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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

Francisco Canaro - Tango

Gerhard Winkler - Toulouse

Albert Vossen - Merry-go-round

Gerhard Winkler - Serenade Napolitano

Les Rid - The 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

Albert Vossen - Fliegende Blatter

Vittorio Monti - Czardas

Victor Vlasov - Mood (for solo accordion)

Victor Vlasov - Syncopes

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

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Art Van Damme - Boogie-Woogie

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

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Argentinian Tango and Folk Tunes for Accordion: 36 Traditional Pieces

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Darius Milhaud - Suite Anglaise

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Romano Viazzani - News for February 2013
Feb., 24, 2013
Romano Viazzani - Please CLICK here!

Dear Accordion Friends,
 
Just a note to let you know about a few accordion-related events that may be of interest for in in February. 
Firstly This Sunday 3rd February 2013 between 1.30 and 3pm Cabaret Verite` is back with Soiree Parisienne at the National Theatre Foyer.  This is absolutely free to the public and very informal.  I will be playing with Bethany Jameson on vocals, Declan Daly on Violin and Ben Hazelton on Double Bass.  This will feature many favourite french chantuese songs and some cheeky and more comical cabaret numbers too. Click on this link for more infohttp://www.facebook.com/events/435762976496565/?ref=ts&fref=ts
 
Then on Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th February 2013 I will be playing with Joanna Strand again this time in a show called Delerium at Pizza Express Jazz Club Dean Street, Soho, London.  This will be much more in the Jazz vein and Joanna will be on vocals with myself on accordion, Nick Pini on Bass, Asaf Sirkis on Drums, John Bailey on Piano and Yazz Ahmed on Trumpet/Flugelhorn. Please see the above attached flier. 
On Saturday the 9th of Feb the same Delerium concert will take place at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Maidstone in Kent.  Please click on link for more info http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/maidstoneBook.aspx?showId=494ff490-4b15-46a9-bebd-22ff2d352100&showDateId=6120
 
 
If you fancy a little light background accordion and guitar music to accompany your Sunday Lunch I will be playing with Guitarist Ray Gallo at the Oxo Tower Brasserie overlooking the Thames between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 10th Feb 2013.  This is not a concert but it's a lovely setting and food is good too. 
 
On Wednesday 13th February 2013 you will hopefully be getting into the mood for St Valentine's Day.  If you're in the Bournemouth area Cabaret Verite` will be back with Soiree Parisienne at Highcliffe Castle at 7.30pm with myself, Bethany Jameson and the gang.  Please click on the link for more infohttp://www.highcliffecastle.co.uk/cabaret
 
On March 3rd I will be back at The Pheasantry, King's Road, Chelsea, this time as part of singer-songwriter David Vaughan's ensemble with himself on piano and vocal and Clarinettist Daniel Broncano.  Please click on the link for more info: http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/popBook.aspx?showId=33d01946-06d8-420e-9692-d059882027ec&showDateId=6122
 
 
Thank you to those of you who have come along to my recent concert with whichever artist I happened to be playing with.  Your continued support is always appreciated. 
 
All the best,
 
New UK Teachers Association - First Meeting Report
Feb., 24, 2013

40 teachers attend the meeting to launch new Teachers Association

 

 

On Sunday 13th January 40 teachers and several well-wishers packed the Henry Wood Room at the Royal Academy of Music in London in a serious attempt to form the first association for accordion teachers in the UK.  They came from all over the UK, as far as Scotland in the north to the south coast and from Exeter in the west to East Anglia.  The atmosphere was one of enthusiasm and positivity and much was achieved in discussing a constitution and a way forward.  Already the meeting, which was chaired by Romano and Janet Viazzani, saw the eager new members working hard and five hours of debating were broken only for a tea and coffee break and a short musical interlude given by Bartosz Glowacki and Xian Gao, two of the students at the RAM, as a respite to the teachers debating and brainstorming.

