Accordionist Ksenija Sidorova back in UK in concert at Cadogan Hall – London Chamber Orchestra – Vivaldi & Piazzolla – The Seasons- 6th February 2019

Ksenija Sidorova

London Chamber Orchestra
The Four Seasons²

Cadogan Hall, Wednesday 6 February 2019, 7.30pm 

Part of London Chamber Orchestra 2018-19, Series discount available

So great to see the incredible accordionist Ksenija Sidorova back in the UK with amazing new arrangements of two major works. Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. What does Italian baroque music have in common with Argentinian tango? They’re both full of rhythm and dance, both have freedom to embellish and improvise. Hear the two meet as we take one of orchestral music’s most recognisable pieces and reinvent it with a Latin twist, including both violin and accordion soloists.

Sidorova has been travelling extensively all over the world doing hundreds of concerts for her German record Label Deutsche Gramophon and has been busy being a wonderful ambassador for the the accordion, it’s music and it’s image globally. She always has great affection for London as she lived here for many years and studied accordion at the Royal Academy of Music so it is great that she is able to play these double concertos at the wonderful Cadogan Hall back in the city where she spent so much of her time as a student and has so many friends.

The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Oliver Zeffman
Leticia Moreno
Ksenija Sidorova

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Jonathan Dove Accordion Concerto Premiere – Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen – Owen Murray – May 2nd-4th 2019

Owen Murray

Performance Details – May 2nd (Edinburgh), May 3rd (Glasgow) and May 4th (Aberdeen) 2019 – Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Jonathan Dove
Jonathan Dove

MOZART Symphony No 34 in C, K338 (21’)
DOVE Accordion Concerto World Premiere (20’)
LIGETI Concerto Românesc (15’)
HAYDN Symphony No 90 in C (24’)

It is not often this happens for sure.  An accordion concerto by one of the UK’s foremost contemporary composers. Jonathan Dove’s concertos are often more than they seem, for example, his flute concerto The Magic Flute Dances imagines the life of the magic flute after the end of Mozart’s eponymous opera. His new Accordion Concerto promises to be a fitting tribute to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, drawing influences from his love of Orkney. Max had been commissioned to write the concerto for accordion virtuoso Owen Murray, but sadly he passed away just as he was about to start work on it.  Luckily Dove rose to the challenge, rescued the situation and has now completed the work. And what a work! ZZ Music can reveal that Owen Murray, professor of accordion at the Royal Academy of Music has tried the work and is delighted with it commenting that it is absolutely beautiful. Given that this is a rare occurrence in the UK ZZ Music sincerely hopes that the three Scottish concert halls will be full in support of a major new work for the accordion.  Good attendances will only encourage promoters to programme more accordion music in the future so can only be good for the instrument. The accordion, along with the ‘fiddle’ and bagpipes are synonymous with Scottish music and what a fitting tribute to the instrument that the concerto will be premiered in three major Scottish cities. This premiere is down to the dogged determination of Owen Murray to keep the accordion present on its recently-gained position on the classical concert platform and to leave a legacy of good works for the next generations of players. ZZ Music wishes Owen Murray, Jonathan Dove and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra a huge success with this work. If you arrive early enough there will also be an introduction by Jonathan Dove on the Concerto. And May the 4th be with them!

The programme will also include Mozart and Haydn who, are both in high spirits in their symphonies here – Haydn plays a joke that is sure to catch you out – while Ligeti is in rustic, folksy mood.

Clemens Schuldt: Conductor
Owen Murray: Accordion
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore: Violin

Composer Insights: 6.30pm Jonathan Dove introduces his new accordion concerto Northern Lights

Kindly supported by Mr Roland Williams, PRS Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music

Thu 2 May,19:30
The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
From £17.50 Book tickets
Fri 3 May,19:30
City Halls, Glasgow
From £17.00 Book tickets
Sat 4 May,19:30
Aberdeen Music Hall , Aberdeen
£29.00 – £13.00 Book tickets

Jonathan Dove is one of the UK foremost composers

Jonathan Dove’s music has filled opera houses with delighted audiences of all ages on five continents. Few, if any, contemporary composers have so successfully or consistently explored the potential of opera to communicate, to create wonder and to enrich people’s lives.

Born in 1959 to architect parents, Dove’s early musical experience came from playing the piano, organ and viola. Later he studied composition with Robin Holloway at Cambridge and, after graduation, worked as a freelance accompanist, repetiteur, animateur and arranger. His early professional experience gave him a deep understanding of singers and the complex mechanics of the opera house. Opera and the voice have been the central priorities in Dove’s output throughout his subsequent career.

