Patrick Colson receives his Beltrami CVC5 accordion

Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5

He’s grown so much over the last year that he needed something bigger!

Patrick Colson is one of Romano Viazzani’s star students.  He started piano lessons from scratch in 2012 and has made steady progress to the point where he is now studying for his Grade 8 Piano.  About three years ago, witnessing his phenomenal progress on Piano, Romano Viazzani suggested he might like to try out the accordion too.  He agreed and purchased a small classical button accordion with a converter mechanism so that from the start he could learn both the Standard and Free bass systems.  True to form, he made rapid progress on this instrument too.  Meanwhile at secondary school he also took up the drums and the clarinet!  Patrick is very creative and loves composing music too. Now a teenager, he has made rapid progress size-wise too! His small student instrument was starting to look like a toy on him so he wisely invested in a full-sized professional instrument.  Luckily a very nice previously-owned instrument was available which belonged to Mauro Carra who sadly recently gave up playing professionally. Happily this wonderful instrument has found a new home in the hands of an emerging young musical talent.

Patrick’s Beltrami CVC5 is a double cassotto 64/120/58 converter instrument with the usual reed configuration in the right hand manual of 16’C + 8’C + 8′ + 4′ and with % sets of reeds in the Left-Hand manual with 3 sets of the free bass reeds configured as 8′ + 8′ + 4′ plus octave doubler. It has a wonderfully warm, played in sound from its hand made Voci Armoniche reeds.

I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from Patrick in the future if he maintains his rapid learning curve, and it’s lovely to see a new generation of young people choosing this most wonderful and versatile instrument that is the accordion!

Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5
Patrick Colson and his Beltrami CVC5

Accordion Open Day and Concert at the Royal Academy of Music – 8th November 2018

RAM Accordion Dept

Two RAM Accordion events for your diary

Thursday November 8th sees a concert of chamber music by the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music followed by an accordion open day given by Owen Murray the professor of accordion. Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5 HT. Please see below for details.

Accordion Chamber Music

Thu 8 Nov 2018, 1.05pm

A concert of chamber music with classical accordion.

Free, no tickets required.

Accordion Open Day

Thu 8 Nov 2018, 2.30pm

Tickets: Free, no tickets required.

For further information please email

Head of Accordion Owen Murray gives a talk on the Accordion Department, career possibilities and repertoire development to prospective students. Young accordionists will also have the opportunity to play and receive advice on how to further their development. Anyone wishing to play should email the above address. Teachers are also welcome, and everyone attending is invited to the Accordion Recital in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall at 1.05pm, see above.


Accordionist Maurizio Minardi back in UK with Giorgia Mancio at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho October 11th 2018

Maurizio Minardi

Maurizio Minardi’s first concert in London since relocating to Paris in 2016

Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London.  Doors: 18.30 Concert starts:  £20.30

Great to hear that accordionist, Maurizio Minardi will be back in London where he lived for a number of years and was very active on the London music scene. Who better to return with than with Giorgia Mancio in her programme entitled Somos Unidos.

Giorgia Mancio
Giorgia Mancio









Award-winning vocalist/lyricist/producer Georgia Mancio explores her European and Latin American heritage with some major players from the jazz and world music scenes: accordionist/composer/pianist Maurizio Minardi (in his first London appearance since relocating to Paris in 2016), improvising cellist Shirley Smart, flute virtuoso Gareth Lockrane and seven-string guitarist/composer Luiz Morais. An uplifting repertoire celebrating language, diversity and internationalism beautifully performed in a variety of musical combinations.

Minardi, Italian composer, pianist and accordionist, has released 9 studio albums and performed with Antonio Forcione, Carmen Souza, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Simone Zanchini, Gabrielle Ducomble, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Brandon Allen. He features on Georgia’s 2015 album Live at ReVoice! You can buy Minardi’s CDs on this website.

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Northern Sky Music Magazine said of him “All the studious consideration of Bill Evans and the subtle intensity of Esbjorn Svensson…a modern master” –

Also supporting Ms Mancio will be an all-star line-up comprising of cellist Shirley Smart, Flautist Gareth Lockrane and 7-string guitartist Luis Morais.