 

The minutes will soon be collated and it is hoped that the next meeting will be held in the next 6-7 months where an executive committee will be elected and a constitution signed.  It is hoped that the association will enable teachers to refresh their skills through training programmes as well as provide a voice for teachers as a pressure group for achieving its goals in the wider musical spectrum.

 

Here is a list of attendees and supporters who were unable to attend.

 

Romano Viazzani

Janet Viazzani

Owen Murray

Shona Holmes

Nigel Waterhouse

Adrienne Griffiths

Milos Milivojevic

Yi Yao

Claudio Allodi

Karen Tweed

John Romero

Ian Watson

Julie North

Lisa Lee Leslie

Karen Street

Maureen Penfold

Bert Santilly

Eva Goskina

Douglas Ward

Eddie Hession

Dawn Loombe

Gary Blair

Sheila Cooper

Shirley Verenne

Peter Watson

Ingrid Gould

Roland Williams

Djordje Gajic

Trevani

Sue Trevani

Martynas Levickis

Zivorad Nikolic

Ben De Sousa

John Leslie

Martina Schwarz

Sue Bennett

Craig Bradley

Murray Grainger

Harry Haigh

Sabina Gardner

 

 

Apologies

Daniel Gott

Mark Bousie

Tony Compton

Heather Hawthorn

Roy Hendrie

Nikoli Ryszkov

Pearl Adriano

Phuong Nguyen

Paul Chamberlain

Gillian Sharpe

Clyde Johnston

Peter Hodkinson

Colin Burrows

Rene Mairis

Angie Lukins

Yura Chubarenko

Kevin Street

Gennaro Fiondella

Stefan Andrusyschin

 

 

 

Miloš Milivojevic
Feb., 24, 2013
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January 18th, 1pm – ‘Symphony No.4 in G major, Gustav Mahler, ensemble conducted by German Clavijo, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

January 18th, 7pm - performance with Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra Guildford Accordion Club, Surrey


January 19th – ‘In Accord’, Harriet Mackenzie & Milos Milivojevic, Town & Country Concerts, Little Casterton, Stamford, Lincolnshire

January 23rd, 7.30pm - Kosmos Ensemble, Westminster Theatre, Chancellor’s Building, Keele University, Keele, Staffs ST5 5BGJanuary 27th - Kosmos Ensemble@ the Ritzy Café, Brixton, London


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Guildford AccordionClub - Frid 18th January 2013 Miloš Milivojevic
Feb., 24, 2013
Miloš Milivojevi

Special January 2013 Guest Artiste is Miloš Milivojević     

Friday 18th January 2013 - Doors open at 7pm

Also appearing will be the Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra MD: Phil Wheeler and Local Artists.
Miloš Milivojević will play a short recital, then he will accompany the Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra. 

Following this will be a Question & Answer Session
as Miloš Milivojević will be joined by 

Venue: The Ripley Village Hall - Ripley, Surrey. GU23 6AF 
(Close to A3 from Junction 10 of M25). 

Admission is just £4.00 and includes tea or coffee, biscuits & on a good day - a slice of cake.

Doors open at 7.00pm - Ample Free Car Parking - Club Raffle.

Please bring along your accordions & any other musical instruments, for our popular accordion play along sessions.

Always a great friendly atmosphere at our club, please arrive early for a good seat!

Bring your accordion, your friends and (most important) yourself.

All are Welcome!

Info: John Cumiskey 0208 546 1767
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Web: http://www.guildford-accordion-club.org.uk/

Future 2013 Club Nights:-
Friday February 15th '13 - Guildford A/C Members Evening 
Friday March 15th '13 - Accordions 5  (From Morley College)
Friday April 19th '13 -  - Pearl Fawcett-Adriano



Notes:

Miloš Milivojević

http://www.milosmilivojevic.com/

Serbian born accordionist Miloš Milivojević is a first prizewinner at International Competitions in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark. In July 2007 he became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize at the Royal Academy of Music. 

