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17th May 2002 This weeks news | Past News | Send news

Editors Note
This week we have included requests in the "Accordion Information Required" section (below) from readers looking for sheet music by Gigi Stok and for modern pieces by singers like Britney Spears or Shakira. We can offer a great opportunity for music composers and publishers to list their pieces in the Music For Accordion site, which currently has a special free typesetting offer for a limited time.

Wayne Knights Webmaster



This Weeks News


United Kingdom Championships 2002 - England

Elaine & Ron BeechamContributed by Gina Brannelli

The successful United Kingdom Championships 2002 were held at the The Spa Complex, Scarborough from May 3rd to 5th May organized by the NAO. The event began with an Evening Welcome night with guest performers Gina & Romany Rye. Over 400 contestants took part in a variety of competition categories throughout the event. Presentations were held on the Saturday evening following entertainment by the Millennium Orchestra. The NAO special award was given to Elaine and Ron Beecham as a joint award for their remarkable service and support of the Movement for so many years.

Millennium OrchestraCompetition winners:

Virtuoso: Robert Cherry
Senior Recital: Larysa Bodell
17 Years & Under: Larysa Bodell
15 Years & Under: Jennifer Maxwell
13 Years & Under: Ashley Dudderidge
11 Years & Under: Curtis Lam
9 Years & Under: Graham Laurie
7 Years & Under: Anton Bodell
Scottish 16 Years & Over: Stewart Walker
Polka Senior: Neal Galbraith
Musette Senior: Paul Chamberlain
Open Premier Duet: Kim Catling & Daniel Shave
Advanced Duet: Alison Hope & Caitlin O'Donnell
Art Level Group: The Burton Accordion Group
Advanced Group: Burton Advanced Group
Intermediate Group: BL Munchkins
Entertainment: Colchester Accordion Showband
Advanced Orchestra: Colchester Advanced Band
Intermediate Orchestra: Graham Laurie Paisley Intermediate Orchestra


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Dutch Reformed Church Concert Series - South Africa

Duo 2000 will perform a series of concerts at the Dutch Reformed Church, Primary School and Coach House Hotel in Tzaneen, Mpumalanga from May 24th to 26th. Their program will include "Ball Scenes" (Hellmesberger), "Hejre Kati" (Hubay) and "Guitarrero" (Drdla). For further details email:



Villa Caruso-Bellosguardo Recital - Italy

Francesco PalazzoAccordionist Francesco Palazzo will give a recital at the Villa Caruso-Bellosguardo in Florence on May 25th. His program will include pieces by Bach and Gubaidulina. For further information email:


Bayan Workshop in Pennsylvania - USA

Jim Vandelly held a workshop entitled "The Bayan: Design and Techniques" at the American Accordion Musicological Society (AAMS) symposium in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on March 3rd. The workshop was attended by a room full of enthusiastic piano accordionists who were interested to learn more about the differences between the Russian bayan and the more familiar piano accordion.

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Music School Concert - Poland

The S-ART Music School held their end of year concert at the Centre of Catholic Culture in Wroclaw, Poland recently. Performers included students, teachers, accordionist Olexiy Suslov and the Harmonica Orchestra (conducted by Galyna Suslova) who played an extensive repertoire of music such as Entrance the opera "Carmen" (Bizet), Waltz of Flowers from Nutcracker Ballet (Tchaikowsky) and Paganini etudes.


Scottish Stage Show - Scotland

PosterContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

Accordionist Paul Chamberlain is currently organising a Scottish stage show entitled "The Pride of Scotland" which is packed with old-fashioned qualities portraying a clean image of Scotland through humour, music, dance and song.

The show, which will be held in the Borders, Tait Hall, Kelso on May 25th, and the Volunteer Hall, Galashiels on May 26th, brings together professional Scottish performers from around the country. Compered by "Scotland's Son of Fun" Eddie Rose (from Pitlochry), the show incorporates vocalists Thora Ker & Colin Jackson, plus the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonian Pipe Band, who are classed as one of the finest pipe bands in the world. Backing the vocalists and providing toe-tapping music is Robert Baird and his Scottish Dance Band.

