) and "Accordionistic Camaraderie"

For information/bookings - please call: 01323-733700 (John or Jackie)

Friday 20th February - Monday 23rd February 2009

Give John or Jackie a bell on 01323-733700

Artistes

Steve Roxton     Stefan Andrusyschyn    

Ian Watson      Julie North 

Angie Lukins        Richard Adey    

Harry Hussey     Antonio Spacccarotella  

 Gennaro Fiondella    John Romero

Teachers
Sue Bennett     Gennaro Fiondella

     Harry Hussey     Angie Lukins

     Julie North     Trevani     Ian Watson

Organisations and Traders
The Accordion Shop     Carillon Studios

      Stan Mayhew     Trevani Music & Gifts     UKAO

The PARIS - MOSCOW DUO announces the release of their new DVD
Feb., 9, 2009

http://www.accordions.com/duo/

 
Programme du DVD:
 
1) W. Mozart "Adagio" du concerto en La majeur                               
 
2) N. Risol "Kazachok" (variations sur un thème Ukrainien)                          
 
3) Arrgt. M. Larcange "Coucou"                                                    
 
4) G. Dittel "Fantaisie Russe"                                                           
 
5) J. Baselli / J. Rossi    "Boutade"                                                     
 
6) A. Shalayev  L'hiver                                                                        
 
7) A. Piazzolla "Ave Maria" 
                                                                
 8) J. S. Bach "Scherzo" (Badinerie) 
                                               
 
Yorkshire Accordion & Music Festival - 7th February 2009
Jan., 20, 2009
This year the annual Yorkshire Accordion and Music festival is being held on Saturday 7th February at the usual venue of Victoria Hall in Saltaire and features the NAO North Central Accordion Championships, Festival Championships, Trade stands and a family fun Ceilidh with the Rob Thorn Band.Competition adjudicators include Djordje Gajic, Ken Farren, Ray Bodell, Karolyn Broadhead, Graham Waterhouse and Andrew Fearnley and we are already looking at beating last years record number of 335 entries.Entry to come watch during the day is free and details/maps/acommodation details can be found on the Yorkshire Accordion and Music Festival website at www.yamf.co.uk.This year the Ceilidh is with the Rob Thorn Band - it's always really good fun, a great laugh and we get a great mixture of all ages coming to all our Ceilidhs. There will also be a guest spot from Thom Hardaker who is a local lad who is currently studying over in Russia.Tickets for the Ceilidh in advance are £5 for Adults, £3 for Concessions or £15 for a family ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children). On the door Adults £6, Concessions £4. The ticket price includes a late bar, some food, ceilidh dancing (with someone telling you how to do it!) and if you book early enough and live on route a free coach. Bargain!The coach will probably be going from Skipton - Cross Hills - Steeton - Keighley - Saltaire from about 7.15pm and coming back 12.15-12.30am. Coach booking is on a first come first served basis. Contact Danny Hinchcliffe to confirm coach booking ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )If you'd like tickets please contact Richard Smith ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it / 07910 280943) or Danny Hinchcliffe ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it / 07927 413681) or tickets can be purchased from Cross Hills Post Office or the Craven School of Music.It's going to be a great night and would be great to see you all, please invite all your friends/family - let them know if you think they'd be interested and let us know soon if you want tickets. 
Gary Blair - New CD - "A Chip off the Old Block" - Available from UKAO on 8th February 2009
Jan., 20, 2009
Click Here to Order Your Own Copy!
Track 1 " Anna Polka " Track 2 " The Rose " Track 3 " Vacances Tyroliennes " Track 4 " Czardas "Track 5 " Tutto Pepe " Track 6 " The Hen's March to the midden and The Chicken reel" Track 7 " Marietta "Track 8 " Heidi's Waltz" and "The Levear Waltz" Track 9 " Dizzy Accordion " Track 10 " Retour des Hirondelles "Track 11 " Preludio" Track 12 " Minka" Track 13 " Carrickfergus" Track 14 " Clarinet Polka "Track 15 " Das Kufsteiner Lied "Gary Blair Jnr plays 1st accordion and solo on Tracks 1,,4,5,7,9,10Gary Blair Snr plays 1st Accordion and solo on Tracks 2, 3,6,8,12,13,14,15This new exciting CD @ £12.99 (Incl. UK Postage),features father and son for the very first time on disc, is available from the UKAO CD Shop - Click Here from Sunday 8th February 2009 and also will be for sale on:- Gary Blair's 10th "Tour Down South" - 8th - 15th February 2009.Information from: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Click here to watch a video of the talented Father & Son!
You can learn more about Gary Blair at his web site 
Gary Blair - Father & Son - both UK Bell Trophy Champions!
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Composer Charles Camilleri passes away in Malta on 3 January 2009 aged 77.
Jan., 20, 2009
Professor Charles Camilleri
Composer Charles Camilleri passes away. Long acknowledged Maltese composer Charles Camilleri died on Saturday morning, aged 77.Mro Camilleri, started his career in his teenage years composing a number of works based on Maltese folk tales and legends. Camilleri is today recognized as one of the major composers of his generation. He has moved from his early influences by Maltese folk music to a musical form in which nothing is fixed and his compositions evolve from themselves with a sense of fluency and inevitability.

