PUSH THE BUTTONS concert with LAO and Dillie Keane at Union Chapel 1st December 2018

LAO-Dillie Keane

The London Accordion Orchestra, some of London’s top accordionists and Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane make this event nothing short of a mini festival!

Saturday 1st December  2018 Midday till 2.00pm Union Chapel, Upper Street, Islington, London Pay what you can on the door

What a great way to kick off Advent with a musical pre-Christmas treat! Union Chapel, one of the best venues in London, have asked Ian Watson to curate a wonderful concert showcasing the accordion. The London Accordion Orchestra (LAO) will be playing playing a world premiere by Christian Forshaw. In the second part of the concert Bartek Glowacki, Illona Suomalainen, Inigo Mikeleiz Berrade and Aine Mcloughlin will play solos showing the vast range of repertoire accordionists are now playing. Then in the 3rd part of the show the wonderful Dillie Keane (from Fascinating Aida) will be singing for a cabaret set. It will be a fun concert but with some seriously good playing. In the two intervals members of the orchestra will be ‘busking’ in different parts of the chapel playing street music from all over the world.  Last time the LAO played at the Union Chapel about 700 attended the event. Hoping to match or even better that this time.  In addition they also nominated for best Union Chapel concert of 2017 along with Ed Sheeran and Emily Sande!


For more info: http://www.londonao.co.uk/news/daylight-music



Aine McloughlinInigo Mikeleiz-BerradeIlona Suomalainen

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

Be Brave and Come Home Safe – A unique performance 100 years since the end of WW1 – 8th and 11th November 2018

Be Brave and Come Home Safe

The Wheels on Debussy proudly presents:

Be Brave and Come Home Safe

Cello & Voice: Matthew Sharp, Accordion, Romano Viazzani, Clarinet: Anton Clarke-Butler Starring: Matthew Sharp, Cici Howells, Rosanna Lowe

Matthew Sharp
Matthew Sharp
Anton Clarke-Butler
Anton Clarke-Butler
Romano Viazzani
Romano Viazzani
Cici Howells
Cici Howells
Rosanna Lowe
Rosanna Lowe







Written by Martin Riley
Directed by Matthew Sharp

A story of love and hope told in drama, song and dance.

Come in costume and travel back in time for this unique musical, immersive and interactive community event.

It’s November 1918. Families In a remote village are gathering in their church hall to give an emotional send-off to their fathers, husbands and sons returning from leave to the Western Front.

There’ll be popular songs from the Village Band with a chance for everyone to join in, a Tea Dance, a Children’s Choir who have written a special anthem for the occasion and a thrilling choral rendition of Jerusalem.

To begin the evening, Danny Scarriot, a renowned local musician, wounded at the Battle of Ypres, will play an excerpt from a cello concerto by Edward Elgar – a work still in progress- as well as sharing some of his experiences of life on The Western front.

Performance Details:

8th November 2018 @ 18.00pm
Temple Speech Rooms, Rugby School, Rugby

11th November 2018 @ 15.00pm
Daventry Community Centre, Daventry

Adults £8
Children £2 ( on the door)
TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-brave-and-come-home-safe-rugby-tickets-49169625674?aff=eios&fbclid=IwAR0eRlkZlK0OIi_fFbRB1Jt-lurE1DcWSsEvEjHpFGTS-VKtLH2XX6-iN6w&ref=eios

So, put on your frocks and your feathers, your plus fours and khaki shirts and help us bring November 1918 to life!

The event starts prompt and will finish in time for the troops to catch the last train.

Written by BAFTA-nominated dramatist and librettist Martin Riley. Based on real-life experiences of soldiers from Daventry and Rugby during WW1.

It will combine the talents of International cellist, singer and performer, “virtuoso of the arts, Matthew Sharp” – The Times. www.matthewsharp.net.With actors, singers and dancers from the local community.

Northamptonshire Music Performing Arts Trust, Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby School, The Grange School, St. Gabriel’s Academy, Houlton.

Produced by The Wheels on Debussy www.thewheelsondebussy.com for Armistice Festival November 2018.

The Armistice Festival is a 5-day festival with numerous events taking place within the communities of Rugby and Daventry. Supported by Heritage Lottery Fund World War 1: then and now.

For the full list of events go to www.thewheelsondebussy.com.

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate’s Christmas Show – Sunday 2nd December 2018 – Pizza Exprerss Live – Holborn

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate 2018

Joanna Strand and Jacqui Tate’s Christmas Show – with Romano Viazzani on Accordion

Pizza Express Live (Holborn)

PizzaExpress Live
99 High Holborn
London WC1V 6LF Tel: 020 7439 4962

Doors at 6.00pm   Show starts at 8.00pm

That’s right- it’s that time of year when ‘The West End’s favourite jazz- cabaret duo’ put on their highly anticipated new Christmas show! Seasonal treats, comedy and song – and with new and sensational jazz arrangements by our vocalists and their incredible band, this is a perfect way to kick off Christmas festivities! With John Bailey- piano, Jason Reeve- drums, Yaron Stavi -double bass, Romano Viazzani -accordion.

Jacqui Tate and Joanna Strand
Romano Viazzani
Jason Reeve
John Bailey
Yaron Stavi
Yaron Stavi

Sacha Boutros at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho with Romano Viazzani on Accordion 7th November 2018 POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBA

Sacha Boutros


Sacha Boutros – Celebrates new Album Release ‘New York Après Minuit’ in London’s Pizza Express, Soho with her ensemble and Romano Viazzani on Accordion.

