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Area Festivals 2019 - 2020

Area Festivals Results 2019 - 2020

NAO Music List 2019-2020

UK Championship 2019 Results

to be held at
THE ADELPHI HOTEL, LIVERPOOL 25th - 27th April, 2020

Congratulations to all who participated at the 70th Anniversary UK Championships

  The NAO Executive Committee welcomes you to our website.
Our website aims to help and support all those preparing to enter our series of Area Festivals and the UK Accordion Championships. 
It also provides information about past competitions and entry information for future events. 
The website also has some of our NAO's history, from the first Accordion Day in 1935, the formation of the NAO in 1949, the hosting of 5 CIA Coupe Mondiale World Competitions ……………..




UK Championships 2019

It was a very special year for the NAO UK Championships 2019 as members of the Organisation celebrated its 70th Anniversary in Liverpool 26th-29th April. During the festival with the NAO Associate Award 2019 was presented to Jean Hanger for her devotion and service to the Accordion!. It was appropriate the opening of the festival began with the first rehearsal of the NAO Vintage orchestra under her guidance, who following further rehearsals gave a wonderful performance prior to the final prize presentation.

NAO 2019 Associate Award receipient Jean Hanger winner with NAO Chairperson Raymond Bodell
Vintage Orchestra under the baton of Jean Hanger

The qualification for the CIA Coupe Mondiale 2019 to be held in Shenzhen, China in August was held with both Annalize Bodell (Junior Virtuoso Entertainment Music) and Alexander Bodell (Virtuoso Entertainment Music) being selected.

Annalize Bodell (Senior Recital) with the oldest trophy first presented 70 years and has been awarded every year since 1949

This year it was a privilage to invite some international guests to our jury they were Frederic Deschamps (France) and Jorge Alves (Portugal) were kept busy with National Competitions being held in 3 venues throughout the weekend. Frederic Deschamps delighted his audience with a Masterclass during the weekend.

Display of programmes from 1949 to present day covering the 70 years
Vintage Accordions on Display with thanks to Carloine Hunt

As part of the 70th Anniversary, the NAO was pleased to invite Caroline Hunt with her private collection of over 30 instruments and the Organisation collated several historic displays including one featuring all the Chairpersons of the NAO since 1949, all the Merit and Associate award recipients, and all the Merit and Honoured friends awarded by the CIA. Another was ALL the UK Programmes covering the 70 years since the first Accordion Day, this feature bringing back some wonderful memories for many.