After completing his studies in Kragujevac Music School with Vojin Vasovic, in 2002 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Owen Murray where he obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in July 2009 and was awarded with Dip RAM. 

Miloš has performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St John Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields and St James Piccadilly, University of London Senate House, Holywell Music Room, National Portrait Gallery Colston Hall Bristol, Keble College Oxford, and has performed at the Foundation Day awards ceremony in front of HRH The Princess Royal. Appearances at the festivals include: Park Lane Group Young Artists, Cheltenham International Festival of Music Aldeburgh Festival Britten-Pears Orchestra, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Berio Festival, Northfolk & Norwich Festival, Deal and Chichester, Swaledale, Hexham, Belef, Nomus and Grad Teatar Festival. 

He has premiered works by Anthony Gilbert, Howard Skempton, Elena Firsova, Stephane Altier, Patrick Nunn, Ben Foskett, Tom Lane, Elena Vorotko, Carlos Duque, Mark Bowden, Emily Hall, Chris Mayo, Anna Meredith, Philip Venables, and Robert Percy and has given the UK premiere of Sequenza No.13 by Luciano Berio. In masterclasses he has received guidance from many distinguished musicians, including Nicholas Cleobury, John Williams, Steven Isserlis and Gorgy Kurtag.

Miloš is also a keen chamber musician. He is a member of the London Tango quintet, Kosmos Ensemble and AccordDuo. Internationally, he performed in Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain and Canary Islands, Malta as well as Australia and New Zealand. He also gave live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, ABC and Serbian National Radio and television network. 

In March 2008, Miloš Milivojević was the Winner of the prestigious Derek Butler London Prize at the Wigmore Hall.

“Milivojevic’s artistry on the humble button accordion took the breath away - indeed, his coruscating transcription of an organ chorale by Mendelssohn made one almost wonder whether we actually need those thundering giants. I’d put money on this brilliant young performer opening a whole range of new musical worlds” 
Michael Church, The Independent, March 2008

In January 2010, he made his concerto debut at the St James Piccadilly playing Charles Camilleri Concerto for Accordion and Strings with Filarmonika orchestra, conducted by Brian Schembri.







Graeme studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music where he developed interests in chamber music, accompanying and teaching. He has broadcast many times and performed at the Bath and Harrogate Festivals, the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. Professor of Piano at the RAM since 1974, he maintains a substantial private teaching practice and is active in seminars for teachers in the UK and abroad. In 1997 he was elected Warden of the Private Teachers’ Section of the ISM and in 2002 was elected President of the Royal Academy of Music Club. He became Music Director of the Hereford International Summer School in 2004.
Accordionist Sammie Catling - Hot News!
Feb., 16, 2012
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Sammie Catling is an amazing Accordionist & Teacher based in Wimborne, Dorset.
 
Available for gigs of any type, situation or musical style.

She has also just set up a new business selling Squeezy products!

Watch this space for further information!!

Morley - Free Lunchtime Christmas Concert
Feb., 16, 2012
Morley College Accordion Orchestra - Free Lunchtime Concert.

All are welcome to our December Lunchtime concert.

13th December at 1.00pm

Please bring a friend with you!

Seasons Greetings,

Neil Sanders.


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West Sussex Accordion Club - Christmas Party Meeting - 17th December 2011
Feb., 16, 2012

The West Sussex Accordion Club Christmas Meeting.Saturday 17th December 2011 - 1.30/4.30pm
The Youth Centre,
St Andrew Church,
Cants Lane, Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 OLG
All players & guests are very welcome!1.30pm to 4.30pmThis will be our Christmas meeting and will include our normal usic plus festive tunes.Please bring along your own nibbles and drinks.A Fun - Festive Atmosphere is Guaranteed!
Information:- Sue Bennett
(Accordion Teacher & Performer)01444 239656
07800 637906
John Jones M.B.E.
Jan., 17, 2012
John Jones M.B.E. Stockport Accordion Club's John Jones has been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List 'For charitable services'. John's award is very well deserved and not before time. He has spent much of the last 20 years playing for charities in Macclesfield General Hospital and other locations, and has to date raised over £200,000 for the East Cheshire Hospice, Macclesfield Hospital Scanner Appeal, Macmillan Nurses, and many others. In the process of his long term fund raising John has also proved to be a great ambassador for the accordion, entertaining countless members of the public with his music.

