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Bellows & Waves Accordion Week – Sunday 29th May – Wednesday 1st June 2011


Bellows and Waves Accordion Week, Devon
Sunday 29th May – Wednesday 1st June 2011

Founder: Graham Romani, Hon. FBCA (1917-1993) President: Pearl Watson ABCA (TD) 
Director of Studies: Ian Watson BMus (Perf.), ARAM, DipRAM, LRAM

Phone 020 8547 0515 

Dear Accordion Friends,

Following the success of the course this year, we would like to invite you to make your application for the Bellows and Waves Accordion Week 2011. This will take place from Sunday 29th May to Wednesday 1st June 2011. It will be a very special event for us as it is the 25th course since the founding of the event by Graham Romani and Pearl Watson in Harwich in 1987. It is an accordion orchestral course, involving 4 days of intensive rehearsals, leading to a public performance in a long established concert series in Emmanuel Church, Ilfracombe on Wednesday 1st June at 8pm. The programme of music will include original works for accordion orchestra as well as arrangements of popular classics, film music and other well known favourites.

Our rehearsals will take place in The Ariel Centre, Mullacott. This venue, approximately 1.5 miles from Ilfracombe, offers panoramic views over the Devon countryside across to the Bristol Channel. There is ample parking at the centre.

The cost of the course will be £130 per person. 
This includes tuition, hire of music and tea/coffee/ biscuits /soft drinks at break. 
The fee also includes a Welcome Meal and party. Once again we are expecting many new faces on the course and this will be the ideal opportunity to socialise, dance and get to know people. We are waiting for confirmation of the venue for the Welcome Meal, as due to circumstances beyond our control we have been unable to acquire the Pavilion again. 

Please note that all other meals are not included.

All members of the course will have to find their own accommodation. Ilfracombe is a picturesque coastal town and there are many B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks and camp sites within a short drive of the rehearsal venue. 

The Tourist Information Centre telephone number is 01271 863001 and the website is also very useful. 

The accommodation at Mullacott Park, Mullacott Cross is the closest to the rehearsal venue. If you are interested in booking your accommodation at Mullacott Park please let us know as we have been able to secure some chalets at a discounted rate.

If you are attending the course on your own and would like to be put in touch with others in a similar position in order to share accommodation and transport, please let us know at the time of booking.

Please note – there will be an optional, informal playalong session to finish the week on the morning of Thursday 2nd June.

Early booking is advisable as numbers are limited to 40. 

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,
Ian Watson

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