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David Vaughan New CD Launch – The Pheasantry
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Kent based duo New Vintage (Emma vocals Peter Selby on Roland V-accordion FR8X) will be performing at Café Rouge 42 – 44 Earl Street, Maidstone on the following dates. The duo specialise in jazz /swing standards but will also perform the French classics. The Uncle and niece partnership are also working at Café Rouge Bluewater on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month gigs are between 5.00 & 7.00
Saturday 31st January 2015 between 7.00 & 9.30
Saturday 14th February 2015 (Valentines Day) between 6.00 & 9.00
Saturday 28th February 2015 between 7.00 & 9.30
Sunday 29th March 2015 between 7.00 & 9.30
Following the success of his recent accordion project The cook, the clown, the monk and the accordionist, London-based accordionist/pianist Maurizio Minardi launches his new CD Piano Ambulance on Wednesday,18th February 2015 at the Vortex, 11 Gillette Square,London.
N16 8AZ Minardi concentrates his efforts more towards the piano in this album after his last quirky, captivating and thoroughly original accordion album.
Pre-booked tickets are £9 or £10 on the same day.
More on Minardi’s own website www.mauriziominardi.co.uk
Here’s a link to the presentation of his album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oa1PO-Zs0g
Paul Hutchinson and Karen Wimhurst have signed a recording contract for their duo Pagoda which features Hutchinson on accordion and Wimhurst on Clarinet. Catch their evocative sound at their upcoming concerts.
Friday 20th February 7.30
St Nicholas Church
Sunday 22nd February at 7.30
The Barn Church, Kew
(contact Jude on 07806612101 for a ticket for this concert).
Please email email@example.com for tickets and further information.
Lovers of Playford music will be interested in the Playford music course with Karen Wimhurst, Richard Heacock and Paul Hutcinson at Halsway Manor from 23rd – 27th March, please contact Halsway at www.halswaymanor.org.uk for places.
The accordion has become a regular feature at Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival. It’s always good to see the accordion included in more general music and arts festivals rather than solely accordion-only competitions. It means the outside world are interested in the instrument and want it to be part of other festivals. The Accordion day at this Festival is always a bit like a party, everyone knowing everyone else and staying to listen to players in classes they themselves are not playing in – which doesn’t always seem to happen in other sections. The spirit shown by accordionist participants makes the accordion a valued part of this festival.
Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival. Classes include Beginners aged 8 to Adult, Grades 1 to 8, Own choice, Scottish/Irish Traditional, Jazz, Musette,Polka/TangoRecital, Duet/Group/Orchestra,Own Composition,Entertainment:solo/groupand Non-Competitive classes,.Classes will be held on Sunday 14th June 2015 at Walthamstow Hall Senior School, Sevenoaks. Last entry date 21st April 2015. Further details on www.sevenoaksthreeartsfestival.co.uk Receive a copy of the syllabus by contacting Festival Secretary on 017324 54448 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Wednesday 28th January 2015 the Wigmore Hall will once again hear the sound of an accordion when current Royal Academy of Music post-graduate student Iosif Purits will play at the Patrons Award Final. The competition starts at 1pm, and Purits will play a 30-minute programme approximately at 1:30pm. This is a very interesting competition as it pits accordionists not against other accordionists but musicians on other instruments. He is the latest in a long line of Royal Academy of Music accordion students who have played at the top concert venue in various competitions. Purits has been studying at the RAM with Owen Murray since September 2015. His programme will be:
Bent Lorentzen – Tears (8’) Sergei Prokofiev – Satanic Apparition (3’) Modest Mussorgsky – Children’s Scherzo (3’) Vladimir Ryabov – River of Love (8’) Franz Liszt (arr. Vladimir Horowitz) – Hungarian Rhapsody no.15, ‘Rákóczy March’ (5’)
You will also catch Purits at a recital at the RAM on 20th January at 5pm with a similar programme and also at a lunchtime concert in Bristol at the Colston hall on 3rd February.2015. More about this last concert in February’s newsletter.
The Kitchen Two-Step is a new publication we now have in stock featuring some all new Scottish dance music by accordionist and band leader Stewart C. Walker. It’s in a very simple melody line and chord symbol format and is aimed at accordion and fiddle players. It’s a lovely collection of jigs, reels, waltzes etc. composed by Walker over the years and were lying around on various bits of manuscript paper and now finally he has published them as a whole album. So why not get your Scottish musette-tuned accordion and dance around the kitchen being mindful of any pots boiling on the stove and remembering where the fire exits are!
David Vaughan, Daniel Broncano and Romano Viazzani will be at Oliver’s Jazz Bar on Friday 16th January 2015 performing David’s own wonderfully quirky and romantic songs. Italian Singer-songwriter Silvia Olari will be making a guest appearance too. Don’t miss a fabulous night.
Ian Lowthian is running some more of his accordion weekends between the spring and the summer.
By popular request the first weekend on 7th and 8th March will be themed ‘Music in Odd time Signatures’.
The next on the 9th and 10th May will be exclusively ‘Scottish Tunes’
And the last, on 4th and 5th of July, ‘Anything Goes’.
He is looking forward to seeing some old faces (and some young ones!) and hopefully some new ones. If you’ve been before you’ll know the score about costs and finding accommodation etc. If not, the weekend costs £100 to include tuition, resources, tea & coffee and an invitation to join us for lunches and evening meal on Saturday. Any questions or advice on accommodation please get in touch. If you’re booking accommodation outside of the village perhaps get in touch before. One or two locals who are happy to open their homes on a B&B basis over these weekends and there is also a holiday home behind the Cross Keys that may be available over these weekends too. You can give him a ring on 01750 52722 or email email@example.com .
Don’t miss the accordion department of the RAM’s events this winter to witness for yourselves what safe hands the future of the accordion is in when it’s played by these wonderful young students. Here’s what’s coming up:
Thursday 19th February – Accordion Masterclass with Visiting Professor of Accordion Friedrich Lips (Moscow) – 10.00 am – 1.00 pm in the Recital Room. Free, no tickets required. Sit in and listen to visiting Professor Lips working with the students.
Thursday 19th February – Classical Accordion Chamber Music Concert – 7.30 pm in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall. Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office: www.ram.ac.uk/events, telephone: 020 7873 730 or on the day. Academy accordionists perform a varied programme including works by JS Bach, Popper, Piazzolla, Franck, Valpola and Trojan.
Friday 6th March at Regent Hall, Oxford Street. 1.00 – 2.00 pm RAM accordion students. Works by Piazzolla, Popper, Scarlatti, Franck, Valpola and Trojan. Free, no tickets required.