Ben de Souza – Autumn Concerts 2017

Ben de Souza

Ben de Souza – Autumn Concerts 2017

Great to see Royal Academy Student, Ben de Souza is managing to fit in some concerts around his studies. Catch him at a venue near you this autumn.


Wednesday 4th October 2017 – Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester – Time TBC

Accordionist Ben de Souza features as Royal Academy of Music students present a concert of Russian Chamber Music at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. Time and ticket details TBC.


Shostakovich – Four Waltzes for flute, clarinet and piano

Derbenko – Choral Prelude (solo accordion)

Zolotaryov – Chamber Suite (solo accordion)

Rimsky-Korsakov – Piano Quintet in B flat for piano, flute, clarinet and horn


Thursday 5th October 2017 – Royal Academy of Music, London – 1:05pm – Free entry

Royal Academy of Music accordionists present their first event of the year. Concert followed by the accordion department open day.


Mozart – Church sonatas K328, K67 and K336 for accordion, two violins and cello

Takahashi – Like Swans Leaving The Lake – accordion and viola

Podgaits – Rondez-vous with Haydn – accordion and clarinet


Sunday 26th November 2017 – South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell – 4:30pm – Tickets £10

2017 26 Nov WFS Chamber concert




















Join the West Forest Chamber Ensemble and Royal Academy of Music accordion student Ben de Souza as they demonstrate the versatility of the classical accordion and its transcription repertoire. Featuring Mozart’s Rondo and Adagio for glassharmonica (KV 617), Dvorak’s Six Bagatelles for 2 violins, cello and harmonium (Op. 47) and a selection of Mozart’s Church Sonatas (K328, K67, K336) for 2 violins, cello and organ, this concert will showcase the sound of the accordion and its similarities and differences with the instruments for which these pieces were written.

Tickets are priced at £10 and available from South Hill Park Arts Centre –


Friday 12th January 2018 – Brunel University – 1:10pm – Free entry

As part of Brunel University’s Friday lunchtime recital series, Royal Academy of Music accordionist Ben de Souza presents a programme of solo repertoire by composers including Zolotaryov and Scarlatti.


Cambridge Accordion School Summer Concert – Friday 7th July 2017 – Cambridgeshire

Dawn Loombe

Cambridge Accordion School Summer Concert
Friday 7th July 2017
Doors open 6.30pm for 7.00pm start

Exning Community Church Hall Church Lane Exning CB8 7HF

All  accordionists, friends, family and all those interested in accordion music are welcome to the friendly informal Summer concert.

This is an opportunity for our accordion students to perform some of the pieces they have been working on this term. There will be solos, duets, trios and group pieces (in a variety of musical styles) from players of all ages and levels of experience.

There will be two sets of approximately 45 minutes of music, with refreshment break, raffle and plenty of opportunity to chat with other accordionists and friends. The evening will finish by 10pm. Tickets are not sold for these events and admission is free. However, the organisers kindly ask for donations for refreshments and for your support of raffle on the night, to cover the cost of the hall hire.

Accordion lessons will finish for the summer on 10th July and start again on Monday 18th September 2017 – new timetable to follow shortly.

Dawn Loombe (07960) 399987

Dawn Loombe- Elementary Accordion Workshop – Thursday 20th July 2017, 10am – 3pm – Cambridgeshire

Dawn Loombe

Dawn Loombe- Elementary Accordion Workshop

Thursday 20th July 2017, 10am – 3pm

Exning Community Church Hall, Church Lane, Exning CB8 7HF

Elementary to Intermediate players welcome

Fee only £30 per person for the day (includes the sheet music)

Tea/coffee/soft drinks and biscuits provided

Please bring a packed lunch

 Aims of this workshop;

 To enable accordionists who are already playing accordion to a basic standard in their own front rooms, the opportunity to meet up with other accordionists in the area, to work on playing some tunes together and pick up some tips and ideas to progress their playing.

 It will be informal and fun (hopefully!) and no-one will be under any ‘pressure to perform’.  On the day, we will work on 6-8 tunes together and I will offer support, advice, ideas for how to play the tunes and tips for playing together with other accordionists.  There will be plenty of breaks for chats and refreshments.

 If you would like to come along, please respond by 23rd June, returning the slip below and your £30 payment by post or email to Dawn Loombe, 60 Laceys Lane, Exning, CB8 7HL.


For further information please contact Dawn Loombe

email or call (07960) 399987



27th ” PREMIO DI LANCIANO ” INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION , Italy – 25th -30th September 2017

Vladimir Zubitsky

Announcing the 27th Premio Di Lanciano International  Competition

The 27th instalment of this yearly competition organised by Vladimir Zubitsky will take place between the 25th and 30th September 2017.

Here are the regulationsin English as published by the organisers.