Starting with his breakthrough opera Flight, commissioned by Glyndebourne in 1998, Dove has gone on to write over twenty operatic works. Flight, a rare example of a successful modern comic opera, has been produced and broadcast many times, in Europe, the USA and Australia. More recently, The Adventures of Pinocchio, premiered by Opera North at Christmas 2007, achieves another rare feat in contemporary opera, being a successful full-length symphonically-conceived entertainment for a family audience. It too has been produced across the world.

Dove’s innate understanding of the individual voice is exemplified in his large and varied choral and song output. His carol The Three Kings was commissioned for the famous Nine Lessons and Carols service at King’s College, Cambridge. Dove’s confident optimism has made him the natural choice as the composer for big occasions. In 2010 A Song of Joys for chorus and orchestra opened the festivities at the Last Night of the Proms. Works such as his Missa Brevis, Wells Canticles and The Passing of the Year are in the repertories of choirs across the world.

A sure sense of dramatic narrative also informs Dove’s orchestral and instrumental music. Stargazer, a concerto for trombone and orchestra commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and premiered by them with Ian Bousfield and Michael Tilson Thomas, has been described by Dove as an opera for the solo instrument. In The Magic Flute Dances, a flute concerto, Dove imagines the life of Mozart’s eponymous instrument once the opera has ended.

Throughout his career Dove has made a serious commitment to community development through innovative musical projects. Tobias and the Angel, a 75-minute opera written in 1999, brings together children, community choirs, and professional singers and musicians in a vivid and moving retelling of the Book of Tobit. His 2012 opera Life is a Dream, written for Birmingham Opera Company, was performed by professionals and community choruses in a disused Birmingham warehouse, and a church opera involving community singers The Walk from The Garden was premiered at Salisbury Cathedral as part of the 2012 Salisbury International Arts Festival.

2015 brought the World Premiere of The Monster in the Maze, a new community opera commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in three separate productions.



TANGO! The Romano Viazzani Ensemble – Sunday Lunchtime- 10th March 2019


Romano Viazzani (accordion)
Corinna Hentschel (violin)
Yaron Stavi (double bass)
Jonathan Preiss (electric guitar)
John Bailey (piano)
Joanna Strand (singer) & Jacqui Tate (singer)

Tickets £20  available from


Accordion Master Class at the Royal Academy of Music with Alfred Melichar -24th January 2019


Accordion Master Class at the RAM with Alfred Melichar – professor from Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria

Thursday 24 January 2019 from 10.00 to 13.00

The master class will be at the RAM in the Concert Room and will be taken by visiting professor Alfred Melichar who is professor of accordion at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. He will be working with the students of the accordion department on their pieces. He will also talk about the development of the accordion in Austria. All are welcome to come and watch and may be of special interest to both teachers and accordion students. Admission is free.

Douglas Ward – Reedwax Music – New website makeover

Douglas Ward

Accordionist Douglas Ward has played the accordion for over 50 years, professionally for 17 of those years, and the accordion took him around the world. He’s always in demand for adjudication in various accordion competitions.

Over the past few years, he has been busy composing for the instrument. On his recently, and most attractively, revamped Reedwax Music website, there are now over 80 compositions, and in the Accordion Music Shop, teachers and players can choose a piece, and click on BUY to download the compositions directly – with PayPal. All prices are in Sterling.

Teachers can also click on the first photo on the website home page (“For Teachers”) where it lists the compositions, the grades, and whether a piece is for Standard Bass, or Free Bass instruments. The website is very easy to navigate and the music is beautifully presented.  We hope that both teachers and students will take this opportunity to investigate and we at ZZ Music wish Douglas Ward every success with it.






Eastbourne Accordion Festival February 2019

Queens Hotel Eastbourne

February 2019 Accordion Weekend – Half Board

Message from John Romero and Carillon Studios

“Due to a number of issues, we have over the past months been considering what to do with our festivals and have in fact been considering shutting them down. We have however recently been offered help and it is with great pleasure we can announce Gennaro Fiondella and Colette McKeown are about to join our team. This will enable our Accordion Weekend Holidays to continue on into the foreseeable future”.

There will be loads more information to come as we get the festival organised and we are now taking bookings above.

