An invitation to a Kaunas Classical Music Competition- Lithuania

Kaunas Sonorum

A letter from Dr. Gintaras Balciunas inviting British musicians to compete at the famous Kaunas Sonorum

Hello. I‘d like to kindly invite musicians from Great Britain to take part in international classical music competition “Kaunas Sonorum“ which will be held in Kaunas Lithuania from 2nd December till 6th December 2019.  Could you inform your country’s/ city’s music institutions or share this information with your colleagues please. It will be so nice to see musicians from Great Britain in Kaunas next winter.


Have a nice summer and greetings from Lithuania,


Sincerely, Dr. Gintaras Balciunas, the executive director of the competition.



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!


Accordion Chamber Music at The Royal Academy of Music – Thursday 21st Nov 2019

RAM Accordion Dept

Accordion department’s first concert of the new academic year

An afternoon performance of the accordion department’s students, including the new intake of students performing works within several instrumental configurations in a chamber music concert. 
Thursday 21st Nov 2019, 13.05pm

A concert of chamber music with classical accordion.

Free, no tickets required.

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 :

Arthur Aimone receives his new Beltrami CVC5 Classical Accordion

Arthur Aimone

ZZ Music wish Arthur all the very best with his new instrument

Arthur Aimone has just received his new Beltrami CVC5 which is based on the latest model as imagined by Ben de Souza who received his about three years ago while he was studying at the Royal Academy of Music. It’s great to see a young player with such a lovely professional instrument and we hope it will make him a even better player. Arthur has been studying accordion with Ben de Souza. He now has no further use for his previous smaller accordions both of which are featured on our website.  There is an opportunity to purchase a very nice well kept Pigini B2 and a Weltmeister Fixed Free bass model

Arthur Aimone and Romano Viazzani


WARM-UP, Flute and accordion, Jazz and improvisation – a new album from Thomas Sinigaglia



Thomas Sinigaglia presents the new album with the flautist Stefano Benini









WARM-UP, Flute and accordion, Jazz and improvisation. Two instruments perhaps a bit atypical in Afro-American music, but that many musicians, during the twentieth century, explored and inserted into various ensembles, giving them the full right to be part of jazz music spectrum. In this album the two musicians wanted to explore both the more traditional sounds of jazz (Killer Joe, Cute, Some day my prince will come and Nose flute blues, played with a nose flute), and the more experimental and mainstream ones, where pure improvisation and interplay are the masters (Crosstalk and Desert); they also wanted to include a very sweet theme by Caetano Veloso (Lindeza) and two tributes to Lennie Tristano (Out but where? and Turkish mambo) whom they both admire very much. So, a few years ago, when they met, they asked themselves what a jazz duo with flute and accordion would play? This record is their answer! Sdaly not available directly from ZZ Music but…

Listen to the preview of the album on Thomas Sinigaglia’s YouTube channel:

The album can be purchased on and

For contacts: and


Carmen – in 40 minutes! Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Linbury Theatre Foyer -13.00 5th July 2019

ROH logo

Live at Lunch: Friday 5th July 2019, 1pm at Linbury – Free Entry

Tenor – Alexander James Edwards
Mezzo-soprano- Marie Elliott
Violin – Philippa Mo
Accordion – Romano Viazzani
Piano – Kelvin Lim

This Live at Lunch will feature a shortened version of Carmen arranged for piano, accordion and violin, telling the story of how Carmen and Don José fall in love and end up in a state of despair. The arrangement includes the famous Habanera, Flower Song and heart-breaking finale.

Alexander James Edwards - Tenor

Marie Elliot - Mezzo Soprano

Philippa Mo - Violinist

Kelvin Lim - PianistRomano Viazzani - Accordionist

Beltrami Accordions’ Stefano Oggero in the UK over the Summer 2019 undertaking accordion repairs

Stefano Oggero repairing in our workshop

ZZ Music Accordion Repairs hosts visiting technician Stefano Oggero from Beltrami Accordions from August 7th-17th 2019

Stefano Oggero alters a bass grille at Beltrami Accordions in Stradella
Stefano Oggero alters a bass grille at Beltrami Accordions in Stradella











We are happy to announce the return of Stefano Oggero from Beltrami Accordions in Stradella who will be arriving on August 6th 2019 and will be undertaking repairs and tuning work on accordions. His time with us this year is a little shorter in that he needs to leave by August 18th. Over the last year or so Stefano has also opened his own workshop in Stradella called Liuteria Oggero specialising in accordion repairs, guitar repair and production and other stringed instruments too like bass guitars, mandolins and violins.

Liuteria Oggero










We are always happy to take on accordion repairs, tuning and refurbishments so it will be great to have him with us at our workshop in Harrow for a just under two weeks to help out. Oggero trained as a luthier at the Civica Scuola di Liuteria of Milan, Italy.

Stefano Oggero with his mentor Claudio Beltrami in our workshop
Stefano Oggero with his mentor Claudio Beltrami in our workshop











Stefano still undertakes a variety of tasks at Beltrami Accordions in Stradella, from tuning and mechanical work to electronics and wooden casework prototype design. He is one of the few young people who have joined the accordion industry and has been trained well by his mentor Claudio Beltrami. Like his mentor he is meticulous and thorough in his work. So if you have been putting off those accordion repairs or tuning a good time to consider that would be now in time for his arrival. Please email us at to book a visit for an assessment and estimate for any repair work.

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.–9mAhlTrlFmV6pCY2pdk66bsMwhJtYN–FY8XdojgYuVwv9w