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  Mauro Carra to Tour UK
Peter Soave Recital, Hanoi - Vietnam
Death of Pamela Deakin, Birmingham - UK
Alexander Sklyarov Concert, Astana - Kazakhstan
  Salomòn Canelo Concert Tour, Mexico City - Mexico 
  Franck Gergaud's Broadcasts and Appearances - France
Karen Street Concerts, West Country - UK
Wartime Singalongs, Stockport - UK
Irish Music Concert, East Sussex - UK
Annual Accordion Orchestra Charity Concert, Macclesfield - UK
Free Lunchtime Concert, London - UK
Jimmy Shand Memorial Concert, Fife - UK


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Mauro Carra to Tour UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Italian accordionist Mauro Carra is to visit the UK for a short tour in January 2006, organised by Romano Viazzani. Mauro Carra started studying the accordion when he was only 9 years old, taught by Piero Barbieri and Learco Gianferrari. Bruno Aragosti, Paolo Gandolfi, Renato Benelli, Gigi Stok, Carlo Venturi, Frédéric Deschamps, Renzo Ruggeri and Richard Galliano have each influenced Mauro's playing style. To date Mauro Carra has made five recordings, and is currently working on his sixth recording project.

Mauro has participated with success in many national and international competitions. At International Accordion Week, held in Stradella, Italy, in 2000, he performed as a soloist in the Varietè category. The following year he achieved enormous success at The London Accordion Festival held at the Wembley Complex, both as a soloist and then with the BBC Concert Orchestra in a special Gala Concert. In 2002 he performed in a concert with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, playing soundtracks from the films of Charlie Chaplin. In the same year he was chosen to represent Italy at the World Accordion Championships where he obtained sixth place.

Mauro Carra's busy concert schedule has taken him all over Italy, and also to France, England, Spain and Germany. The details of his UK tour as follows:-

January 9th - Uxbridge Accordion Club, Middlesex
13th - Harlow Accordion Club, Essex
16th - Club Accord, Birmingham
17th - North Staffs Accordion Club
19th - Bruce Miller's Music Store, Aberdeen
21st - Soar Valley Accordion Club, Leicester
22nd - White Horse Accordion Club, Wiltshire
24th - Stockport Accordion Club

For further information email: romanoviazzani@btconnect.com
 
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Peter Soave Recital, Hanoi - Vietnam
Contributed by Christine Adams

On November 3rd American accordionist Peter Soave gave a recital in the Concert Hall of the Hanoi Conservatory. His program included music by Astor Piazzola and some his owns improvisation pieces.

Peter Soave's playing (on both bayan and bandoneon) impressed the Hanoi audience with his tremendously refined musical taste and virtuosity, brilliant and breathtaking technical skills. Peter Soave had a meeting with teachers and students of the Accordion Department at Hanoi Conservatory.
 
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Death of Pamela Deakin, Birmingham - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordion teacher Pamela Deakin died, aged 69, in late November after a long battle with cancer. Pamela Deakin, from Warley, Staffordshire, was one of England's greatest competitive accordionists in the 1950s, winning three All-Britain Championships amongst a host of titles. She began studying the accordion under the guidance of the late George Clay in 1950. Her progress was rapid, and within three years she was a national champion, winning the All-Britain Amateur Championship in 1953, and again in 1954.

In 1955 Pamela achieved a creditable eighth place at the CIA Coupe Mondiale, held in Brighton. Her greatest achievement came in 1956 when she won the All-Britain Virtuoso Championship, though her second attempt at the world title was less successful than her first, finishing fifteenth. After her competitive career ended, Pamela Deakin became a popular and respected accordion teacher in the Midlands.
 
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Alexander Sklyarov Concert, Astana - Kazakhstan

On November 23rd in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, a brilliant concert took place featuring the People's Artist of Russia, Alexander Sklyarov. The concert was held in the new, recently opened Organ Hall of the Kazakh national academy of music. The concert program included pieces by I.Muffat, B.Bend, E.Derbenko, V.Chernikov and Alexander Timoshenko. Alexander Sklyarov performed '3 transcriptions of Russian national songs', by Alexander Timoshenko, which was dedicated to the memory of the composer.

Earlier in the day a masterclass was held by Sklyarov, involving students at the academy of music. Musicians from other cities of Kazakhstan travelled to Astana to see and to hear the playing of this outstanding performer. "We never heard such a performance before", was a comment heard several times after the concert. Critics later commented on his magnificent sound, brilliant technique and powerful dynamics.
 
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Salomòn Canelo Concert Tour, Mexico City - Mexico

Accordionist Salomòn Cinnamon has completed a tour of Mexico, performing concerts in Atargea, Villagrand, Acàmbaro, Irapuato, Comonfort, Pènjamo, San Josè Iturbide, San Diego de la Uniòn, San Felipe, Doctor Mora, Tierra Blanca, Dolores Hidalgo and Victoria. The tour was organised by the Government's Institute of Culture.
 