These shows are the first of many being planned and arrangements are currently being negotiated for venues throughout the UK and overseas. For further details email:


"Gem of the Kaipara" World Premiere a Major Success - New Zealand

Kevin FriedrichContributed by Lionel Reekie

New York based accordionist Kevin Friedrich and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra strings presented the world premiere of "Gem of the Kaipara" for solo accordion, string orchestra and percussion, composed by Gary Daverne last weekend to a completely sold-out audience in Dargaville, New Zealand.

ConcertWritten as a musical tribute to the late Jenny Cocurullo, long time accordion and arts supporter and Life Member of the New Zealand Accordion Association, the premiere of "Gem of the Kaipara" received a standing ovation. At the request of the concert organizers, the work was played a second time and received another standing ovation. Jenny had always promoted the Kaipara region of New Zealand as the gem of the north, however, she was in turn considered the Gem of the Kaipara, thus the title of the new work by Gary Daverne which was commissioned by the Kaipara District Council.

Kevin, President of the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA), presented a series of three concerts as guest soloist with Gary Daverne and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand's largest Symphony orchestra with over 80 members. Performing in both Auckland and Dargaville utilizing his talents as an exponent of the button and piano accordion, Kevin also performed "Rhapsody for Accordion Orchestra" (Gary Daverne) on bayan and "Gem of the Kaipara" for accordion and string orchestra on piano accordion.

Performing to a combined audience of over 3,000 people, the well received concerts provided great exposure for the accordion as well as presenting an exciting new accordion/orchestral work by Gary Daverne.


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Accordion Folk Workshop - Germany

Contributed by Jo Meyer

An accordion workshop will be held in Rudolstadt, Thuringia from July 1st to 5th, the subject being creative music making on the basis of folk music with tutor Alan Berne (USA). The course will show the accordion as a nationally, stylistically and socially marginal instrument and the musician is the defining character between the various overlapping cultural identities. Accordion music is the lens through which one can see and the catalyst for the creative and conscious handling of these processes.

Alan Berne, accordionist, pianist and composer has toured America, Europe, Israel and Japan with groups "Brave Old World", "Accordion Tribe" and "Klucevsek/Bern Duo". He has held courses and workshops for accordion, composition and cultural studies at the European Summer Academy (Weimar, Germany), Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), Center for Intercultural Studies (University of Mainz), Indiana University (USA) and Cincinatti Conservatory (USA). For further details email:



Benefit Concert for the Israeli Red Cross - USA

Accordionist Sy Kushner will perform as a guest artist with the klezmer band "Kapelye" at the Harms Center in Engelwood, New Jersey on May 19th. Other guest artists include David Bromberg with Jay Unger ("Ashoken Farewell" from the Civil War documentary), Andy Statman, David Grisman and Lucy Kaplansky. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Israeli Red Cross.



Gavle Festival - Sweden

SwapThe Gavle Festival will be held in Gavle, Sweden on May 18th organized by Magnus Backstrom. Popular group "Swap", which features accordionist Karen Tweed will perform at the festival. Their program will include pieces from their new CD "Mosquito Hunter" such as "Creme Fraiche" (Carina Normansson), "Mosquito Hunter" (Ola Backstrom) and "Crowley's Reel" (traditional Irish reel). For festival details email:


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Accordion Professor to be Nominated - Austria

Contributed by Dr Herbert Scheibenreif Manager of Friedrich Lips Productions

For the first time in history a Professor for Accordion will be nominated at the "University of Music" in Graz, Austria. Applications must be sent before May 24th to: Universitńt fŘr Musik und darstellende Kunst, Brandhofgasse 18, 8010 Graz, Austria. Phone: +43 316 389 3538 For further information email Dr Georg Schulz at:


Jacomucci Performs in Rome - Italy

Claudio Jacomucci will give a solo concert at "Bibli" in Rome on June 14th. His program will include works by Bortolotti, Kurtag, Donatoni, Mencherini, Garau and Zorn. For concert details email:



Accordionist Performs on "Ten Unknowns" Soundtrack - USA

Accordionist Dr William Schimmel will perform on the pre-recorded soundtrack to the play "Ten Unknowns" by John Robin Baitz. The play will run at the Huntington Playhouse in Boston Massachusetts from May 18th to June 18th. The music is composed by Rick Baitz, brother of the playwrite. For further details email:

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Florence Conservatorium Accordion Ensemble in Concert - Italy