He has composed over 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, voice and solo instruments. Camilleri's work has been performed throughout the world and his research of folk music and improvisation, the influences of the sounds of Africa and Asia, together with the academic study of European music, have helped him create a universal style.  He has over 300 compositions, half of which are recorded on some 36 CDs, sold all over the world. 
   From Valerie Fenech   In 1949 at the age of 18 from Malta, Charles together with his parents Carl & Josephine and little sister Yvonne migrated to Australia. They settled in Sydney in the early 1950’s. Charles made a name for himself with the piano accordion. He made appearances on the Showboat, Tivoli, & Theatre weekly shows at Eden Park. His many concerts, radio shows etc. He taught music at Nicholson’s in the city and Gallaghers at Parramatta. He went to entertain the troops in Korea. At this time he was so very well known, together with Enzo Toppano, Gus Menzie, Tommy Tyco & Jeff Harvey etc. After achieving everything he possibly could in Australia, he ventured out in 1954 to try his luck overseas. There he became very well known not only in his birthplace Malta and all over Europe, but London, Canada & America.He leaves his wife Doris, son Charles, daughter Anya, 5 grandchildren in Malta and his only sister Yvonne Attard in Sydney Australia.From Yvonne Attard – sister of Professor Charles Camilleri who passed away in Malta on 3 January 2009 aged 77.
MP3 Monday: The Gourds
Jan., 20, 2009
It’s hard to believe we haven’t mentioned The Gourds before, but the release of their excellent new album, Haymaker!, is the perfect occasion to make amends. Hailing from the musical melting pot of Austin, the Gourds’ music runs the gamut from straight country to swamp rock to Cajun, with a few stops along the way. As the Gourds enter their second decade, they continue to extend their fanbase with a reputation built on clever, heavily-referential lyrics and high-energy live performances.Today’s download is “Country Love,” the opening track from Haymaker! In addition to Claude Bernard’s accordion, it features some of my favorite star-gazing lyrics since Wilco’s “California Stars.”The Gourds: Country Lovemp3Buy Haymaker! by The Gourds
Blair Kilpatrick’s Accordion Dreams
Jan., 20, 2009
I love hearing stories of how people fell in love with the accordion, so I’m really looking forward to Blair Kilpatrick’s new book, Accordion Dreams: A Journey into Cajun and Creole Music. Kilpatrick was a happily settled psychologist, wife, and mother when a trip to New Orleans sparked a passion for Cajun music and the accordion. Today, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area — the largest Cajun/zydeco scene outside of Louisiana — and plays accordion in her own Cajun-Creole band, Sauce Piquante.The book details Kilpatrick’s pursuit of her unlikely obsession with Cajun culture and the accordion, from the Chicago’s Cajun dance scene to a folk music camp in West Virginia and trips to Louisiana and even France. But it’s really about embracing new experiences and how you can chase your dreams at any age.“… I moved the bellows just a little, my finger depressing a single white button, one of the low notes on the treble side. I bent my ear close. There—I heard it! A throaty whisper that promised to turn into the real thing once I really let go. I could already picture it, and I could practically feel it: bellows pumping, air rushing, all four reeds vibrating in the thrilling growl and wail of a Cajun accordion in full voice. The accordion of my dreams.”If you live in the Bay Area, there’ll be a release/dance party for the book on February 10th at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. The event will include a reading, book signing, and a performance by Sauce Piquante.
Black Country Accordion Club - Monday 26th January 2009 - Steve Roxton
Jan., 20, 2009
A brand new accordion club, the Black Country Accordion and Music Club, based at the Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, Birmingham B65 9AT, opens on January 26th with a concert featuring Steve Roxton

