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.

Programme:

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.

Programme:

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 – http://www.southhillpark.org.uk/

 

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.

 

Mie Miki Accordion Masterclass at the Royal Academy of Music – June 22nd 2017 10.00-13.00

Mie Miki

Mie Miki – Accordion Masterclass

Thursday 22nd June 10.00 am – 1.00 pm  – Free (no tickets required)

Watching eminent accordion professors work with very capable students is not only a joy but extremely educational for accordion teachers.  Very often one will hear an excellent performance by a student and then the professor mill make some suggestions and the piece will emerge once more but this time it will be different.  It is wonderful to see what different teachers do with the same piece of music and equally fascinating to see very able students adapt instantly to the teacher’s suggestions. Mie Miki is professor of accordion at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Germany. She is one of the world’s top performing musicians and plays a classical accordion which has 9-rows of buttons in the left hand.  The three rows of fixed free bass being placed between the standard bass and the bellows. She has recorded many CDs and is one of the world’s most respected classical accordionists. This is the second time she has visited the Royal Academy. Don’t miss this opportunity to see her at work.

Milos Milivojevic Summer/Autumn Classical Accordion Concert Season 2017

Milos Milivojevic new accordion

Accordionist Milos Milivojevic in full swing for the Summer and Autumn 2017

We join the wonderful Milos Milivojevic in the middle of his busy 2017 schedule.  Just a quick look at his concert dates below shows what busy musician he is playing with many different ensembles.  Always a pleasure to hear Milos always delivers top class performances so catch him with his new classical accordion at a venue near you if you can.

June

1st June 2017, 7.30pm
With Kosmos Ensemble
Music in Quiet Places
St Andrew’s Church
Sempringham
Billingborough
NG34 0LU

2nd June, 7.30pm
Burton Bradstock Festival
With David Juritz Violin and Adrian Bradbury Cello
www.burtonbradstockfestival.com/

7th June, 8pm
Storyhouse, Chester
Gran Caffe Venezia, Ensemble Deva
With Craig Ogden guitar, Sophie Rosa violin, Roberto Carrillo-Garcia bass, Ben Powell, piano.

17th June, 7.30pm
Ulverston Festival
Coronation Hall
With Paprika
http://corohall.co.uk/paprika-ulverston-international-music-festival/

July

13 July 2017, 7.30pm
LSO St Luke’s
Woman at Point Zero
Composed by Bushra El-Turk
Director Maria Koripas
Ensemble Zar:
Merit Ariane Stephanos Firdaus
Louai Alhenawi nays
Miloš Milivojević accordion
Raphaela Danksagmüller flutes
Naomi Sato sho
Carmen Troncoso recorders
http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/woman-at-point-zero-and-four-arab-composers-by-various

13th July – 29th July, London
Alice in Wonderland
Opera Holland Park
www.operahollandpark.com

August

14th – 18th august
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music, Dorset.
www.burtonbradstockfestival.com

September

14th September 2017, 7.30pm
With Kosmos Ensemble
St Wilfrid’s Church
Church Lane
Grappenhall
Warrington WA4 3EP

October
2nd October, 7.30pm
With Kosmos Ensemble
Luton Music Society
www.lutonmusic.org.uk

11th October, 7.30pm
With Kosmos Ensemble
East Finchley Arts Festival
All Saints’ Church
Durham Road
East Finchley
London N2 9DP
www.eastfinchleyartsfestival.org.uk

November
2nd November 2017, 1.30pm
With Kosmos Ensemble
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ, UK
tel: +44 (0)20 7589 5111
http://www.imperial.ac.uk/music-and-arts/music/lunchtime-concerts
For further information on Milos see http://milosmilivojevic.com/site/?page_id=2514

POSTPONED – Pietro Roffi Scarlatti Recital on Classical Accordion – St Bride’s Church, London July 22nd 2016

Pietro Roffi

CONCERT POSTPONED TILL 17th MARCH 2017 at 12.15pm

From Santa Cecilia to St Bride’s

Classical Accordionist Pietro Roffi performs his recital “I love Scarlatti!” in the centre of London. The stage is the wonderful St. Bride’s Church and the entrance will be FREE!

CONCERT PROGRAMME:

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Sonata in F major K 107 (Allegro)

Sonata in C minor K 11 (Allegro)

Sonata in G major K 63 (Capriccio, Allegro)

Sonata in D minor K 9 (Allegro)

Sonata in A major K 208 (Adagio e cantabile)

Sonata in E minor K 98 (Allegrissimo)

Sonata in B minor K 87 (Andante)

Sonata in C major K 100 (Allegrissimo)

Sonata in D major K 140 (Allegro)

Sonata in E major K 380 (Andante commodo)

Sonata in F minor K 466 (Andante moderato)

Sonata in F minor K 386 (Presto)

Sonata in F major K 6 (Allegro)

Sonata in G minor K 234 (Andante)

Sonata in A major K 322 (Allegro)

Sonata in B flat major K 172 (Allegro)

Sonata in C major K 159 (Allegro)

 

Friday 22nd July 2016,  at 13:15 St. Bride’s Church, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8AU

