Accordion Weekly News
Accordion Championships, Scarborough - UK
marks the 70th anniversary of the UK Accordion Championships, originally held
at the Central Hall, Westminster, London in November 1935, and then known as the
All-Britain Championships by the NAO - National
Accordion Organisation of Great Britain.
year's event, from the 22nd to 24th April, takes place at The Spa Complex, Scarborough.
Scarborough is a superb location for this annual event, and The Spa Complex, a
Victorian masterpiece, is an ideal venue with multiple large size competition
The UK Championships will feature competitions for all levels including
solo, duo, ensemble and orchestra as well as an extensive trade show with music
and instruments, a Ceilidh dance (with Gary Blair, pictured and his Ceilidh Dance
Band) and performances by international guests.
This year's festival involves
over 400 entries, including 180+ soloists, 30+ duets, 20+ groups, 30+ orchestras,
50+ Musette Section, 30+ Scottish and 60+ Polka Section entries. There are also
22 entries in the Frosini Section, which will now be split into two separate age
UK Championships this year for first time includes an International Solo Class,
which will be conducted with the 2nd Round of the NAO
UK Virtuoso Solo Championship. The large adjudicating panel includes Kevin
Friedrich, pictured (President of the CIA)
and Joan Summers,
former Professor at the University of Kansas City, USA.
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Victor Prieto Concerts,
New York - USA
by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
Prieto is to perform in two very contrasting shows during April. The first is
a tango concert, whilst the second is a tribute evening to the late Arthur Tracey
(1899-1997), the Moldovan-born American singer/accordionist whose hit record 'Marta'
made him an international favourite in the 1930s and 40s. The dates are:-
20th - 'Tango and Beyong' - Maria Cangiano (voice), Victor Prieto (accordion),
Octavio Brunetti (piano), Daniel Reyes llinas (guitar), Mariana Parma (dancer)
and special guest, at Joe's Pub, New York.
27th - 'Pennies From Heaven - The Songs of Arthur 'The Street Singer' Tracy' -
Steve Ross (narrator), Gregory Moore (tenor voice), Victor Prieto (accordion)
and Steve Miller (piano) plus special guest Joe Franklin, at Bruno Walter Auditorium
Lincoln Center, New York, at 6pm.
1931, Arthur Tracy, known as 'The Street Singer', was one of America's top recording
artistes and radio stars. He went on to become one of Britain's favorite singers
as well. After he left show business in the late 1940s, he was largely forgotten,
until the 1981 film 'Pennies From Heaven' brought him back to the public spotlight,
when Tracy's recording of the title song was used on the soundtrack. Joe Franklin,
America's legendary talk show host - who was one of Arthur Tracy's closest friends
- will also be on hand to share some of his memories, which will be sure to make
this an unforgettable evening.
Tango Concerts, Sydney
Orquesta Tipica will perform a concert titled 'Tiempo de Tango' on March 11th,
at 8pm, at Cooks River Motor Boat Club, 10 Holbeach Rd, Tempe. The line up of
Orquesta Tipica includes Liz Jones - bandoneon, Martijn van Eijkelenborg - bandoneon,
Maggie Ferguson - violin, Rachel Easton - violin, John Napier - cello and Paul
Myers - piano.
XIIIth International Accordion Competition, Arrasate - Spain
thirteenth 'Arrasate Hiria' International Accordion Competition takes place from
December 3rd to 6th 2005, at Arrasate Town Hall, in the Basque region of Northern
Spain. The event is organised by Herriko Akordeoi Elkartea, the Basque Association
are cash prizes for the first three places, plus guaranteed concert opportunities
for the 1st prizewinner. The closing date for entries is September 30th, and full
details are now available.
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Concert Tour - Ireland
Contributed by Rob
Shannon, two-row diatonic button accordionist from County Clare in the Irish Republic,
is to tour Ireland during May. Shannon has toured internationally with great success,
and has done much to promote the accordion with the general public, especially
the younger generations.
In 1998, Sharon Shannon toured Europe's major
cities with classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, and other musicians, performing
Kennedy's 'Jimi Hendrix Suite'. She has performed concerts for Irish President
Mary Robinson, Lech Walesa in Warsaw, and President Bill Clinton at The White
House, Washington DC.
The tour dates are:-
May 3rd - Hawkswell, Sligo
4th - An Grianan, Letterkenny
5th - Dean Crow Theatre, Athlone
6th - Dunamaise
Arts Centre, Portlaoise
7th - Royal Hotel, Castlebar
8th - Mullingar Arts
12th - Glor Music Centre, Ennis
13th - The Forum, Waterford
14th - Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
15th - NCH, Dublin
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Hugo Sattore Quartet's South Pacific Tour - Argentina
by Christine Adams
Sattore (bandoneon), Gabriel Clenar (piano), Marcelo Rebuffi (violin) and Claudio
Canestrari (double bass) are one of Argentina's most popular quartets, specialising
in playing both traditional and modern tangos. They perform every week in a show
in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, and have released a CD titled 'Estampas Porteñas'.
In 2003, the quartet successfully toured Australia and New Zealand, and have just
released details of their 2005 tour - see below:-
23rd - Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore May 3rd and 4th - ASB Theatre, Auckland,
New Zealand May 5th and 6th - St James' Theatre, Wellington May 9th - Frankston
Arts Centre, Victoria, Australia May 10th and 11th - Hamer Hall, Melbourne May
13th - Canberra Theatre, Canberra May 14th - Princess Theatre, Launceston May
15th - Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania May 17th - Civic Theatre, Newcastle
18th to 22nd - Sydney Theatre, Sydney
24th and 25th - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
26th - Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah
27th and 28th - Regal Theatre, Perth
30th - Cultural Centre, Caloundra
31st - Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
1st and 2nd - Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads
3rd and 4th - QPAC Concert
Concert and Ceilidh, Manchester - UK
Legplaiters, a long established Irish music group from Manchester, England, are
to hold their annual concert followed by a ceilidh at St Bernadette's, Whitefield,
North Manchester on April 29th, at 8pm. All proceeds will go to the Bury Hospice,
and the event is also in memory of the late Dave Weatherall (pictured), a former
member of the Legplaiters.
The Legplaiters include Pete Fitzpatrick, former
All Britain Accordion Champion, and Martin Hall, who plays concertina and accordion.
Other musicians appearing in the concert include a team of Appalachian dancers
and their accompanists.
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by Holda Paoletti-Kampl
April 6th to 9th (9 a.m. to 6 p.m) the Musikmesse with the theme 'Rhythm n' Business'
will take place. Many accordion factories will be showing their latest innovations
and there is a great array of artists demonstrating their products. These include:
involved in this year's Frankfurt event include:-
Hammond - Excelsior
Pino Di Modugno / Beltuna
Vincenzo Abbracciante / Borsini
Stand 3.1 H 14
Louis Noton / Cavagnolo/
" RITTER FRANTZ " 3.1 H 16
Marc Fabiano/ Ballone
Michelantonio Norcia. / Musictech,
PAD. 3.1 Stand H 24
Zeitung: Halle 3.1 Stand H 27
Accordions Worldwide: Holda
Paoletti-Kampl / Ancona Promuovo Stand
States National Accordion News site is updated with the April publication.
Site contains national news, listings of clubs and associations from around the
United States and an article entitled: 'The Accordionist as Accompanist', by Henry
International Trio has performed in various countries to acclaim. This CD
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Sound samples are on the site and the CD can be purchased with credit card. The
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Samples of the music are on the site.
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