The organiser is professional accordionist Barry Smith, and meetings will be held on the fourth Monday of the month. The guest artistes booked to date include:

January 26th – Steve Roxton
February 23rd – Alan Young
March 23rd – North Staffs Accordion Band
April 27th – Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

For further information email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Dear UKAO, I have been told to write to you by Mr Rob Howard who as you know writes some very good books on the accordion. We are starting a new Black Country Accordion and Music Club and our meetings will normally be held at Rowley Regis Disability Centre, Rowley Village, Rowley Regis, B65 9AT. on the fourth Monday of the Month. Our opening night will be Monday 26th January 2009 when we shall have the Mayor of Sandwell opening our club, entertaining will be Mr Steve Roxton from Jersey and the well known Black country comedian Mr Tommy Mundon.Monday January 26th we have Steve Roxton from Jersey.Monday February 23rd we have Alan Young entertaining from the Isle of Wight.Monday March 23rd March we have the North Staffs Accordion BandMonday April 27th Pearl Fawcett - Adriano will be entertaining us. We are trying to get a cross section of players to please all musical tastes and to try to encourage youngsters to take up the accordion, any help that you can give us to publicise the club would be very much appreciated. Very Many Thanks for your help! Yours faithfully ,  Barry Smith - Chairman
Gary Blair - Internet Accordion Lessons
Jan., 20, 2009
Gary Blair - International performer, adjudicator & teacherGary Blair is now teaching student's in America and the UK via the internet using the latest webcam technology.For information about "internet accordion lessons"  - plse contact Gary on This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   Tel: 07813 - 712594
An Historic Free-Reeds Collection
Jan., 14, 2009
It’s been awhile since we’ve mentioned it, but if you’re into the history of free-reed instruments, concertina.com is a treasure trove of research, photos, sheet music, and much more. A perfect example is Stephen Chambers’ excellent “Annotated Catalogue of Historic European Free-Reed lnstruments from my Private Collection.” From olinas and mouth organs to the earliest accordions and concertinas, the collection includes fascinating photos and descriptions of these instruments that paved the way for the accordions we play today.
The Crawley Accordion Orchestra - Newletter
Jan., 14, 2009
The Crawley Accordion Orchestra is looking for new band members!
CRAWLEY ACCORDION ORCHESTRA
 
2008 has been one of the best years in recent times with performances being highly acclaimed. The year commenced with a concert at Cranleigh in the village hall a new venue for the Orchestra since the Arts Centre was no longer a viable place to perform.
 
Through the summer months CAO played at three different bandstands and also at the Guildford Accordion Club.
 
The autumn was the busy time that included three new venues. The highlight was performing at the Eastbourne music festival organised by John Romeo for three evenings. It was good to be with so many other accordionists and to receive such pleasant comments. The usual Cranleigh concert was well attended and it is good to have so many local people returning to hear us.
 
Elmbridge village organised an event for the local community to whom we played our two hour program. As a new venue it was very pleasant at the end of the show for the organiser to say how much everyone had enjoyed it and they would want us back next year. Another successful new venture was playing at the Horley Theatre near Gatwick organised by Ruth Matthews. This was a new experience for CAO and we look forward to playing there again in the near future.
 
The CRAWLEY ACCORDION ORCHESTRA now look to 2009 and the future.
 