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Angie Lukins - Accordion Tuition
Jan., 2, 2012

Angie Lukins 

 "Private Accordion Tuition"
"Weekly (Wednesday) Accordion Band Rehearsals"

  Covering:- 
West London - Middlesex
Berks, Bucks & Surrey Areas.

Information: Tel: 01895 -235601 (Angie)



Accordions at Morley - News!
Jan., 2, 2012

'It's been a great year for "Accordions at Morley", now playing as "Morley Accordion Orchestra".  

22 of us went to the Irish International Accordion Festival in Navan this Spring - our first trip abroad and our first competitive event.  We were thrilled to come second in the Senior Orchestra Class, and our dream now is to compete at the huge triennial festival at Innsbruck in May 2013.  

To start raising funds for this, we've had a professional CD made of our June concert at Morley.  It's a lively and varied programme - including the Suite of Dalmatian Dances by Götz, which we played in Ireland, a James Bond Suite with vocals by Pat Parker, and our leaders playing as Duo Esprit.  
We're backed by two professional percussionists, and it is a first-rate recording.  

Please buy it and take us closer to our Innsbruck Dream! - just £10.50 plus postage from our website www.morleyaccordions.org.uk - where you can also hear some clips.'

Club Accord - Newsletter
Jan., 2, 2012
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In memory of Andy Banks, 1948-2011 As you may have heard, we have to announce the very sad news that our chairman and treasurer, Andy Banks, died at his home in Handsworth last week at the age of 63.  Andy’s friend Chas, a Scotsman who had played in a ceilidh band with Andy for fifteen years, discovered that Andy had passed away and is dealing with the arrangements. Andy was one of the strongest supporters of the Midlands accordion scene.  He had attended Club Accord since almost the first meeting, and Rob Beecroft’s club nights for many years, and Rob tells me that Andy had not missed a Saturday visit to the Midland Accordion Centre since it opened around 25 years ago.  Andy was a man of strong feelings and loyalties, with a strong sense of tradition, and he had no time for anything he perceived as disrespectful, but at the same time he was always very encouraging to young players and beginners, and had given many of us kind words and little tips over the years.  Above all, his love of music and respect for musicians showed itself at all times, and while in his own playing he stuck steadfastly to his chosen style of music, he appreciated and applauded good musicianship wherever it came from.Andy was born in Wick, in the far north of Scotland, but his family moved to the Midlands when he was still a small child.  By all accounts Andy was a brilliant engineer who won a scholarship for his work when he was younger, but did not get the chance to use his talents fully in his working life.  Andy had just finished work after a difficult period when his workplace was closing down.  The last few times I saw him, although he was apprehensive about the future, he seemed more relaxed, and it seems cruel that he did not get the chance to make the most of retirement.Andy’s passion was for Scottish and traditional folk music, which he played on his Shand Morino three-row button accordion, and later also on his top-quality English concertina.  He was mostly self-taught but had had an afternoon of teaching from Sir Jimmy Shand himself!  He tracked Sir Jimmy down to his house in Auchtermuchty by asking at a local petrol station and soon found himself in the middle of a masterclass.  This influence showed in his club accordion playing which had an unmistakeable Scottish intensity and drive, even when he was playing non-Scottish tunes, with no concessions to “entertainment”-style playing.  He played “Dark Island” in a very passionate way, and this softer side of his playing came out when he took up the English concertina.  He joked that he took up the concertina to give himself a chance tosit down while playing, but his concertina playing was beautiful.  On many nights you could have heard a pin drop as he sat crouched over the concertina piecing together a carefully-chosen traditional melody.  He had a parallel musical life playing in the ceilidh band (Moonstone) and for Blackadder Morris (based in Cotteridge, where he played in an English rather than a Scottish style).  He was also extremely knowledgeable about music: he was like an encyclopedia when it came to Scottish players and folk music in general, but he knew a lot about everything else as well.  Over the last ten years he played a wider and wider range of tunes and got more and more relaxed in his playing.  It will be sad not to hear him any more.  He was a unique part of the Midlands accordion scene, and he will be missed.Andy’s steady presence on the accordion scene won him an entry in the first volume of Rob Howard’s “A-Z of the Accordion”, and in Rob’s words:            “Lots of people come and go as members of accordion clubs, but it is            people such as Andy who are the real backbone.”There is no better way to mark this sad news than for us to keep on playing.  By way of a small tribute, we have asked Andy’s friend Chas to come to Club Accord for our next club night, on MONDAY 8th AUGUST, and play through “Dark Island” (in G) with anyone who would like to join in.  For the rest of the evening, we will carry on the tradition of making good music on the accordion.  I hope you can be there.
Karen Tweed - Gigs
Oct., 14, 2011
Stratford upon Avon Folk Festival (3.30pm – 5.15pm). -Stratford upon Avon Folk Festival
FINAL LINE UP ‘Accordions International - 10th Anniversary Bumper Edition’
Oct., 14, 2011
Jack Emblow & Tony Compton