Tickets £15 from::

TEYR & The Twisted Twenty – Gales & Tall Tales Tour 2018 -Tommie Roff on Accordion – Folk meets Baroque

TEYR and The Twisted Twenty

TEYR & The Twisted Twenty – Gales & Tall Tales Tour 2018  

TEYR and The Twisted Twenty join forces for a spellbinding double bill full of tales, melodies and musical journeys. Their tour takes them across the south of the UK, stopping off at in Abergavenny, Somerset, West Cornwall and London next week. The concerts are a rare opportunity for collaboration between bands exploring two radically different perspectives on British folk music.

Folk trio TEYR evolved out of London’s thriving session scene, combining bothy ballads, focsle shanties, folk tunes and Irish poetry. Their unique blend of voices and instruments draws links between the many sounds of the Celtic and British isles. Through a mutual love of reworking folk music TEYR came to play with baroque-folk ensemble The Twisted Twenty. The latter are known for their interpretation of early folk music from the 18th century and before. Using original period instruments they blur the lines between what we consider folk and classical, creating new sounds and meaning for British music.

This summer they are thrilled to collaborate to bring you the Gales and Tall Tales Tour 2018. Come explore new and old ley lines through traditional musics.


RnR MAGAZINE ★★★★★ “There are countless bands following a similar path of British acoustic music, but now and again one stands out – TEYR is such a band.”


The Twisted Twenty –
“A hot toddy for the and a summer’s day for the mind.” The Living Tradition “Exhilarating”


Tour Dates 
Abergavenny – The Artshop + Chapel – 10th July
Somerset – Timsbury Parish Church – 11th July
Penzance – The Acorn – 12th July
London – Heath St Baptist Church – 13th July

Full details and tickets:

A busy year ahead for accordionist Milos Milivojevic and The Kosmos Ensemble

Kosmos Ensemble

Milos Milivojevic and the Kosmos Ensemble concert dates right through to October 2019

So great to see Milos Milivojevic and the Kosmos Ensemble doing so well both nationally and internationally. They are a wonderfully inspirational group of excellent musicians and are well worth hearing if you have not yet managed to catch one of their concerts.

Upcoming Kosmos Concerts:
Please click on the underlined links for more details


5th  July, 7.30pm, 2018
Festival of Chichester
Headline concert at Chichester Cathedral with Worthing Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Gibbons, featuring the triple concerto written by Errollyn Wallen for Kosmos

1st  August, 2018, 7.45pm
St Mary’s Church Rotherhithe, London
TunedIn Series, London

7th August, 7.30pm 2018
Church Stretton Festival, Shropshire

​18th August 2019,
Iglesia de la Encarnación de Atxuri, Bilbao
19th  August 2019, Vitoria

15th September 2018
Curry Rivel Music Club Somerset

23rd  September 2018
Tintern Abbey Festival ,Wales
Kosmos perform Errollyn Wallen’s triple concerto written for them with the Welsh Chamber Orchestra and Anthony Hose conducting.

23rd – 27th September 2018
Recording of third album, for Nimbus records, at Wyastone Estate, Monmouthshire

7-9th November
Leamington Music evening concert
and daytime outreach concerts

15th  November, 2018, 1pm
lunchtime concert at St John’s Smith Square, London

16th  November, 2018, 7.30pm
Salisbury Arts Centre

6th  December, 2018  7.30pm 
Cambridge,  New Europe Society (venue tbc)

13th  December 2018, 7.30pm
Canterbury Music Society


18th  January, 2019
West Kilbride Music, Scotland

9th March, 2019
Ackworth Music Society, West Yorkshire,

13th  March, 2019
Saddleworth Concerts Society tbc

22nd  March, 7.30pm, 2019
Stockbridge Music, Hampshire

1st  – 9th  April, 2019
Tour of Scotland
including Newtonmore, Glencoe, Isle of Eigg and Skye with concerts and outreach.

5th June 1.30pm, 2019
Bridgewater Hall, Barbirolli Room, Manchester

17th – 24th  June 2019
Tour of Scotland
Scottish tour including concerts at Lyth Arts Centre and Nairn Music Club.

19th October , 7.30pm, 2019
Newton Abbott Music Society

Accordionist Bjarke Mogensen – UK Tour with his ensemble KOTTOS – May 2018

Bjarke Mogensen

Accordionist Bjarke Mogensen and his Ensemble on Tour in UK

Bjarke Mogensen, professor of accordion at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, is touring the UK with his ensemble KOTTOS next week.