Your Half Board Stay at our (February) 2019 Accordion Festival

£245 per person (£90.00 deposit) Balance to be paid on arrival at the festival

8th – 11th February 2019 Accordion Weekend At The Queens Hotel (Eastbourne)

Provisional Accordion Festival Programme


Julie Best     Jean Corrigan     Harry Hussey     Rosemary Wright     Gennaro Fiondella     John Romero


Sammie Catling     Angie Lukins     Jean Hanger     Gennaro Fiondella     John Romero

Organisations and Traders

The Accordion Shop     Acorn Instruments     Harry Kipling’s “Accordion Treasures”
Fiondella Music     Carillon Music

Friday  8th February

3.00 Arrival and check in
3.00 Welcome cup of tea or coffee
4.00 Welcome party with  (Bar)
6.00 Dinner
8.00  (Concert Hall)
8.45 Interval
9.00  (Concert Hall)
9.30 Interval
9.45  (Concert Hall)
10.15  (Concert Hall)
11.00 Relax with  (Bar)

Saturday 9th February

8.00 – 9.30 Breakfast
9.00 Group orchestra class – Gennaro Fiondella (Concert Hall)
10.15 Group class – Angie Lukins (Concert Hall)
10.15 Midi & Electronic Accordion (Masterclass) – John Romero (Bar)
11.30 Group orchestra class – Sammie Catling (Concert Hall)
12.30  (Bar)
2.00 Vintage Orchestra – Jean Hanger (Concert Hall)
3.00 Guest concerts – Hosted by John Romero (Concert Hall)
4.00 Complimentary cup of tea or coffee (Bar)
5.30 Busking session Harry Hussey (Concert Hall)
6.00 Dinner
8.00  (Concert Hall)
8.30  (Concert Hall)
9.00 Interval
9.15  (Concert Hall)
9.45  (Concert Hall)
10.15 (Bar)

Sunday 10th February

8.00 – 9.30 Breakfast
9.00 Group orchestra class – Gennaro Fiondella (Concert Hall)
10.15 Group class – Angie Lukins (Concert Hall)
10.15 Midi & Electronic Accordion (Masterclass) – John Romero (Bar)
11.30 Group orchestra class – Sammie Catling (Concert Hall)
12.30  (Bar)
2.00 Orchestra Concerts – Hosted by John Romero (Concert Hall)
3.00 Guest Concerts – Hosted by John Romero (Concert Hall)
4.00 Complimentary cup of tea or coffee (Concert Hall)
5.30 Jazz session Harry Hussey (Concert Hall)
6.00 Dinner
8.00  (Concert Hall)
8.30  (Concert Hall)
9.00 Interval
9.15  (Concert Hall)
9.45 Charity Raffle (Concert Hall)
10.00  (Concert Hall)
10.30 Professional Artistes Jam Session (Concert Hall)
11.00 Relax with  (Bar)

Monday 11th February

8.00 – 9.30 Breakfast

Additional Notes: Please note that should guests wish to practice in their rooms they are welcome to at any time between 9.00a.m. and 4.00p.m.

A first solo accordion CD from Miloš Milivojević! Accord for life

Miloš Milivojević - Accord for life - CD

A long-awaited first solo album by Miloš Milivojević is released by Nimbus

ZZ Music is so pleased to present Accord for life this outstanding new album by one of the world’s top accordionists. Miloš Milivojević was part of Owen Murray’s golden generation of accordion students at the Royal Academy of Music in the early 21st century when he studied there after arriving from that other hotbed of accordion talent, Serbia, and has since been very active both in his adopted home city of London and all over the world. The album is well worth the wait. It’s beautifully recorded and played on Milivojević’s super Pigini Nova classical accordion which he has recently acquired.  It is programmed much like a live concert taking us on a journey from the accordion’s popular transcription works of major Baroque composers like Bach and Scarlatti, rarer transcription works from the Romantic period with composers like Mendelssohn and Sarasate and then on to contemporary works by Vlasov, Angelis and Semenov. The Sarasate is saved though for the finale with the blistering Tarantella rounding off what is a really enjoyable and excellent album and shows what a mature musician Milivojević is, with extraordinary technical ability, sensitivity and good taste.

We wish him well with this wonderful classical accordion album and he deserves success as it is rare that one finds one so talented, seriously dedicated and musical in his playing and yet so humble, fun and easy-going in person.

1.  Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D Minor, K. 1
2.  Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in F Major, K. 44
3.  Domenico Scarlatti Sonata F Sharp Minor, K. 25
4.  Felix Mendelssohn Organ Sonata in D Minor, Op. 65, No. 6: I. Chorale and Variations
5.  Johann Sebastian Bach Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
6.  Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: I. A zone
7.  Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: II. A stage – Marcia Funebre
8.  Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: III. Thieves
9.  Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: IV. Wood Cutting Area
10. Viktor Vlasov Five Views on Gulag State: V. Criminal authority and creep
11. Franck Angelis Interieur
12. Viacheslav Semenov Don Rhapsodie, No. 2: II. second movement
13. Pablo de Sarasate Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43
Milos Milivojevic and his Pigini Nova

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!


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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)

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. 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 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