‘Accordions Internationalnr Gt Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK)
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The organizer is Heather Smith 

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Ripley Accordion Orchestra Day 2011 - November 19th - UPDATE
Oct., 14, 2011


Ian Watson & Julie North


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Super Orchestra Day - Ripley Surrey - Saturday 19th November 2011
Ripley Accordion Orchestra Day 2011 - November 19th - UPDATE

Dear Accordionists,

Just writing with an update regarding the Accordion Orchestra Day at Ripley Village Hall, Surrey in November. We have had a great response and will have a huge orchestra on the day! 

Our 'Super Orchestra' will be supported in the evening concert by performances from:- Watford Accordion Band (MD Shona Holmes), 
Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra (MD Phil Wheeler) and 
Morley Accordion Orchestra. 

There are only 16 places left in the massed orchestra, so if you'd like to come, or know someone who does, then get the application in soon! 

It's a very inclusive day and there will plenty of help on hand for those not used to playing in a group. 


           To get an application form please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
or call Julie North on 0208 547 0515

Shortly before the event you will receive (in your self addressed envelope) more information about timings on the day and full directions.  

If you are not able to attend during the day come and hear what promises to be a great evening concert - now including 2 West End drummers! The concert, also in Ripley Village Hall, will start prompt at 7:30pm - don't be late!

All best wishes
Ian Watson.  


Petri Makkonen will be in the Midlands from 14th to 18th November 2011.
Oct., 14, 2011
Petri Makkonen