KOTTOS is rather unique ensemble with some of the greatest Danish instrumental talents of their generation. They perform arranged works by Bartok, Grieg, Liadov & Rimsky-Korsakov as well as their own compositions in a programme that explores folklore inspired works within the classical music.

Find them in Tetbury, Hexham and Dunblane:

– 16/5/18 – 19.30 Tetbury Goods Shed, Arts center
– 18/5/18 – 19.30 Nordic Voices Festival – Hexham
– 20/5/18 15.00 Dunblane Cathedral

KOTTOS comprises internationally award winning musicians led by accordionist Bjarke Mogensen, Pernille Petersen, recorder, Josefine Opsahl, cello & Christos Farmakis, bouzouki.

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango – The Pheasantry 14th July 2018

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble in action

Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand 

The Pheasantry (Pizza Express LIve), Kings Road, London

Tel: 020 7439 4962

Doors open at 18.30, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

After their sell-out concert at The Pheasantry in January the Romano Viazzani are back in London on July 14th 2018. The ensemble has gathered in its ranks some of the finest musicians from the world of classical, jazz and Latin American music to bring to its audiences Tango-inspired music using an instrumental line-up similar to Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet. With this combination of Corinna Hentschel on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Yaron Stavi on double bass they not
only perform the music of Piazzolla as it was originally intended but also use this combination of sounds to bring us new music as well as traditional Argentine and European Tango, and other associated music. With special guest singers from London’s West End stage, Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Maidstone Music Festival – 2018 – 24th-25th November

Maidstone Music Festival Logo

Accordions at Maidstone Music Festival

Maidstone Music Festival is a beautifully-run Music festival in the heart of Kent and one of the few that includes an accordion and related instruments category. For this reason amongst many, it should be supported by the accordion scene in the UK.  There are solo, duet and ensemble categories and the festival organisers’ enthusiasm for the instrument is undiminished even though last year they had to pull the category due to cancellation of some of the participants.  Let’s hope that that doesn’t happen this year.To top it all the festival organisers are very nice friendly people too and accordionists are always made most welcome so really deserve support.   So get registering. The last entry date is October 8th 2018 and the festival will take place on the 24th and 25th November 2018.  Details are set out below.  Click on the syllabus for more details or log onto the festival website to download forms.


Please contact Sue Greenham (Chair)

Maidstone Music Festival, Gunning House, 60 Upper Fant Road, Maidstone ME16 8DN

Phone: 01622 750943

E-mail: info @

Facebook group: Maidstone Music Festival Website:



Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango – Pizza Express Live BIRMINGHAM 6th May 2018


Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Tango

With special guests Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand – Pizza Express Live- Birmingham,

PizzaExpress, Brindley Place, The Water’s Edge, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HL

Tel: 0121 643 2500

Doors open at 18.00, show starts at 20.00. £20.00

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble take their sell-out London show to Birmingham. It has gathered in its ranks some of the finest musicians from the world of classical, jazz and Latin American music to bring to its audiences Tango-inspired music using an instrumental line-up similar to Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet. With this combination of Corinna Hentschel on violin, Romano Viazzani on accordion, John Bailey on piano, Jonathan Preiss on guitar and Yaron Stavi on double bass they not only perform the music of Piazzolla as it was originally intended but also use this combination of sounds to bring us new music as well as traditional Argentine and European Tango, and other associated music.  With special guests  Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Royal Academy of Music – The Spirit of Tango – Concert

Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi

The Spirit of Tango featuring Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi

Friday 4th May at 7.30 pm in the Duke’s Hall, RAM. Marylebone Road, London

The internationally renowned Bandoneon virtuoso performs alongside Academy string, piano and accordion students with a programme inspired by tango music. Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi is one of those rare beasts who plays accordion and bandoneon.  He has been working with accordion students on their interpretation of Piazzolla and other Tango-related music. Pietrodarchi plays the chromatic bandoneon which many accordionists find easier to adapt to than the most common “bi-sonoric” variety used in Argentina. This gives him a unique insight into both instruments and in translating bandoneon phrasing onto the accordion. As a performer Pietrodarchi is always a joy to listen to and the accordion department were very impressive too in the last Spirit of Tango event.

Tickets are £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office.