Ivano BattistonContributed by Holda Paoletti-Kampl

"Le Fisarmoniche del Conservatorio di Firenze" (the Florence Conservatorium Accordions), an ensemble which includes Modestino Musico, Gabriele Venturi, Paolo Sparnacci and Fabio Colaceci (all students of Ivano Battiston at the "Luigi Cherubini" State Conservatorium), will perform at the prestigious Villa Strozzi in Florence on May 19th. Their program will feature pieces by Seiber, Pachelbel, Battiston and Piazzolla. For details email:



Accordionist Performs at 50th National Lions Convention - Australia

Bernadette ConlonAustralian accordionist, Bernadette Conlon, gave three concerts at the 50th Annual Australian National Lions Convention, held in Geelong last week. The convention, attended by over 1,400 Lions and Lionesses from all over Australia and neighbouring countries, was also attended by the International President of Lions International, J. Frank Moore III and his wife Rita (USA).

The convention was formally opened by the Victorian Governor, His Excellency, John Landy. Bernadette performed at a lunchtime fashion parade, gave a lunchtime recital, and performed requests and gave a floor show at the Lionesses formal evening dinner. All performances were on midi acoustic accordion, with music ranging from classical to popular pieces. Among those to compliment Bernadette were the International President and his wife, who publicly congratulated Bernadette on the performances they attended.


Alexander Korbakov Tours the UK and Ireland

Contributed by Jean Shearman

Accordionist Alexander Korbakov (Russia) will tour the UK from May 17th to June 21st performing at a variety of venues in Guildford, Ilminster, Colyton, Jersey, Soar Valley, Cambridge, Castlegory, Ireland and Tipperary. His program will include pieces of abiding beauty like Caccini's "Ave Maria" and "Valse Triste" (Sibelius), the fiery "Sabre Dance" (Khachaturian), Strauss' s "Trich Trach Polka" and some of his own arrangements of Russian folk music.

Alexander Korbakov currently plays with the Russian State Concert Orchestra, with small ensembles and as an accompanist. He has received acclaim as a soloist in many countries in Europe, with regular annual tours of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. He has broadcast on the BBC World Service and recorded cassettes and CDs, the latest of which, "Light & Shadow", is proving extremely popular. He has also produced a video "Alexander Korbakov in Profile". For further concert details email:

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Portuguese Group Tours France

Danšas Ocultas (Portugal) toured France last month performing concerts in BŔgles (Bordeaux), Fontenay-le-Comte, La Maroquinerie in Paris and Limoges. The group, which includes accordionists Artur Fernandes, Filipe Ricardo, Filipe Cal and Francisco Miguel will tour Germany from May 16th to 20th. For details email:



Mississippi Gulf Coast Concerts - USA

In last week's news we reported incorrect information about Bulgarian accordionist Milen Slavov's concerts. On May 11th Milen performed with Teodor Dimitrov (gudulka) at the 7th Annual Culture Shock Family Arts Festival in Gautier sponsored by Jackson County Arts Council.

On June 1st and 2nd he will be joined by acclaimed Strandzha singer Zhivka Papancheva at the Ocean Springs Renaissance Festival in Marshall Park, Ocean Springs, MS. Their program will include original Bulgarian music in traditional and contemporary styles. For further details phone: +1 228 875-4424

We apologise for this error. The information listed in the Future Events section of our Yellow Pages is correct. Ed



Familie Popolzin Concert - Germany

The Familie PopolzinContributed by Edmund Schwarz

The Familie Popolzin (Siberia) will perform at the Kirche St. Johann in Kronberg on June 8th. This will be followed by a concert at the Festsaal Wohnstift am Zoo in Frankfurt on June 17th. The group includes bayanists Wladimir and Irina, who performed as the "Duo Popolzin" at the Castelfidardo International Competition (Italy) in 2000, winning first place in the Jazz Category, and their daughter Natascha who plays violin.

Their program includes works by Bach, Dvorßk and Gershwin many of which have been arranged especially for the family group by Wladimir. For further details email:


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Stolen Accordion - USA

Alfred Popovic had his Guerrini Superior 2 ORO accordion stolen from New York recently. The instrument is unique as it has the name "Alfred" inscribed next to the Guerrini logo. Alfred is offering a reward for information leading to the return of this instrument. Email:



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