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Craven Accordion Orchestra celebrates 25 years with new CD


THE LONG-established Craven Accordion Orchestra of Cross Hills is releasing its third CD.

This is the third CD to be produced by the CAO and marks 25 years of the orchestra staring as a social group to achieving first place at UK Championships.  A  cocktail of musical delights feature on the CD such as Music by John Miles, Liberty Bell and Florentina March, film music from Magnificent 7 and Titanic, traditional waltz’s, tango’s a real mixture for all.  

The title of the new release is called Music and the CAO had the pleasure to be guided by guest Musical Director Mr Bob Nevin throughout the recording session.


Bob began playing Brass from a young age and continued his development which saw him playing in several Brass Bands until he joined the Army as a musician in 1982. Between 1982-1983 he was at the Kings Division School of Music and went on to 1st Battalion Queen’s Lancashire Regiment as Euphonium and Fanfare trumpeter from 1983-1984. At the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall) he was Principal Euphonium and Queen’s Fanfare Trumpeter (Golden Eight) where he gained a Cousen’s memorial parchment, which was the Kneller Hall performance diploma. From 1985 to 1990, whilst in the 1st    Battalion Queen’s Regiment, he was Principal Euphonium. While serving abroad Bob has guested as tenor tuba player with several European Symphony Orchestras. He has also been a member of the Regimental Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers, and played with several Championship Bands. He currently helps out, arranges and conducts for local bands.

The Craven Accordion Orchestra is holding an open doors event on Tuesday 5 July at St Thomas Hall Sutton in Craven starting 7:45 pm.  This is an opportunity to see the Craven Accordion Orchestra in the hands of Bob playing tracks from the new CD and ongoing preparation with new material.  

The CAO invites supports and members of the public to this event and enjoy the music, refreshments and an opportunity to purchase the new CD    

To facilitate many accordionists in the community the CAO is presenting a session of accordion activities starting on Tuesday 26 July for six weeks at St Thomas hall Sutton in Craven.  These sessions are an invitation to all ages and abilities with a desire to participate on the accordion.  Details can be obtained at the CD release evening or by contacting

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Accordion Summer School – Glasgow – August 2016

13422477_1212117988832495_2549540529670432981_oThe Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is running an accordion summer school from 1st – 5th August 2016 led by one of Europes finest accordion players and teachers Djordje Gajic.

The summer school is for young accordion players aged 12-17 years. The course is designed to help develop and strengthen technical and musical skills, through knowledge of repertoire and healthy practice habits. Students will benefit from daily warm-up sessions, technique classes, individual lessons, ensemble playing and performances.
Students will also learn about accordion manufacturers, great accordionists and what life is like as a full-time music student at a Conservatoire.

For more information please visit: 

The Accordion Summer School.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
100 Renfrew Street
G2 3DB
For ages:12-17

1 August 2016 – 5 August 2016
10am – 5pm
Application deadline: 1 July 2016

Tuition fee: £240

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Accordionist Karine Huet – UK Tour June 2016

karinehuetThe next events by TransversArte here in the UK feature the amazing accordionist Karine Huet for an intensive weekend of brilliant Brazilian music.

03/06: SOLO PERFORMANCE @ Pau Brasil – Reading, Berkshire

04/06 (daytime): Choro & Forró instrumental workshops @ Made in Brasil Boteco – London (supported by Clube do Choro UK)

04/06: SOLO PERFORMANCE @ Book & Kitchen – London

05/06: Roda de Choro @ Made in Brasil Boteco – London (supported by Clube do Choro UK)

See for more event details.

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Castelfidardo May ’16 Visit – UK Group – PLG Associates


Left to right:- Jack Kerr, Giancarlo Francenella & Bob Liddle.

We have just returned from a wonderful 5 day Castelfidardo Trip, superbly organised by the talented – Peter Le Geyt – (UK Accordion Tours) a professional event organiser with his PLG Marketing Associates.

