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
https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/kottos/
– 18/5/18 – 19.30 Nordic Voices Festival – Hexham
https://www.queenshall.co.uk/sites/default/files/Nordic%20Voices%20pdf.pdf
– 20/5/18 15.00 Dunblane Cathedral
https://www.dunblanecathedral.org.uk/event/3910603

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.

CONTACT & INFORMATION

Please contact Sue Greenham (Chair)

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

Phone: 01622 750943

E-mail: info @ maidstonemusicfestival.org.uk

Facebook group: Maidstone Music Festival Website:

www. maidstonemusicfestival.org.uk

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

romano-viazzani-tango-ensemble

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.
Tickets: https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-romano-viazzani-ensemble

Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution – RAM Accordion Students

RAM Accordion Dept

Royal Academy accordion students perform with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy

The Royal Academy accordion students will also be performing with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Friday 18th May and again at the Royal Festival Hall, London on Sunday 20th May both at 7.30 pm.

In an all-Prokofiev programme, Conductor Laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts the Crouch End Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Voices.

The show-stopping finale combines rousing melodies with a huge ensemble of chorus, orchestra, brass band, accordions, machine gun sounds, and the voice of Lenin: the dazzling Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution.

“You are a revolutionary in music, we are revolutionaries in life. We ought to work together. But if you want to go to America I shall not stand in your way.” So said a ‘People’s Commissar’ to Sergei Prokofiev, when the composer left to escape the chaos of the new Soviet Union in 1918. It would be 18 years before Prokofiev would return home permanently.

Two dramatic cantatas by Prokofiev were composed just before and after his self-imposed exile. Seven, They Are Seven (1917) takes its text from the Russian translation of an ancient Mesopotamian script. The massive Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the Revolution, featuring an accordion orchestra, military band, megaphone and maxim gun, brings the series to an earth-shattering close.

The concert also features Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 – violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

Vladimir Ashkenazy conductor

Soloists include:

Pekka Kuusisto, Philharmonia Voices, Crouch End Festival Chorus, students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

PROKOFIEV Autumnal

PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 1

PROKOFIEV Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution with the accordion students of the Royal Academy of Music

Here is the link to the Philharmonia page which gives all the details:

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/conductor/1/ashkenazy_vladimir

https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1760?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=e-flyerVoR20180520choral&utm_content=VoR_20180520_version_A

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Simone Zanchini and Antonello Salis 15th April 2018 Teatro Rossini – Pesaro, Italy

Simone Zanchini e Antonello Salis

LIBERI.. ! Antonello Salis – Simone Zanchini DUO

Teatro Rossini Pesaro

Piazza Lazzarini, 1, 61121 Pesaro PU, Italy
Phone+39 0721 387621

Simone Zanchini (accordion, live electronics)

Antonello Salis   (accordion, pianoforte)

Anyone visiting the Castelfidardo area in mid April should not miss this incredible duo comprising of two giants of the Jazz Accordion. Simone Zanchini and Antonello Salis will be at the Teatro Rossini in Pesaro (just up the coast from Castelfidardo) on Sunday April 15th 2018 at 18.00 with Zanchini on accordion and live electronics and Salis on Accordion and Piano. This is all part of the Theatre’s 58th concert season. Be prepared to be thrilled by these two amazing musicians.

Tickets http://www.teatridipesaro.it/spettacolo/antonello-salis-simone-zanchini

Karen Tweed and Karen Street Accordion-sing-alongs May 12th and May 13th 2018

Karen Tweed and Karen Street

Time to sing with the two Karens!

