Romano Viazzani – Guest accordionist at Guildford Accordion Club – 20th November 2015

Romano Viazzani London bridge

The 20th November at Guildford Accordion Club at Ripley Village Hall will feature guest accordionist Romano Viazzani. He will play a range of accordion music from Classical to Jazz and lots between. Guildford Accordion Club is a vibrant club with a good turnout each time they meet every third friday of the month.
There are more wonderful guest artists booked later in the year. Do check the club website if you want to find out who they may be.
Next Club Night —Friday 20th November, 2015 Bring accordions for Play along too.

New Book Release: La Fisarmonica di Giuseppe Greggiati – Original Romantic Repertoire for Accordion

La Fisarmonica di Giuseppe Greggiati

La Fisarmonica di Giuseppe Greggiati- by Corrado Rojac and Illaria Nardi (In English and Italian)

We often hear from the Classical establishment that the accordion lacks original repertoire from the 19th Century.  Much of the Baroque and Classical repertoire for keyboard instruments can be played on classical accordion but once we get into the Romantic Period of the 19th Century, much piano music especially is less convincing on the accordion due to the use of sustained pedal and arpeggiated left-hand figures.  Whilst Tchaikovsky, and Giordano all wrote for accordion in that period the music was little more than a cameo appearance for a few bars in larger works.  It’s really not till the early 20th Century that we start to get composers like Shostakovich, Prokoviev and Hindermith writing more seriously for accordion and not till the second half of the 20th century that we start to get larger solo works.

Now, Corrado Rojac and Illaria Nardi have written a book on the music of Giuseppe Greggiati, a clergyman and musician who wrote not only original pieces for the accordion from 1839 onwards but also a “method” outlining how the instrument should be played.  The accordions of 1839 were very much in their infancy.  They were bisonoric (or diatonic as they are often called) more akin to a melodeon than a modern classical accordion and they lacked many feature of the modern instrument such as registers and extensive ranges of notes.  Nevertheless, this book is an exciting glimpse into original accordion music of the day.  It’s surprising in its detail and includes all articulation and dynamic indication and also in the level of dexterity needed to accomplish some of these piece especially given the limitations of these early instruments.

Corrado Rojac has also produced one of these early instruments, mastered it beautifully and has also recorded a DVD of himself playing it.  (Available soon).

Accordion Showcase Concert – Glasgow – Sunday 25th October 2015

Scottish Accordion Showcase

Accordion Showcase Concert

Sunday 25th October

at 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Renfield St Stephen’s

260 Bath Street, G2 4JP Glasgow, United Kingdom

ACCORDION SHOWCASE aim is to promote the accordion and accordion music within Scotland, through this we can help support our existing institutions like the festivals and orchestras who will be our ticket agents.

Accordion Showcase Concerts will feature many different styles of music; Scottish, Irish, French, Jazz, Classical and Tango.
We have a Champions list of Accordionists to display the very best of Accordion music.
We also aim to hold workshops/masterclasses/sessions if there is a demand for it, so we need your input….tell us what you would like.


Anyone looking for tickets for this concert please give Gary Blair a call/txt on 07813712494 or email at

Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade Accordion Concert – Friday 23rd October, 5.05pm Royal Academy of Music

Inigo Mikeleiz Berrade

Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade

Friday 23rd of OctoberFriday 23rd October 2015 at 5.05pm at Room 150, York Gate Building, Royal Academy of Music, London. 


Sofia Gubaidulina Sonata ‘Et Exspecto’

Messiaen Dieu parmi nous from La Nativité du Seigneur

Born in 1994 in Barañáin (Navarra, Spain), Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade began studying accordion in his local music school with Maria Antonia Gonzalez. In 2004 he entered the Conservatory of Music “Pablo Sarasate” with Salvador Parada as his teacher. In 2009 he became a student of Prof. Nekane Iturrioz at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Navarra, and remained her student until in 2015 he graduated Bachelor of Music with honours, and moved to London for postgraduate studies with Prof. Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music. He will graduate Master of Arts in Performance in 2017.

He has attended various masterclasses with, among others, Anne Landa, Javier López Jaso, Miguel Ituarte, Alexey Artemyev, Antonio Serrano and Javier Colina.

He has participated in music cycles such as “White Night” in Cádiz and the cultural week of accordion in Zarautz, and in different projects such as “Visible music”, “SIGNUM” and “MARTIROlógika”.

Iñigo particularly enjoys collaboration with contemporary composers, and has premiered a number of new works for accordion: David Johnstone’s “Vocalise” for accordion solo and his “Concerto for accordion and orchestra” (with the Orchestra of the Conservatory Pablo Sarasate), Jesus Garísoain’s “Samahibeko Gaua” for accordion and dance (in collaboration with the School of Dance of Navarra), Urtzi Iraizoz’s “Bihurrikeritan” for accordion and guitar duo, Ignacio Fernandez Galindo’s “Túmulos II” for accordion duo and tape and his “MARTIROlógika” for ensemble,  and Xabier Sarasa’s “Tiento IV”, concerto for orchestra and solo accordion  (with the orchestra of the Superior Conservatory of Music of Navarra).