A large group, 56 of us (accordionists & friends) from all corners of the United Kingdom plus a group from the USA set off from T5 last Tuesday bound for Castelfidardo via Bologna and were then treated to 5 days packed with events, including visiting – accordion factories, reed & bellow manufacturers, the Castelfidardo Accordion Museum, numerous scenic tourist locations & wonderful restaurants. Plus a surprise visit to the beautiful historic town of  ”Loreto Marche Comune’ for a spot of lunch and then joining the spectators for an hour or so to view the legendary Mille Miglia Road Race (Vintage sports cars) as it passed through the town………..Wow! ….. what a treat!

The group were a happy bunch indeed and gelled from the start to ensure a great social experience was enjoyed by all – with lots of singing, dancing and of course – accordion playing, often into the early hours of the morning.

The staff at the hotel, obviously love the music of an accordion and were pleased to stay up late into every night (3am) to enjoy with us the wonderful “Accordionistic Camaraderie”, nothing was ever too much trouble for the hotel staff in Castelfidardo.

The talented (always available tour organiser) Peter Le Geyt had also managed to negotiate free-loan accordions (piano & button) for us, from a variety of local generous & trusting accordion factories, which ensured that there were always plenty to squeeze around.

A great time was had by all, thanks to Peter Le Geyt – Peter you were brilliant, we all look forward to the next one!

Report by Ronnie Bennett –


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Dartington International Summer School – August 2016

martynasI’m delighted to report that the accordion will be back with a vengeance at the Dartington International Summer School this year. Martynas Levickis, who has been creating great waves for our instrument in the world of classical music, will be teaching accordion classes, and Amy Thatcher, accordionist and clog dancer, will be teaching a folk course with Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian piper, fiddler and singer).

The Summer School takes place on the Dartington Estate near Totnes in Devon, with its mediaeval courtyard and glorious gardens. It runs for 4 weeks from 30 July to 26th August and attracts an amazing variety of music-lovers of all ages and abilities. The first session of the morning gives the choice of singing in the big choir or playing in the orchestra of the week, and the rest of the morning and afternoon are filled with classes and informal music-making, then at 5.15 the concerts start, finishing with a late night one at 10.00 or thereabouts. You can book for one or more weeks. The principle is that, if you pay to attend the week, you can participate in any of the courses, attend all the concerts, and sit in and watch any of the workshops and masterclasses. You will probably know immediately what your first interest is, but then you can join in anything else you can fit into your timetable! A Dartington visit is never quite what you expect, and you always have to make some difficult choices!

Week 2 is the folk week (with quite a bit of baroque music going on as well). Amy and Kathryn will have the whole of each afternoon for their course. They will also be giving the main evening concert on the Sunday, and the class will give an afternoon concert later in the week. There will be a folk choir in the morning, led by Sally Davies and the week will end with a Ceilidh on the Friday night.

Martynas is coming in week 3, which will have a more classical and Latin American flavour. Each afternoon, he will run an accordion workshop and be one of the tutors in a Bossa Nova and Tango workshop looking at the work of Jobim and Piazzolla. He will also be giving a solo recital and a Tango Nuevo concert with the other tutors. The big choir that week will be singing Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and the week will end with a Tango Ball.

Great opportunities to develop your own playing and to make music with other instruments. The cost depends on the accommodation you choose – from camping to a high-quality room in the medieval courtyard.

For full details, get the prospectus (01803-847080, or or look at the website

If you want to ask about the general experience from an accordionist’s angle, give me a ring on 020-7735-4706.

Neil Sanders

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UK Success at 12th World Music Festival, Innsbruck 2016


We are pleased to announce that Jenny’s Accordionists came 1st place in the Ensemble section and the London Accordion Orchestra came in 2nd place in their Orchestral section at the 12th World Music Festival held in Innsbruck, Austria 5th – 8th May 2016.

The London Accordion Orchestra played 2 world premieres by brilliant British composers (Rhapsody by Stuart Hancock, Karneval by Matthew Scott) and ‘Flight’ written by their conductor, Ian Watson. Well done all!

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