The orchestra has been awarded a grant to buy new music over a three year period. This is under way with 16 pieces just purchased, many from Germany. This will greatly enhance our already extensive repertoire. We are searching through catalogues with the involvement of all the orchestra to locate suitable music around grade 4 level that can readily be achieved to be played to appreciative audiences this year.
 
However, we are now at a cross roads needing new members due to several players retiring or suffering with problems that are keeping them away. Bill and Ruth Booth who have given considerable time and effort over many years are leaving due to health problems. We are very grateful for the tremendous effort they have made especially Bill as Music Director enhancing our standard that is widely appreciated by so many and organising the successful Cranleigh Concerts.
 
This year will see us developing brand new programs with the first performance due to be played at the Horsham Bandstand on the 27th June. Several other commitments have been made with the highlight this year being a trip to France to play with the French orchestra, Accordeon Club des Flandres, at their 20 year celebration together with the German Orchestra, Villakkordeon Hobby Orchestra of Wuppertal, in October.
 
To meet our commitments we need new members now and would invite interested players to make contact. Practices are held every Thursday 7.45 pm at Ockham Village hall near Junction 10 on the M25. This is an orchestra with a good standard attracting players from as far away as Southampton and Orpington.
 
For more information please contact: - Terry Rayfield 01689 825894   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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New Bigger Venue for the Eastbourne Accordion Festival - Friday February 20th - Monday February 23rd
Jan., 14, 2009
The Queens Hotel Eastbourne
This magnificent Victorian hotel is situated in an outstanding position overlooking the pier, with sea views from many of its 125 centrally heated bedrooms all of which have bath and/or shower and WC, hair dryer, TV, radio, intercom and tea/coffee making facilities. Spacious public rooms include a cocktail bar, snooker room, impressive restaurant and several function rooms including the Princes Suite with its own bar .Two lifts serve all floors. 
The Queens Hotel has its own spacious carpark!
 Eastbourne Winter Accordion Weekend 2009 at The Queens Hotel 20th - 23rd February 2009 Featuring:- Steve Roxton, Richard Adey, Stefan Andrusyschyn, Ian Watson, Julie North, Harry Hussey & Gennaro Fiondella(Cost £199.00 per person)
Stockport Accordion Club - Wednesday January 14th - The Bon Accords
Jan., 14, 2009
 .Stockport Accordion Club’s first concert of 2009 takes place on Wednesday January 14th, with The Bon Accords, from Dumfries, Scotland, as our guest artistes. The Bon Accords are husband and wife Robin and Deryn Waitt, who play Shand Morino button accordion and piano accordion respectively. They are very experienced accordion entertainers, and well known around the Box & Fiddle clubs.
The venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel Street/A560 Hyde Road,
Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1ND (J25/M60).
Admission is £5, and we begin at 8pm, and all are welcome – especially support players.
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"Peter Paul Assembly of Accordionists" - 24th - 30th April 2009 - St. Petersburg Russia
Jan., 14, 2009
24th - 30th April 2009
"Peter Paul Assembly of Accordionists"
St. Petersburg, Russia. 
This festival is a gigantic competition for all ages. 
 Foreign visitors can also compete in the Foreign section. 
Or simply listen to the extremely high standard of playing. 
During the week the foreign visitors will be taken sight seeing,
and also be taken out at night (eg. ballet).
Oleg Sharov
 
Please contact Oleg Sharov for details: 
Tel/Fax: 007 812 351 4304
Please Note:
 Oleg Sharov will be touring the UK in October 2009 and will be attending the 
Eastbourne Autumn Accordion Weekend (16th-19th October '09).
If any accordion clubs are interested in booking him, please send an email to :-
Oleg Sharov c/o This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
When Oleg Sharov was last visiting, he told us that there was to be a big Festival in St Petersburg in Spring 2009.

I have now received some details which I am circulating to my accordion contacts. 