Maidstone Music Festival 28th – 29th November, 2015 – Attention Accordionists

Maidtone Music Festival

Maidstone Music Festival is an adjudicative music festival, open to amateur performers of all ages and levels of ability.

It provides opportunities to perform individually to an audience, and to receive educative adjudication from highly qualified musicians.

All entrants are awarded a certificate, classified according to merit, and a personal written appraisal of their performance.

Maidstone Music Festival is open to amateur performers of all ages and levels of ability. Various classes are offered within the following categories:

  • Piano
  • Bowed strings
  • Plucked strings
  • Woodwind, brass, recorders
  • Accordions, concertinas, melodeons, harmonicas
  • Mixed instrumental ensembles
  • Solo versatility
  • Singing
  • Musical theatre
  • Folk music

Whilst most classes are competitive, there are also some non-competitive classes, including some for family ensembles, and professional musicians may take part in the ‘open’ classes.

Workshops and masterclasses will be given this year by Craig Ogden (guitar) and Paul Harris (wind).

28th – 29th November, 2015

Invicta Grammar School
Huntsman Lane
ME14 5DS

Accordion adjudicator: Romano Viazzani


Two concerts for David Vaughan with Romano Viazzani on accordion.

David Vaughan at Olivers

First Concert:

2nd October 2015 – Oliver’s Jazz Bar, Greenwich, London

Another chance to hear David’s unusual repertoire of original ‘English Chanson’ performed at the piano and guitar with Romano Viazzani on accordion and Daniel Broncano on clarinet. This first outing will be with the ensemble in it’s Trio formation. Concert starts at 9pm.

9 Nevada street SE10 9JL Greenwich, London Tel: 02088583693 Email: OLIVERSJAZZBAR@GMAIL.COM

Second Concert

6th November 2015 at OSO Arts Centre, Barnes, London

Having packed The Pheasantry in Chelsea for his album launch back in February as a larger quintet ensemble, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Vaughan brings his unique brand of ‘English Chanson’ to the OSO featuring virtuoso musicians Romano Viazzani on accordion, Daniel Broncano on clarinet, Tom Hewins on double bass and tuba, and Jason Reeve on drums.

For further details please visit
Ticket prices:
Adult (in advance) – £10
Concession (in advance) – £8
On Door – £12

LCMS – Fine Arts Quartet with Friedrich Lips on accordion – King’s Place, London, 22nd November 2015

Prof. Friedrich Lips
Music / Sunday, 22 November 2015 – 6:30pm / Hall One
£14.50 – £29.50 / Savers £9.50 | LCMS Friends Discount applies*

Haydn String Quartet in D, Op. 71 No. 2
Efrem Podgaits Quintet for strings and accordion
Schubert String Quartet in D minor, D.810 Death & the Maiden

Ralph Evans violin

Efim Boico violin

Juan-Miguel Hernandez viola

Robert Cohen cello
with Friedrich Lips accordion

Accordion Department Open Day and Concert at the Royal Academy of Music – 27th October 2015

Accordion close up

We would like to let all accordionists and potential future students know that the Royal Academy of Music Accordion Department will be holding an Open Day and lunchtime concert on Tuesday 27th October 2015.

The free concert will be at 1.05 – 2.00 pm in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall and will feature Accordion chamber music with Academy woodwind players.  Following the concert, at 2.30 pm there will be a talk by Owen Murray on the work of the accordion department and the development of accordion repertoire and performing opportunities.

Part of the Royal Academy of Music’s  400+ series, which takes inspiration from Monteverdi’s invention over 400 years ago of a resonating chamber that boldly merged radical and traditional sounds.

The afternoon will finish at 5.00 pm.


Southern Cone Quintet – Launch Concert 28th October

Southern Cone Quintet

Southern Cone Quintet official launch concert. A night of truly unique arrangements ranging from Argentine Tango, to Chilean Cueca, to Uruguayan Candombe, and ancient native chants.

The concert will be in two halves with an interval and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Tickets will be available on the door (cash payments only) for the price of £11 – including a discount token for the bar if you travel on public transport.

Tickets can also be bought in advance by calling the venue box office on 020 8348 5050

The Red Hedgehog

255-257 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5BS London, United Kingdom
Wednesday 28th October 2015
at 7:00pm – 12:00am
Oct 28 at 7:00pm to Oct 29 at 12:00am
Anisa Arslanagic (Violin)
Claude Werner (Clarinet/Flute and arranger)
James Kitchman (Electric Guitar)
Inigo Mikeleiz (Accordion)
Louis Thomas (Double Bass)