London Festival of Cabaret – Joanna Strand & Jacqui Tate with Romano Viazzani, John Bailey, Jason Reeve and Nick Pini, 24th April 2016

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate

London Festival of Cabaret – Joanna Strand & Jacqui Tate with Romano Viazzani on accordion.  Sunday 24th April 2016

Yes, they’re back at The Pheasantry, King’s Road, London for the first time since their fabulous Christmas show, this time as part of the London festival of Cabaret Series with their usual line-up of Romano Viazzani (accordion) John Bailey (piano), Jason Reeve (drums) and Nick Pini (double bass) the two fabulous cabaret singers who met on the West End stage when they were both in Phantom of the Opera will delight you with their songs of comedy, tragedy and drama!  Don’t miss.

For tickets see:

or more reliably call the Box Office on 0845 6027 017 (Mon to Sat, 10am to 5pm) to book a table. Doors open at 6.30pm

The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra – Brighton on Saturday 19th March and Shoreham on Sunday 20th – 2016

No1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra


The No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra are coming to the sunny South! They will be performing in Brighton on Saturday 19th March and Shoreham on Sunday 20th. Go along and support them in what looks like will be for a fabulous concert, a chat with all the Ladies, tea and wonderful cake – you can even try your hand at playing an accordion if you are brave enough!

The trend for accordion orchestras is growing all the time!

Brighton on Saturday 19th March 2016 at 19.30pm

Exeter Street Hall, Exeter Street, Brighton BN1 5PG

Shoreham on Sunday 20th March 2016

Methodist Church Hall, Brunswick Road, Shoreham BN43 5WB

Tickets £8 (£6 – Unwaged)

Available in advance from:





Royal Academy Accordion Events for March 2016 – March 8th 2016

Raimondas Sviackevicius

Master class

March 8th will see Professor Raimondas Sviackevicius, Head of accordion at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, in Vilnius, Lithuania take an accordion Masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music.  This is open to the public and is free. The session is at 10.00 am – 16.30 pm with a lunch  break between 12.00 to 13.00.

This is a great opportunity for accordion teachers and students alike to see a visiting professor work through pieces with the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music.


Concert Exam

Later the same day at 17.00 you will be able to see two of the students perform in their accordion concert exam.  An audience is welcomed.  This will take place in the David Josefowitz Hall at the Royal Academy.

Iosif Purits

Iosif Purits will play Efrem Potgaits’s – Concerto Viva Voce



Bartosz GlowackiBartosz Glowacki will play Mikolaj Majkusiak’s – Concerto Classico 


Accordions at the Castle – Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool 8th -13th May 2016

Accordions at the Castle

The next in a long line of legendary accordion festivals laid on by the ever-energetic Heather Smith.  A great line-up of British favourites: Pearl Fawcett, Stefan and Denise Andrusyschyn, David Vernon, Bert Santilly, Alan Young, Rosemary Wright and the Peter Pan of jazz accordion Harry Hussey!

8th/13th May 2016 at the Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool. Book your accommodation by tel. Sceptre Promotions on 01780 782093 (office hours) for a wonderful relaxing ‘accordion week’. This year I’ll be welcoming Pearl Fawcett Adriano to ‘Accordions at the Castle’ for the first time, although Pearl has performed at several of Heather’s previous festivals in Norfolk. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of an accordion festival with all it’s concerts and workshops.