Grammy Nominated Sacha Boutros returns to London’s Dean Street Pizza Express in a one night only event to celebrate her newest release, New York Après Minuit. The collection is a savoury mix of jazz from the big apple and features Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Terrell Stafford and other fabulous New York Jazz legends. Recorded in New York, After Dark. The album was released in France this year with a few bonus tracks in french. Known for hip, smooth, sultry and swinging phrasing as well as her witty and charming repartee while onstage, Miss Boutros is celebrated for singing Jazz, world music and the American Songbook in 14 languages as a global peace ambassador of goodwill through music. She uses music as a tool to bring people together at border countries and creates peace murals to build bridges between nations.

Recognized by music critics, peers, celebrities, and musical legends, Sacha is one of the top jazz artists today. Introduced by the great American entertainer Frankie Laine as his “ingénue,” and as the protégé of the Legendary Red Holloway and James Moody Sacha has opened for and performed with Julio Iglesias, Marvin Hamlisch, Chubby Checker, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Austin, James Moody, Karrin Allyson and countless jazz greats throughout her 20 year career. An innovative and creative entrepreneur, solo artist, musician, producer  designer, composer, artist and humanitarian. Sacha has gone from a few U.S. festivals to touring the world and back, to having her recordings hit the top 10 charts in Japan, itunes, e-music, to even receiving several Grammy nods for best Jazz and Latin jazz albums in 2008 and 2013 and designing a peace mural at the US Mexico Border.

Recently Sacha was given 2 great honours in 2016 Jazz Musician of the Year by the SoCal Jazz Society and in 2017 International Jazz Singer of the Year in London. Currently working on her 5th Release in Paris she can be found doing shows in California, Hawaii, New York, London and all points in between. When she’s not writing, performing, or recording, she splits her time between San Diego and Paris and is heavily involved in philanthropic projects close to her heart.

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 accordion@ram.ac.uk

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.

the cook the clown the monk and the accordionist aspettando cofferatzinger






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

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::


London Accordion Orchestra present Super Accordion Orchestra Day 2018 – Sunday 14th October 2018

Super Accordion Orchestra

 Annual LAO Super Accordion Orchestra Day- The Village Hall, Ripley, Surrey

It’s Super Accordion Orchestra Day at Ripley on Sunday 14th October.   Another action-packed day with an exciting programme of music so please do secure your place and return your booking form as soon as possible.  You can get the forms by emailing mail@londonao.co.uk  Cost for the day is only £15. Payment can be made by post or alternatively you can pay online at



Following on from the success of last year,  a ‘mini orchestra’ aimed at under 16s will be offered.  This will be a free workshop with instruments available to borrow and is suitable for children who have recently started to play the accordion and those who are complete beginners.  The ‘mini orchestra’ will work towards playing a short piece in the concert. Please do spread the word amongst your family and friends.  It would be great to be able to introduce as many children as possible.


The day will end with a concert featuring the Super Orchestra,  Tillingbourne Orchestra, Watford Accordion Band and the London Intermediate Accordion Orchestra. Tickets for your family to attend the concert are only £5 and will be available on the door.



The Barimar Quartet at Pizza Express, Dean Street, Soho, London. 12.00 Sunday 7th October 2018

The Barimar Quartet

A quartet celebrating the music of the great Italian accordionist Barimar comes to London

The Barimar Quartet. Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London Doors open 12 Noon for concert at 1.00pm, 7th October 2018

The name Barimar conjurs up the magic of the golden era of accordion music.  Barimar, born Mario Barigazzi in 1925, along with Gorni Kramer, Wolmer Beltrami, Gigi Stok, Nando Monica and Carlo Venturi were Italy’s most prominent global accordionists. Barimar’s records were sold all over the world. Happily, at 93 Barimar is in excellent health and although retired, still composes and hasn’t lost any of his flair when he picks up the accordion! Barimar had his first band in the 1940s and went on to form other bands of various formations throughout his career.

Barimar and his Orchestra in the 40s
Barimar and his Orchestra
Barimar and his Ensemble
Barimar and his Ensemble











Marcello e i Barimars
Marcello and the Barimars
Excelsior Christmas Card showing Barimar, Wolmer Beltrami, Peppino Principe and other accordionists
Excelsior Christmas Card showing Barimar, Wolmer Beltrami, Peppino Principe and other accordionists











He was involved in the very first experimental TV transmissions for RAI Television in the late 1940s/early 50s when they were still known as EIAR before they even officially launched. In the 1990s he featured regularly with Funari on Mezzogiorno é,  a daytime TV programme.  Here he is deftly executing Migliavacca’s famous Mazurka Variata.


There are several other clips of his TV appearances on YouTube.

Recently, a quartet has been formed celebrating the music of this marvellous man. Fortunately, the Barimar Quartet, comprising of Accordionist Iuri Vallara, a student of Barimar, violinist Marina Mammarella, bassist Agide Bandini and percussionist Domenico Fontana, are bringing Barimar’s music to London on the 7th October 2018 for a lunchtime concert at The Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho. Don’t miss the chance to hear these fabulous musicians play Barimar’s wonderful music which is influenced by Jazz, Tango, Musette, Italian and other music from around the world.

Tickets £20.00 https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/the-barimar-quartet

If you would like to find out more about Barimar’s amazing life you can read abut it in a interview Romano Viazzani did with him in English on the Strumenti e Musica Website: https://www.strumentiemusica.com/en/highlights/a-long-conversation-between-romano-viazzani-and-mario-barigazzi/

You can also buy Barimar’s music and recordings on this website.

Sulle note di Barimar-CDSulle note di Barimar - Sheet mUsic AlbumA four piece album by the wonderful accordionist, band-leader, composer, and one-time EIAR radio orchestra leader, from Parma, Italy - Barimar. Summer Swing Boogie Nights Happy Stairs Dixie River

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.

TEYR – www.teyr.co.uk

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 – www.thetwistedtwenty.com
“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: http://www.teyr.co.uk/p/live.html