Finnish accordion virtuoso and accordion composer Petri Makkonen will be in the Midlands from 14th to 18th November 2011. He will be playing at: Catshill Social Club, 13a Meadow Road, Catshill, nr. Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 0JJ. Monday 14th November, 8pm. For more information please contact Poppy Middleton on (0121) 743 6637.The Crescent Theatre, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham, B16 8AE. Tuesday 15th November, 7.30 pm. For more information, please contact the Crescent Theatre on (0121) 653 5858.Barnt Green Friends Meeting House, 6 Sandhills Road, Barnt Green, Worcestershire, B45 8NR. Friday 18th November, 7.30pm.For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .Petri Makkonen might still be available for bookings (not necessarily in the Midlands) on Thursday 17th or Saturday 19thNovember. To sample two sides of Petri Makkonen’s many-sided style, check YouTube for “Like Swans” and “Disco-Tango”…  INTERVIEW PETRI MAKKONENFinnish accordion master Petri Makkonen is doing a mini-tour of the UK Midlands in November.  We asked him a few questions in advance.Where did you learn to play the accordion?  When I was 8 years old, my dad brought home a little piano accordion and I started to imitate familiar tunes my mother hummed to me.  I soon started to play folk music.  Accompanying a folk dance group was a super rhythm school for me, and the performances and trips abroad were exciting too.  I lived in the countryside surrounded by nature and there wasn’t much else to do.  One reason I started to write my own music is that I was too lazy to learn from sheet music by myself.  When I was 14, I finally started regular button accordion lessons from Heidi Velamo at the Sibelius Academy junior department.  It was hard to travel 500km by train to Helsinki once a fortnight, but it was worth it!  Then I studied at the Sibelius Academy professional department under the great professor Matti Rantanen.  But I’m still learning every day. What is your working life like?  And your playing life?  My main work is teaching around 30 pupils, mostly children at Kuopio Conservatoire and one professional student at the Kuopio Academy of Music and Dance.  I give concerts, mostly of my own music.  For many years I have also worked as a theatre musician, and I also play in some folk/rock/pop bands.  And I compose.  I have an agreement with my publisher to publish one book every spring and autumn.  When I have time, I relax by playing The Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach from cover to cover…I understand that you have an accordion club circuit in Finland, similar to the one in England - could you comment on the phenomenon of the accordion club briefly please?  Actually, accordion clubs are not common in Finland, but we do have one in Kuopio – the members tend to be older people.  I think it’s a fine circuit for amateurs and for those who like accordion music but don’t play.  I support the local club by playing at some concerts (together with my pupils) although I am not involved with the regular activities of the club.  Some years ago we made a journey as a club to the Sata-Häme accordion festival in Ikaalinen, it was a great trip!Where do you see the future of the instrument and what are the most exciting developments on the accordion at the moment?  The accordion is a great instrument for playing a variety of music.  I think real music never dies, even though many children find it easier to play music on their phone or You Tube.  Of course, the V-accordion is an exciting member of the modern accordion family – I have also played a V-accordion, but for me now the acoustic instrument is still the most flexible tool to express myself.Which musicians do you most admire and why?  There are so many!  It is so wonderful that in every musical style you can find super musicians who can express human feelings without technical difficulties getting in the way of the message. Some musicians have the talent of working hard, some have a warm heart, everybody has something to admire. If I must choose one, I choose J.S. Bach. You're a composer as well as a performer - what is the process of writing music like for you, and why do you do it?  I am so happy I am not a real professional composer, I don’t have to compose for money. Mostly I compose for myself, to experience the amazing feeling of finding the shape of musical expression after hard work.  (I think about the details night and day.)  If somebody else likes to play my music, it is an extra pleasure for me, of course. One part of composing process is deciding on the titles!  In almost every cas,e I first compose and then choose the title. For example I composed the suite Ghost Party with 12 parts in two weeks, but I thought about the titles for 12 months. But Tango-Toccata is a total exception: I put the title together from my pieces Disco-Toccata and Disco-Tango before I’d written a single note. Your style has elements of the modern European accordion sound, a bit of classical, a bit of folk, a bit of pop even - what do you think about musical style?  That’s it: my style is a combination of many styles – because of the world I have lived in and where I live now. I can’t forget folk music to turn only to serious modern music, and I don’t want to, or the other way round, being accepted only by a certain group of people.  The problem (perhaps for some people, although not for me) is that my music is sometimes difficult to pigeonhole to a particular genre or style. Does humour belong in music?  Yes, of course!!!
 