It is to be called the Peter Paul Assembly of Accordionists (after Peter the Great's famous fortress in the River Neva opposite the Summer Palace).  It will be a gigantic competition for all ages, which will include a Foreign Section (for foreign visitors).  During the week the foreign visitors will be taken sight-seeing and will also be taken out at night (e.g. to the ballet).  

For further details, contact Oleg Sharov:
tel/fax: 007 812 351 4304

I am not going to be able to attend as I am already committed to being away elsewhere for those dates, but I would be happy to pass on any tips I can to anyone who is thinking of going.  Viv and I went to one of these festivals (possibly the first) in May 1994, and had a wonderful time.  No doubt St Petersburg has changed a lot since then, and foreigners are much less of a novelty, but I'm sure the great tradition of Russian hospitality won't have changed.  We were taken to the Hermitage, the Summer and Winter Palaces, the Peter Paul Fortress, and a much more special museum of historical beautifully decorated weapons;  we heard Shostakovich's grandson conduct Shostakovich and we went to an incredible ballet performance - revival of Fokine's productions of Firebird, etc (and I'm not even a ballet person).  We were lavishly entertained by an elderly gentleman who was a pupil of Russia's first bayanist (i.e. button- as opposed to piano- accordionist) and was living in extremely modest circumstances.  In short, we were treated like royalty!

The great majority of the competitions were for players from the former Soviet bloc - and I presume that's what the "non-foreign" part of the competitions will be this time.  I think I was the only player in the foreign section in 1994 - I must have played my Grade 5 pieces (which I'd just done), with my customary nerves, but was given an enthusiastic reception, certificate, medal etc!!  There were, however, two foreign adjudicators, one from Barcelona, with whom we're still in regular touch.  We also keep in touch with the interpreter who was assigned to us.  She was a piano student at the St Petersburg Conservatory, who went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and married a Scottish violinist.  The standard of the Russian players was, of course, fantastic, and Viv and I both enjoyed listening to some of the competitions.  We only heard a small fraction of what was on offer and indeed we would have had to miss some of the sight-seeing programme to hear it all.  The music was just part of an amazing experience.
 
All the best
SOAR VALLEY ACCORDION CLUB - Harry Hussey - Saturday 10th January 2009
Jan., 14, 2009
 
SOAR VALLEY ACCORDION CLUB
 
Saturday 10th January 2009
 
 
Harry Hussey

Guest Artiste is Harry Hussey
supported by Club Members

Doors open @ 7.15pm
(Click above address for driving directions!)
 
Entrance £6.00  Bar/Raffle/Trade Stand

Info. Contact: : 0116 286 -7548 (David Price)
 
 
All are welcome at this friendly Accordion Club!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tony Compton at Fairkytes Accordion Club - Wednesday November 5th 2008 - 7.30pm
Jan., 14, 2009
Jazz Accordionist - Tony Compton
Wednesday 5th November 2008 - 7.30pm Fairkytes Accordion Club night with special guest artist :-Tony ComptonAdmission is £4.00 members (£4.50 guests)

(Light refreshments are included in the ticket price.)

Ample car parking nearby - there will also be a club fundraising raffle.

Fairkytes Accordion Club meets on the first wednesday of every month at:-

The Fairkytes Arts Centre,
51-53 Billet Lane,
Hornchurch, Essex
RM11 1AX

Contact:- Johnny or Val on 01708-225313
Email:- This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it All are welcome at this friendly Accordion Club!Click "Read More" below for a map & directions to this venue:-
NAO Southern Area Accordion Festival - Saturday November 22nd 2008 from 9.30am
Jan., 14, 2009
 
NAO Southern Area Accordion Festival
Saturday November 22nd 2008 - from 9.30am
Ample Car Parking/Refreshments/Raffle
 
Accordionists of all ages (Solos - Duets - Groups - Bands)
will be competing for trophies and qualification
 for the National NAO Championship Finals in Blackpool 2009.
 
 
Organiser - Bob Downer
 
Information from organiserBob Downer Tel: 01202 - 885192

NAO Southern Area Festival
Allendale Centre
Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset
 
Saturday 22nd November

Adjudicators will be:- Douglas Ward & Colin Whitfield
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