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Franck Gergaud's Broadcasts and Appearances - France
Contributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Franck Gergaud is currently appearing, with fellow accordionist Michel Pruvot, on the Satellite television program 'Accordion Melody'. He can also be heard on the Sunday morning program 'Viva l'Accordéon' on Radio Côte, 100. FM, alongside Michel Pruvot, André Verchuren and Frédéric François. Franck Gergaud is appearing at the following venues, with dates:-

December 2nd - Soirée Dansante Téléthon Basse-Goulaine 50
4th - Salles des Fêtes, Varades 44
8th - Dancing le Canopus, Tharon Plage 44
11th - Salles des Fêtes, Martigny 53
12th - Salles des Fêtes, Les Sorinières 44
17th - Dancing la Renaissance, Le Pouliguen 44
18th - Salles des Fêtes, Abbaretz 44
20th - Salles des Fêtes le Champilambart, Vallet 44
25th - Dancing le Club 85, Le Poiré-sur-vie 85
29th - Dancing à la Porte du Golfe, Muzillac 56
31st - Auberge du Pays de Retz à Port-Saint Père 44

For further information see the website www.franck-gergaud.com
 
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Karen Street Concerts, West Country - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

Accordionist Karen Street, with Stan Sulzmann (saxophone), Mike Outram (guitar) and Fred Baker (bass), plays the following concerts:-

December 4th - The Sandpiper Inn, Countisbury
5th - The Beaver Inn, Appledore
6th - St Ives Jazz Club, Western Hotel
7th - St Michael's Church, Beer
8th - Tor Leisure Centre, Glastonbury

Karen Street was the All Britain Virtuoso Champion in 1982 and 1983, and a competitor in the 1984 CIA Coupe Mondiale held in Folkestone, England. She later performed on saxophone as a member of the all female quartet the Fairer Sax, and now has returned to the accordion, both as a player and a composer. In the near future she is to record as a duo with accordionist Tony Compton.

For further information email: mail@karenstreet.com
 
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Wartime Singalongs, Stockport - UK

Accordionists Rob Howard and John Jones lead singalongs of World War Two songs at the Stockport Air Raid Shelters on December 5th, 8th and 15th, from 8.15pm. These shows are at the end of guided tours of the underground shelters where in 1940 and 1941, up to 7,000 people spent the nights to escape bombing raids. Accordionists were a regular and welcome form of entertainment in the shelters, and the present day shows are also proving popular with the public.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
 
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Irish Music Concert, East Sussex - UK

On December 8th, diatonic button accordionist Joe Whelan, banjo player Liam Farrell, and pianist Reg Hall will perform Irish music and songs at the The Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, East Sussex. On January 5th, button accordionist John Kirkpatrick will be the guest at the same venue.
 
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Annual Accordion Orchestra Charity Concert, Macclesfield - UK
Contributed by Rob Howard

The Stockport Accordion Orchestra, directed by Brian Jenkins, perform at Henbury and Broken Cross Institute, Macclesfield on December 9th, at 8pm. Proceeds from the concert are donated to the East Cheshire Hospice.

For further information email: robaccord5@hotmail.com
 
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Free Lunchtime Concert, London - UK

On December 13th there will be a free lunchtime concert presented by Accordions at Morley, from 1.05pm, at Morley College (close to London's Waterloo Station).

For further information email: Neil@nsanders.demon.co.uk
 
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Italian Favorites Monterey Style.

Review by
Joan Cochran Sommers.
 

James O' Brien - composer, arranger and performer, releases another 6 new works for accordion available for purchase online. 'Plaisir d'amour' (traditional), 'Psaropoula' (traditional), 'Red River Valley' (traditional), 'Román Castillo' (traditional), 'The Sailor's Hornpipe' (traditional), 'Skye Boat Song' (traditional). Samples of this music are available on the site. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card. 
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Paul Chamberlain has released1 new compositions of 'Once more for the last time'. Samples of the music are available online. The music is in eSheet format, able to be emailed to your computer. Purchase with credit card.
Yehuda
A new site selling a CD titled 'Accordion Fantasy' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
Cali
A new site selling a CD titled 'Echoes Of Europe' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
Inaki
A new site selling a CD titled 'Cool Change' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
Gary Darven
A new site selling a CD titled 'Sounds Italian' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
Benetoux
A new site selling a CD titled 'Accordion Powerhouse' with sound samples. Music performed by Peter Piccini. Purchase online.
A new site selling a book titled Young Music Book 1. Original Compositions for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.
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A new site selling a book titled Young Music Book 2. Original Compositions for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.
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A new site selling a book titled Young Music Book 3. Original Compositions for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling
Tom
A new site selling a book titled Young Music Book 4. Original Compositions for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.
A to Z of the Accordion
A new site selling a book titled Entertainment Accordion Book 1. Original Compositions for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.
Charnwood
A new site selling a book titled Entertainment Accordion Book 2. Original Compositions for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.
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A new site selling a book titled Entertainment Accordion Book 3. Original Compositions for Accordion by Karthause Schmuelling.

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