OH LA LA! MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – A tribute to French music – Fifi la Mer- 9th OCTOBER 2019 – Brasserie Zedel

Fifi la Mer back at Zedel

“Oh la la!” mixes Parisian folk music with 60’s French pop, film & impressionist music and unforgettable jazz standards.

The evocative sound of the accordion blended with Olly Wilby’s clarinet, Colin Oxley’s guitar, Julian Bury’s double bass playing and the voice of Fifi la Mer will take you straight back to that little café by the Eiffel Tower. Olly, on tenor saxophone, encouraged by the rest of the band will take you straight to a crazy Parisian jazz club by Pigalle.

All the band members are world class musicians – performances include the Royal Albert Hall, touring the world as well as appearing on television in Mr. Selfridge, the Proms, Holby City, TOP2 live, Children in need (Canada).

The music is of the highest standard and the band makes sure everyone has a great time.

The perfect mix of emotional moments and exhilarating fun.

A evening to remember.

You can purchase two Oh La La CDs of Fifi la Mer here!

Tickets: https://www.brasseriezedel.com/live-at-zedel/oh-la-la-oct-2019

Ben de Souza and Chloë Meade forthcoming concert dates in aid of charities Daisy’s Dream and CALM


New Autumn dates for the popular accordion and violin duo

Accordionist Ben de Souza and violinist Chloë Meade have a number of forthcoming concerts, presenting solo and duo works by composers including Schnittke, Mozart, Hermosa, Piazzolla, Zolotaryov, Bach and more.


Saturday 28th September – Salisbury Chamber Music Club

Salisbury United Reformed Church, Fisherton Street, SP2 7RG


Tickets: £6/£5, students & under 18s £2/£1


Friday 11th October – Lunchtime Recital

The New Room chapel, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE


Free entry



Friday 11th October

St Peter’s Pilning, Cross Hands Rd, Pilning, Bristol, BS35 4JB


Tickets (on the door): £10, under-16s £5


Friday 18th October

Wesley Methodist Church, Queen’s Road, Reading, RG1 4BW


Tickets (on the door): £10, under-16s £5

All proceeds to be split between Daisy’s Dream, a Reading-based charity supporting grieving children, and CALM, a national charity tackling male suicide.




London Tango – Romano Viazzani Ensemble – 13th October 2019 – Pizza Express, Holborn

Romano Viazzani Ensemble 2019

London Tango – Sunday Evening Concert – Romano Viazzani Ensemble – 13th October 2019

Now with special guest appearance by the wonderful Argentine bandoneonist Nico Velazquez

Nico Velazquez
Nico Velazquez

Doors 18.00 Show starts 20.00

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble are back at the Pizza Express, this time at their newest London venue in Holborn.  The band will be playing a selection of Argentine tangos from the music of Astor Piazzolla as well as traditional Argentine and European Tangos. You will also be able to hear the latest additions their London Tango album due to be released in early 2019. Come and hear your favourite tangos and some exciting new ones too! We are so lucky to welcome Nico Velazquez from Argentina to join us for a spot on the bandoneon. He will not fail to scintillate!






The Band

John Bailey (piano)

Barbara Dziewiecka-Data (violin)

Nick Pini (double bass)

Jonathan Preiss (electric guitar)

Joanna Strand (vocals)

Jacqui Tate (vocals)

Romano Viazzani (accordion)

TICKETS £20  available from : https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/london-tango

Romano Viazzani Ensemble launch Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign

Romano Viazzani Ensemble at the Pizza Express Dean Street Photo

London Tango crowdfunding starts – your help needed to reach their goal by 14th July 2019!

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble have launched their new crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to enable them to record an album of tangos featuring many new original tangos written by the band and dedicated to the city of London. For anyone not familiar with crowdfunding it is an increasing popular way for unsigned and independent artists to raise money to fund their projects in return for rewards. For little more than the price of CD you can help fund the recording of it and receive the recording and many optional extras depending on the amount pledged, once the recording has been realised. The aim is to then make a film of the title track but funding for that will be through another route it is hoped.

There is a downside though.  If the project doesn’t reach it’s target of £4000 then the ensemble will not receive any of the money and the project will therefore not go ahead and no money will be taken from the sponsors who pledge their support.  Of course £4000 seems like a very low figure to fund a recording but the ensemble hope they will exceed that figure.  You will love their new material and of course the recording will feature a few old favourites too. You only have till 14th July 2019 to help them raise their target of £4000, otherwise they won’t get a penny! So get pledging!

Click on the link to watch the film and pledge your support.  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/romanoviazzani/london-tango?ref=ksr_email_creator_launch&fbclid=IwAR2fItK1D_–9mAhlTrlFmV6pCY2pdk66bsMwhJtYN–FY8XdojgYuVwv9w

Ben de Souza – New Concert Date – Recital with Chloe Meade on Violin


Ben de Souza accordion recital with Chloe Meade on Violin

Don’t miss this exciting young duo playing at Cambridge University. Ben graduated from the Royal Academy of Music last year and is currently studying choral conducting at Cambridge University.  Chloe is graduating this year and has just performed at her final recital at the Royal Academy of Music.  They have a bright musical future together.They have, just earlier this month, been performing at Hampton Court Palace and at Clare College Chapel.