( 25.09.2017  — 30.09.2017, Lanciano(CH), Italy)



Category: STUDENT

All musical instruments (pianoforte, strings, wind, folk)
All types of both classical and modern music

Cat. A (up to 10 years) program: max.  8 minutes, 2 pieces, entrance fee – 30 €, monetary prize –  70 €
Cat. B (up to 12 years) program: max. 10 min, 2 pieces, entrance fee – 35 € , monetary prize – 80 €
Cat. C (up to 14 years) program: max 12 min, 2 pieces, entrance fee – 40€ ,  monetary prize – 90 €
Cat. D (up to 16 years) program: max. 14 min, 2 -3 pieces, entrance fee – 45 € , monetary prize – 100 €
Cat. E  (up to 18 years) program: max. 16 min, 2-3 pieces, entrance fee – 50 € , monetary prize –  110 €
Cat. F (no age restrictions, born in 1997 or before) program: max. 18 min,2-4 plays, entrance fee-  60 € , monetary prize-  140 €

Category: VETERAN
All musical instruments (piano, strings, winds, folk)
All types of both classical and modern music

Cat. M (over 40 years old)  program: max. 14 min, 2-3 pieces, entrance fee – 50€ ,   monetary prize – 140€

All musical instruments (piano, strings, wind, folk)
All types of both classical and modern music

Cat. G. Junior (under 18 years) Program: max 18 minutes, 2-4 pieces, entrance fee – 50 € , monetary prize – 140 €
Cat. N. Senior (over 18 years)

Pianists – Prize of Sviatoslav Richter

Violinists – Prize of David Oistrakh

Cellists –  Prize of Mstislav Rostropovich

Program: Two tours – each max 20 minutes, 2-4 pieces, entrance fee – 100 € , monetary prize – 400 €

Classical, folk, various instruments of the group
All types of both classical and modern music

Cat. I ( up to 14 years) program: max 16 min, entrance fee – 60 €, monetary prize –  180 €
Cat. J ( up to 16-years)  program:  max 18 min,  entrance fee – 70  € , monetary prize-  220 €
Cat. K (up to 18 years) program:  max 20 min,  entrance fee – 80 € , monetary prize  – 260 €
Cat. L (no age restrictions, born in 1997 or before), program: max 22 minutes, entrance fee – 100 €,  monetary prize – 300 €

  1. Soloists must come to the competition with their own accompanist.
    2. The monetary prize is awarded to the laureates of 1 prize, who collected more points (98-100)
    3. The monetary prize is awarded if at least 3 participants in the category
    4. In case of an equal number of points in the category winners, the monetary prize will be divided into equal parts
    5. The jury can give special prizes, 1 Grand Prix in each group of instruments (pianoforte, strings, wind, folk).
    6. Decisions of the jury are final and not subject to revision.
    7. The application form filled in all parts with the attached first page of the passport must be sent no later than September 20, 2017 to the following e-mail address:
    8. The entry fee is paid for in revenge upon registration.
  2. The final audition program will be announced at the end of the acceptance of applications after September 20, 2017



Rules and entry forms are available in several languages from the organisers. For further Information please email Vladimir Zubitsky 



Youtube Video – Romano Viazzani Quintet -Playing Astor Piazzolla’s Suite del Angel

The Romano Viazzani Quintet

Astor Piazzolla’s Suite del Angel – at The London Encounter 2016

The Romano Viazzani Quintet is happy to present the live recording of their debut performance with this line up at The London Encounter in 2016 with Romano Viazzani on Accordion, Corinna Hentschel on Violin, Jonathan Preiss on Guitar, John Bailey on Piano, Yaron Stavi on Double Bass. The ensemble specialises in traditional Argentine and European Tango and other related music and is planning a tour at the end of 2017 and into 2018.

Joanna Strand at The Crazy Coqs (Live at Zedel) 2nd July 2017 – with Romano Viazzani, John Bailey, Jason Reeve and Nick Pini

Joanna Strand and Ensemble, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on Piano, Yaron Stavi on Double Bass, Jason Reeve on drums.

Joanna Strand returns to Live at Zedel (Crazy Coqs) 19.00 on July 2nd 2017

Joanna Strand










Originally billed as Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate but due to her current commitments in Les Miserábles Jacqui Tate will be unable to perform this time round. However Joanna Strand in cabaret will take you on trip through some of the many songs she has been associated with in the past and that have featured in her albums as well as one or two new ones. She will be ably assisted on accordion by Romano Viazzani, on Piano by John Bailey, on drums by Jason Reeve and on Double Bass by Nick Pini.

Always a fabulous night out and in the wonderful Art Deco surroundings of the ex-billiard room of the Regent Palace Hotel and now part of Brasserie Zedel.

Tickets are £25.00 or £49.00 for Dinner and Show

To book: