TANGO! The Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Sunday Lunchtime- 10th March 2019


Romano Viazzani (accordion)
Corinna Hentschel (violin)
Yaron Stavi (double bass)
Jonathan Preiss (electric guitar)
John Bailey (piano)
Joanna Strand (singer) & Jacqui Tate (singer)

Tickets £20  available from https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble


Accordionist Žika Nikolić – It all began with a small, red Russian accordion – New on-line Interview

Živorad Nikolić

Živorad Nikolić gives a rare interview

It is rare indeed to see Živorad “Žika” Nikolić giving an on line interview even though he’s a hard working accordionist of the highest level living in London and enriching the London music scene with his eclectic mix of musical specialisations, after having settled from his native Serbia and having studied accordion at the Royal Academy of Music. He teaches and also performs solo as a classical accordionist as well as in quite a few ensembles including Paprika alongside his friend and fellow accordionist Milos Milivojević (specialising in Balkan traditional music), the Fugata Quintet (who specialise in Piazzolla and Tango) and She’koyokh who play eastern European and Klezmer music. For accordion anoraks who enjoy such details Žika plays an instrument which has a B griff button system in the right-hand but a C griff button system in the left-hand free-bass.  The story goes that when his parents were looking for a free bass accordion to buy from him, that was the accordion they found so he learned to play the two different systems with out giving it a second thought.

The interview has some wonderful video musical excerpts where you can hear him at his very best playing and even singing with various ensembles. Enjoy.



Royal Academy of Music – Accordion Masterclass with Friedrich Lips 21st Feb 2019

Friedrich Lips

Royal Academy of Music – Accordion Masterclass with visiting Professor, Friedrich Lips

Thursday 21st Feb 2019, 10.00 – 13.00
Space: Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Venue: Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT

It’s always wonderful to see visiting professors from the world’s most renowned conservatoires come to London and work with the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music. The students really get to show how quickly they are able to pick up on the teacher’s ideas and it’s always inspiring for any attending teachers and students alike to see how much can be achieved within one master class with the RAM students. Friedrich Lips, internationally renowned teacher, professor and Head of Accordion at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow has made many, many recordings and has been a key figure both on the concert platform and in the encouragement of new repertoire for the accordion. Accordion teachers, students and accordion devotees all welcome.

Free, no tickets required.

Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival – Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019


Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival

Saturday 8, Sunday 9, Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June 2019

Prizewinner’s Concert & Presentation of Awards

Saturday 22 June 2019

The concert is presented as part of the Sevenoaks Summer Festival

President: Lord Sackville  Hon. Vice President:  Mrs F Pragnell

This is one of two popular and friendly music festivals in the South East of England who include and actively encourage the participation of accordionists. Maidstone Music Festival was last November and now June see the return of neighbouring festival Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival in June 2019. The Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival, started in 1951, is well known and popular with Adjudicators and competitors as friendly and enthusiastic, and draws entries from all over the South-east. Many past competitors have gone on to become successful professionals and some are now entering their pupils in the Festival, knowing the benefits and experience they can gain and the sheer enjoyment of performing in front of an audience. singing (including Choirs), Woodwind & Brass (including Orchestras), Strings and Accordions.
You can look up the details and download the relevant forms for entry into the solo duet and ensemble categories on the festival website. There are many categories for all levels and ages. ZZ Music hopes that Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival gets a good response from accordionists, ensembles so that the festival continue to include an accordion section in their programme.

Accordionist Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade at the Wigmore Hall with Diphonon Duo – Tuesday 12th February 2019


Bechstein Sessions at the Wigmore Hall: Diphonon Duo (Accordion and Viola)

Tuesday 12th February 2019 18.15 Wigmore Hall, Wigmore Street, London

Great to see accordionist Inigo Mikeleiz-Berrade, freshly graduated from the Royal Academy of Music’s accordion department playing in the Bechstein Sessions, a series of informal performances in the Bechstein Bar of the Wigmore Hall. The Diphonon Duo, are a dynamic viola and accordion duo which last year was the Royal Academy of Music/Wigmore Hall Fellowship Ensemble, to perform a range of pieces inspired by our festival theme of Sense of Home. Double Zed Music wishes the duo every success on their journey to what will be undoubtedly a promising musical career for them both.

Diphonon Duo
Michael Iskas – viola
Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade – accordion

Tickets £5.00: https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/bechstein-sessions-diphonon-duo-201902121815

Accordionist Ksenija Sidorova back in UK in concert at Cadogan Hall – London Chamber Orchestra – Vivaldi & Piazzolla – The Seasons- 6th February 2019

Ksenija Sidorova

London Chamber Orchestra
The Four Seasons²

Cadogan Hall, Wednesday 6 February 2019, 7.30pm 

Part of London Chamber Orchestra 2018-19, Series discount available

So great to see the incredible accordionist Ksenija Sidorova back in the UK with amazing new arrangements of two major works. Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. What does Italian baroque music have in common with Argentinian tango? They’re both full of rhythm and dance, both have freedom to embellish and improvise. Hear the two meet as we take one of orchestral music’s most recognisable pieces and reinvent it with a Latin twist, including both violin and accordion soloists.

Sidorova has been travelling extensively all over the world doing hundreds of concerts for her German record Label Deutsche Gramophon and has been busy being a wonderful ambassador for the the accordion, it’s music and it’s image globally. She always has great affection for London as she lived here for many years and studied accordion at the Royal Academy of Music so it is great that she is able to play these double concertos at the wonderful Cadogan Hall back in the city where she spent so much of her time as a student and has so many friends.

The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Oliver Zeffman
Leticia Moreno
Ksenija Sidorova

TICKETS £40, £30, £20, £10
ENCORE Members: £5 off top price tickets
Students and Under 18s: £5 (available only in person with valid identification): 


Jonathan Dove Accordion Concerto Premiere – Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen – Owen Murray – May 2nd-4th 2019

Owen Murray

Performance Details – May 2nd (Edinburgh), May 3rd (Glasgow) and May 4th (Aberdeen) 2019 – Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Jonathan Dove
Jonathan Dove

MOZART Symphony No 34 in C, K338 (21’)
DOVE Accordion Concerto World Premiere (20’)
LIGETI Concerto Românesc (15’)
HAYDN Symphony No 90 in C (24’)

It is not often this happens for sure.  An accordion concerto by one of the UK’s foremost contemporary composers. Jonathan Dove’s concertos are often more than they seem, for example, his flute concerto The Magic Flute Dances imagines the life of the magic flute after the end of Mozart’s eponymous opera. His new Accordion Concerto promises to be a fitting tribute to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, drawing influences from his love of Orkney. Max had been commissioned to write the concerto for accordion virtuoso Owen Murray, but sadly he passed away just as he was about to start work on it.  Luckily Dove rose to the challenge, rescued the situation and has now completed the work. And what a work! ZZ Music can reveal that Owen Murray, professor of accordion at the Royal Academy of Music has tried the work and is delighted with it commenting that it is absolutely beautiful. Given that this is a rare occurrence in the UK ZZ Music sincerely hopes that the three Scottish concert halls will be full in support of a major new work for the accordion.  Good attendances will only encourage promoters to programme more accordion music in the future so can only be good for the instrument. The accordion, along with the ‘fiddle’ and bagpipes are synonymous with Scottish music and what a fitting tribute to the instrument that the concerto will be premiered in three major Scottish cities. This premiere is down to the dogged determination of Owen Murray to keep the accordion present on its recently-gained position on the classical concert platform and to leave a legacy of good works for the next generations of players. ZZ Music wishes Owen Murray, Jonathan Dove and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra a huge success with this work. If you arrive early enough there will also be an introduction by Jonathan Dove on the Concerto. And May the 4th be with them!

The programme will also include Mozart and Haydn who, are both in high spirits in their symphonies here – Haydn plays a joke that is sure to catch you out – while Ligeti is in rustic, folksy mood.

Clemens Schuldt: Conductor
Owen Murray: Accordion
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore: Violin

Composer Insights: 6.30pm Jonathan Dove introduces his new accordion concerto Northern Lights

Kindly supported by Mr Roland Williams, PRS Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music

Thu 2 May,19:30
The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
From £17.50 Book tickets
Fri 3 May,19:30
City Halls, Glasgow
From £17.00 Book tickets
Sat 4 May,19:30
Aberdeen Music Hall , Aberdeen
£29.00 – £13.00 Book tickets


Jonathan Dove is one of the UK foremost composers

Jonathan Dove’s music has filled opera houses with delighted audiences of all ages on five continents. Few, if any, contemporary composers have so successfully or consistently explored the potential of opera to communicate, to create wonder and to enrich people’s lives.

Born in 1959 to architect parents, Dove’s early musical experience came from playing the piano, organ and viola. Later he studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge and, after graduation, worked as a freelance accompanist, repetiteur, animateur and arranger. His early professional experience gave him a deep understanding of singers and the complex mechanics of the opera house. Opera and the voice have been the central priorities in Dove’s output throughout his subsequent career.

Starting with his breakthrough opera Flight, commissioned by Glyndebourne in 1998, Dove has gone on to write over twenty operatic works. Flight, a rare example of a successful modern comic opera, has been produced and broadcast many times, in Europe, the USA and Australia. More recently, The Adventures of Pinocchio, premiered by Opera North at Christmas 2007, achieves another rare feat in contemporary opera, being a successful full-length symphonically-conceived entertainment for a family audience. It too has been produced across the world.

Dove’s innate understanding of the individual voice is exemplified in his large and varied choral and song output. His carol The Three Kings was commissioned for the famous Nine Lessons and Carols service at King’s College, Cambridge. Dove’s confident optimism has made him the natural choice as the composer for big occasions. In 2010 A Song of Joys for chorus and orchestra opened the festivities at the Last Night of the Proms. Works such as his Missa Brevis, Wells Canticles and The Passing of the Year are in the repertories of choirs across the world.

A sure sense of dramatic narrative also informs Dove’s orchestral and instrumental music. Stargazer, a concerto for trombone and orchestra commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and premiered by them with Ian Bousfield and Michael Tilson Thomas, has been described by Dove as an opera for the solo instrument. In The Magic Flute Dances, a flute concerto, Dove imagines the life of Mozart’s eponymous instrument once the opera has ended.

Throughout his career Dove has made a serious commitment to community development through innovative musical projects. Tobias and the Angel, a 75-minute opera written in 1999, brings together children, community choirs, and professional singers and musicians in a vivid and moving retelling of the Book of Tobit. His 2012 opera Life is a Dream, written for Birmingham Opera Company, was performed by professionals and community choruses in a disused Birmingham warehouse, and a church opera involving community singers The Walk from The Garden was premiered at Salisbury Cathedral as part of the 2012 Salisbury International Arts Festival.

2015 brought the World Premiere of The Monster in the Maze, a new community opera commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in three separate productions.



TANGO! The Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Sunday Lunchtime- 10th March 2019


Romano Viazzani (accordion)
Corinna Hentschel (violin)
Yaron Stavi (double bass)
Jonathan Preiss (electric guitar)
John Bailey (piano)
Joanna Strand (singer) & Jacqui Tate (singer)

Tickets £20  available from https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble


Accordion Master Class at the Royal Academy of Music with Alfred Melichar -24th January 2019


Accordion Master Class at the RAM with Alfred Melichar – professor from Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria

Thursday 24 January 2019 from 10.00 to 13.00

The master class will be at the RAM in the Concert Room and will be taken by visiting professor Alfred Melichar who is professor of accordion at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. He will be working with the students of the accordion department on their pieces. He will also talk about the development of the accordion in Austria. All are welcome to come and watch and may be of special interest to both teachers and accordion students. Admission is free.


Douglas Ward – Reedwax Music – New website makeover

Douglas Ward


Accordionist Douglas Ward has played the accordion for over 50 years, professionally for 17 of those years, and the accordion took him around the world. He’s always in demand for adjudication in various accordion competitions.

Over the past few years, he has been busy composing for the instrument. On his recently, and most attractively, revamped Reedwax Music website, there are now over 80 compositions, and in the Accordion Music Shop, teachers and players can choose a piece, and click on BUY to download the compositions directly – with PayPal. All prices are in Sterling.

Teachers can also click on the first photo on the website home page (“For Teachers”) where it lists the compositions, the grades, and whether a piece is for Standard Bass, or Free Bass instruments. The website is very easy to navigate and the music is beautifully presented.  We hope that both teachers and students will take this opportunity to investigate and we at ZZ Music wish Douglas Ward every success with it.