Pietro Roffi is a young classical accordion concert artist. He was born in 1992 near Rome; he started studying music when he was six years old and he graduated with full marks, honours and honourable mention at the conservatory “S. Cecilia” in Rome under the direction of the Professor Massimiliano Pitocco. He won more than fifteen national and international competitions in the modern genre, among which the third prize at the Accordion World Trophy (Spain, Vigo 2010) and the first prize at theInternational competition of Castefidardo (Italy, 2010). During his music education, which is completely devoted now to classical, baroque and contemporary music, he attended seminars with O. Murray (United Kingdom), C. Jacomucci (Italy), Y. Shishkin (Russia), F. Angelis (France), M. Rantanen (Finland), S.Hussong (Germany), C.X. Qing (China), R. Sviackevicius (Lithuania), A. Melichar (Austria). He carries out an intense concert activity both in Italy (where he performed, among others, at the Theatre of Villa Torlonia [Rome], at the Eliseo Theatre [Rome], at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary art [Rome],for EXPO Milan 2015, for Summer nights in Castel S. Angelo [Rome], for Nuova Consonanza’s festival [Rome] and for Narnia Festival [Narni]), and in foreign countries. In Europe he went on tour in Croatia, in Spain, in England where he performed in various concerts among which we remark that at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at Peterborough Cathedral (Cambridge) and in Romania, where he has recently performed in Cluj-Napoca (at the Academia de Muzică “Gh.Dima) and in Bucharest at the National University of Music where he has recorded a live concert for Romanian national television and radio. He also performed in concert (both in 2013 and 2014) in Beijing, Tianjing and Nanjing (at the Nianjing University of Arts) in China, for the Italian cultural institutes of Beijing and Shangai. In 2014 he performed in thirteen cities in Argentina, meeting great acclaim by the audience and by the critics. Particularly interested in new developments of contemporary music, he constantly works together with Italian composers to write essays about the accordion and he himself wrote an essay about the composition for this instrument that will  be published soon. He gave master classes at the Academia de Muzică “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca and at the National University of Music in Bucharest. In 2016 he will be on a long international tour which will include Romania again, Australia, South Africa, China, England and Chile and he will record his first album completely devoted to Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas.

Ben de Souza in Concert – Friday 15th July 2016 – 19.30 – Reading, Berkshire

Ben de Sousa with his new Beltrami CVC5

Ben de Souza  – Accordion Recital

Royal Academy of Music student Ben de Souza presents a concert of original and transcription works for the accordion, including composers such as Bach, Scarlatti, Trojan, Zolotaryov and Angelis.

Ben will be joined in the second half by soprano Elly Broomfield, a fellow Royal Academy of Music student, for an exciting programme of music by Handel, Gounod, Haydn, Purcell and Piazzolla.

Do come along for what promises to be a great evening’s entertainment!

This concert is to raise funds for building work at the church.
Tickets available on the door only.
Adults: £10
Students: £7
Children: £5

Wesley Methodist Church, Queens Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 4BW

Friday 15th July 2016 – 19.30 

Parking available at the church and nearby roads and car parks.
The church is a 10 minute walk from Reading station (direct rail links to London Paddington and Waterloo).”

Royal Academy of Music Accordion Masterclass 21st June 2016 – Bjarke Mogensen

Bjarke Mogensen

The last of this season’s interesting and informative accordion masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music before the summer recess.  This month sees the visit of Bjarke Mogensen who teaches accordion at the Royal Danish Conservatoire, where Royal Academy of Music accordion professor studined himself under Mogens Ellegard.

This, as ever, is the perfect opportunity for teachers of accordion to go along and see visiting professors from conservatoires from all over the world work with the accordion students at the Royal Academy of Music.  It is always fascinating to see how different teachers present a variety of ideas to the students and bring out different characteristics in their playing.

Tuesday, 21.06.2016 10:00, York Gate 150

10.00am–1.00pm. (then Lunch) resuming at 2.00–5.00pm

With Bjarke Mogensen, from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen

Free, no tickets required

Royal Academy of Music Events for May – Accordion Showcase and Masterclass

Accordion close up

Accordion Showcase

Iosif Purits playing with percussionist in Lindberg's Metalwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 19th May 2016 19:30, David Josefowitz Recital Hall

Always great to keep up with how well the accordion students at the Royal Academy of Music are doing and watching them develop in to fine young artists. It is now 30 years this coming September that the accordion was introduced there.The Academy was the first British conservatoire to introduce teaching for classical accordion as a principal study. Owen Murray has been Head of Accordion since the department was founded in 1986. Going along to support these events enable the students to play for a good size audience and I have seen concerts becoming more and more well-attended over the years which shows that there’s plenty of interest in the accordion out there.

Accordion students will play solo and chamber music works by JS Bach, Scarlatti, Trojan and Berio.

 

Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5.50) from the Academy’s Box Office: online now, telephone 020 7873 7300(weekdays 10am–4pm)

Accordion Masterclass

24th May 2016 10.00 – 17.00. Lunch 12.00 -1.00 pm. Professor Janne Rättyä. Head of accordion, Graz conservatoire, Austria

Free Admission

Owen Murray with Matti Rantenen with rising stars and ex-RAM students Milos Milivojevic and Ksenija Sidorova at last month's master class.
Owen Murray with Matti Rantenen with rising stars and ex-RAM students Milos Milivojevic and Ksenija Sidorova at last month’s master class.

 

 

Ben de Sousa Accordion Recital – Sunday 6th December 2015 –

Ben de Sousa

One of the UK’s rising young accordion talents, Ben de Sousa will be performing works by Bentzon, Trojan, Bach and Scarlatti at a recital on Sunday 6th December at Old Bluecoat School, 1 Chapel Street, Thatcham (nr Newbury) RG18 4JT.  Tickets are available on the door and are priced at £10 for adults and £5 students.  Ben de Sousa is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Owen Murray.

Starts at 16.00.  Arrive early for cake!