Thursday 20th June, 12pm

Recital with violinist Chloë Meade

Jesus College Chapel, Cambridge 

Entry FREE


Qianyiu Zhang – Accordion Final Recital Exam – Royal Academy of Music Wednesday 12th June 2019. 17.15

Qianyiu Zhang

Accordion Final Recital Exam

Qianyiu Zhang (aka Samantha) will be performing in her final recital for her post-graduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road London, on Wednesday 12th June at 17.15 in the David Josefowicz Hall.

It really helps the students if they have an audience to play to so please show support for our young accordionists who play so well and are the future of our much-loved instrument. Those who attend will not be disappointed.  In her two years at the RAM Samantha has really impressed her audiences.

She will be playing:

Gubaidulina: Et Expecto

Zolotariev: Sonata No.2

Mikhail Brönner: Jacob’s Ladder (accordion and violin)


Tickets: Free entry

Accordion Showcase – Royal Academy of Music – Thursday 20 June 2019, 19.30


Accordion Showcase

Performance Thursday 20 June 2019, 7.30pm
Don’t miss the last accordion concert of the academic year at the Royal Academy of Music. There will be a programme of solo and chamber music for accordion, including works by JS Bach, Astor Piazzolla and Sofia Gubaidulina. These concerts never cease to amaze those who attend them and in turn it shows great support for the accordion department within the Royal Academy of Music. Watching these students grow in their chosen field is always thrilling to see.

Nuevo Tango Quintet with Qianyu Zhang on Accordion Friday May 3rd 2019 David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Tango Nuevo Quintet

A “new” Tango Ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music

Friday May 3rd 2019 David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music, 19.00 – 20-00

FREE – No Tickets Required

The Nuevo Tango Quintet invites you on a journey through the streets of Buenos Aires to explore an exciting programme of Piazzolla’s music including:

The Angel Series – Milonga del Ángel; Muerte del Ángel; Resurrección del Ángel
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires – Primavera Porteña; Verano Porteño; Otoño Porteño; Invierno Porteño

Violin – Rebecca Bell
Accordion – Qianyu Zhang
Guitar – Plinio Fernandes
Piano – Gus Tredwell
Double Bass – Rhys Lovell

The Nuevo Tango Quintet are incredibly excited to be bringing this music to the Academy and can’t wait to share it with you. This will be a really special evening for them and they would love to see as many of you as possible there! It goes without saying that you are invited to join them for a drink (or ten) afterwards…


Giancarlo Palena – RAM Erasmus Student-Concert Petite Messe Solennelle-St Andrews Church-Holborn London April 5th 2019

Giancarlo Palena

Giancarlo Palena wins 1st Prize in the Sir Karl Jenkins Award

Giancarlo Palena was studying at the Royal Academy of Music on an Erasmus until the end of February this year.  He entered the 5th edition of “The Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award in association with Classic FM 2019”: the panel, chaired by Sir Karl Jenkins, comprised music educationalist, Carol Barratt, chairman of City Music Society, Leslie East, Classic FM presenter, Catherine Bott, managing director of Decca Classical Label Group, Dr. Alexander Buhr and harpist, Catrin Finch, as they seek the most talented instrumentalist in the UK, aged between 18-25. There were 12 candidates selected through a pre-selection for the semifinals held on 23rd March, than just 6 candidates were admitted to the final on 30th March. Both events were at The Arts Club, 40 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NP. A piece from the winner’s competition repertoire as well as a short work especially composed by Karl, will be recorded in a London studio and subsequently broadcast on Classic FM. The panel of judges selected a winner based upon technique, individualism, communication and future potential. How wonderful that an accordionist has won that prize and will now have a composition written for him by Sir Karl Jenkins. Many congratulations to Giancarlo Palena.

You can hear Palena playing in a performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle on April 5th

Friday 5 April 2019 7.30pm St Andrew’s Holborn, London.

M° Paul Ayres conducts City Chorus, performing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. 

Gioacchino Rossini’s last great masterpiece has moments of radiance and uninhibited joy but also a darker side hinting at death as the extinction of meaning. It is music of the soul which speaks directly to every member of the audience and all will enjoy the creativity and craftsmanship displayed in the work.

City Chorus concerts are famously convivial: full of family, friends and supporters of the choir. Our concerts always also feature professional musicians. This concert features: Giancarlo Palena (accordion), Philip Shannon (piano), four other soloists and six choral scholars, conducted by Paul Ayres.

For more information and tickets: http://www.londoncitychorus.com/

Accordion Showcase at the Royal Academy of Music, March 12th 2019 at 19.30

Royal Academy of Music

Accordion Showcase

It’s been a bust start to the year for the Accordion department at the Royal Academy of Music with two Master classes in the last two months and now an Accordion Showcase. It’s always wonderful to trace the student’s progress as they work their way through the years of study at the RAM under the expert tutelage of Owen Murray, as well as all the visiting professors. They always welcome audiences to their concerts as it gives them good training in concert conditions for the wider music world. Don’t miss this year’s promising you talents at this event where the Academy accordion students present a varied programme of solo and chamber music works.
Tue 12 Mar 2019, 7.30pm