Don’t forget that WORLD ACCORDION DAY is on the horizon in May and to celebrate, the two Karens – Karen Street and Karen Tweed have 2 x TIME TO SING! days – one in CAMBRIDGE and one in KNUTSFORD:

Saturday May 12th : CAMBRIDGE Barhill Church, Hanover Close, Barhill, Cambridge CB23 8EH

10am -1pm : Workshop/rehearsal (for participating accordionists)

2pm – 4pm : Concert and sing-a-long with performances by Karen Street & Karen Tweed, Dawn Loombe and guests. Concert tickets £5

Accordionists wishing to participate and play need to register (fee is £12 and includes the concert) – for more details call/text: 01954 780772 / 07415 456307 or email:

karenstweed27@gmail.com

Music will be sent out in advance and all standards are welcome.

Sunday May 13th : KNUTSFORD Marthall Village Hall, Sandlebridge Lane, Knutsford WA16 7SB

11am -1pm : Workshop/rehearsal (for participating accordionists)

2pm – 5pm : Concert and sing-a-long with performances by Karen Street & Karen Tweed, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Barry Graham, Helen Rich, Mike Richards and Paul Hobbs. Concert tickets £3

Accordionists wishing to participate and play need to register (fee is £12 and includes the concert) – for more details call: Steve Hughes 01782 787935
or email:

steveh0g@gmail.com

Music will be sent out in advance and all standards are welcome.

Ben de Souza Concert Dates Spring/Summer 2018

Ben de Souza

Ben de Souza Accordion Recital/Concert Dates

It’s a busy few months ahead for RAM student Ben de Souza, now in his fourth undergraduate year! What a wonderfully varied set of concerts he has coming up.

Friday 4th May, 7:30pm, Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT – The Spirit of Tango with Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. Tickets TBC.

Friday 18th (St David’s Hall, Cardiff) and Sunday 20th May (Royal Festival Hall, London). Both 7:30pm. Performances of Prokofiev’s Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy.

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/cardiff_voices_of_revolution

http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/…/voices_of_revolution_exile_

Saturday 26th May, 7:30pm, St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, NW3 1NU – Solo accordion recital. Free entry (retiring collection).

Sunday 3rd June, 4pm, Old Blue Coat School, Thatcham RG18 4JT. Solo accordion recital. Tickets £10 (£5 children) available on 01635 869 869 or simon@witcombs.co.uk https://oldbluecoatschool.org.uk/category/events/

Friday 8th June, 3:25pm, Royal Academy of Music, NW1 5HT – BMus Final Recital. Free entry.

Saturday 16th June, 7:30pm, Bell Street Methodist Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8AL – Accordion and violin duo recital with Chloë Meade. Free entry (retiring collection)

Saturday 30th June, 7:30pm, St James’ Sussex Gardens, Paddington, W2 3UD. Voices of London Festival – Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose by Alexander L’Estrange.

Andrei Oloieri – Accordion Concert – Ripley Accordion Club 16th March 2018

Andrei Oloieri

Andrei Oloieri – Special Guest Accordionist at Ripley Accordion Club 16th March 2018

Guildford Accordion Club – Ripley Village Hall, High Street Ripley, Surrey GU23 6AF

Originaly from Moldova Andrei began his musical studies at the age of 7 mastering the Violin and Accordion. He studied at music college in Kishnew for 9 years and then moved to Romania where he studied composition for 2 years at the Music Conservatoire in Cluj – Napoca.

He began his musical career playing accordion in the renowned San Marco Square in Venice and from then on his love for both music and travel have led him to work all around the world either on Violin, Piano or Accordion. He spent 3 years working in Japan as part of a classical group and as a featured artist on many cruise lines. In 2009 Andrei spent a year working in a recording studio in Iasi – Romania his home town, practising sound engineering so that he could be in control of his whole sound production. Andrei is in the process of creating a new composition but you can listen to his previous work You Tube. Most recently Andrei has worked as Musical Director and arranger for Entertainment Connect and travelled the world presenting his new show featuring himself on Violin, Piano and Accordion.

Don’t miss and exciting evening of accordion music. Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra will also be performing a sparkling selection of music that will banish the Winter blues – from film scores to modern tango.

Club starts at 19.00  There will also be a raffle and refreshments available.

Tickets available on the door £5.00 (Including refreshments)