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Several regulars were on holiday in September (and thinking back, this is the same every year).  But some visitors came back, and we got 30 people together.  Our thanks too to all those loyal members who have supported the club, time after time, for year after year.  Our guest artist was well worth hearing.  REG RAWLINGS came down from Southport with two unusual boxes and a fair bit of kit.  Reg plays electronic accordion: I thought he was one of the most enjoyable electronic players that I've heard, for a few reasons.  He knows his stuff on the instrument: he wasn't trying to impress us with flashy fingerwork the whole time (a lot of the tunes were mellow mid-tempo numbers), but the touch and detail was definitely there.  He has a huge handspan, so he can find chords that most of us could only dream of.  His arrangements are well put together.  He controls the entire sound from his instrument and foot pedals (no backing tracks or midi files), which made the performance more musical.  (There was none of the strange business where the player puts his hand in his pocket and the music carries on.)  Most of all, with his company Total Transformation Technology, Reg has taken electronic accordion to a new level, taking new realistic samples (most famously the organ of the Blackpool Tower Ballroom) and blending them carefully on the keyboard.  The effect goes far beyond the usual set of preset sounds. The night opened before most people had even arrived with a typically nice foot-tapping set from TONY TRENTHAM, including Bourbon Street Parade, Over the Rainbow, Out of Nowhere and On the Sunny Side of the Street.  SIMON GARDNER dashed off Folkloristica and Heroes very confidently.  Then, for the first half, REG RAWLINGS used an accordion with real musette reeds blended with his electronic sounds for an authentic warm feel.  He started with a sophisticated and entertaining French medley, with lots of accents, dynamics, use of the couplers, etc.  Then he started to show off his electronics with a James Last/Klaus Wunderlich medley including trumpets, big band sounds and even voices, on their own and combined.  Next came the Blackpool Tower organ in a Glen Miller arrangement played in the style of Buddy Cole, with a surprisingly effective sax solo (considering it was on the accordion).  A selection of waltzes including Are You Lonesome Tonight were played in a 40s dance band style with organ and piano with brass backing; then we got an old time selection including When Youre Smiling with a proper end of the pier feel, lots of up and down runs and some upbeat cymbals (I could see a few feet tapping during this one).  Reg updated his sound with a proper disco beat for some ABBA tunes with his trademark wide chords. A kind of Donald Duck sound came in during this one (also entertaining, although I dont remember it from ABBA Gold).  The rumba medley used the electronic sounds brilliantly, starting on Hammond organ and dramatically bringing in electric guitar and harmonica, including note bending controlled from the foot pedals.  Reg has a nice easy-going manner on stage as well.  As you can tell, I enjoyed it, and it showed what electronics and the accordion could do in the right hands.  In the break MERVYN PRICE continued the entertainment with I Could Have Danced All Night, and Brazil and INGRID GOULD got our guest artist swaying with Toby and My Florence.  Then Reg started his second half, this time playing a box with no reeds at all.  This took away some of the warmth of the sound but at the same time took us into a world of pure electronics which was effective in its own way.  We got waltzes, pan pipes, a Star Trek / Star Wars arrangement with suitably space age sounds, acoustic guitar forFernando, honky tonk piano (12th Street Rag, Tiger Rag), some lush slow tunes (Besame Mucho, For Ever and Ever), a big band approach to Cabaret, an operatic voice singingFeed the Birds, a brave and successful attempt to answer the regular request at our club for a Welsh tune, and, now that the nights are drawing in and people go home earlier, Reg finished his second half with some Scottish reels.  It was a very enjoyable performance which blended musical inventiveness with proper entertainment.  So: October is a club night, on MONDAY OCTOBER 10th.  For November we have our AGM and the up to date European sound of Petri Makkonen from Finland.  We are hoping to confirm a guest artist for the Christmas meeting as well; I will let you know.  For more information, please contact Poppy Middleton on (0121) 743 6637. CLUB ACCORD: Catshill Social Club, 13a Meadow Road, Catshill, nr. Bromsgrove, B61 0JJ:2nd Monday of the month: 7.30pm for 8pm 
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