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Weekly News from Around the World - 06-May-2022
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World Accordion Day (WAD) - International
Irish Accordion Association Open Festival 2022 - Ireland
23rd International Festival Duchi D’Acquaviva - Italy
Video: Semion Shmelkov Invitation to the "First Date" - Russia
2022 Chester Folk Festival - UK

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

North Shore Accordion Orchestra Reunion 50 anni - Nuova Zelanda
ASPUŠ Bratislava 2022 Accordion Festival & Competition – Slovakia
Online: Ist All-Russian Bayan & Accordion Competition "Cup of Russia" - Russia
Brandon McPhee June Concerts – Scotland
World Premiere by “Duo Aliada” – Austria
Raimondas Sviackevičius Masterclass – Poland
Tribute Concert for Joe Burke – UK
Online: 2022 Concord of Sounds International Competition - Latvia
Online: Accordion Star International 2022 Competition
Video: Liub Anya Performing La Cumparsita - Russia
Video: Blackhill Accordion Band March in Edenmore Parade – Northern Ireland
Six More Titles, Julia Gordon Scottish Music Arrangements - Scotland

Future events

Accordion Activities in León - Spain
Stanislav Angelov “Passion for Music” Concert – South Africa
Black Pencil Perform at “Day of Ancient Music” Concert – Netherlands
Michel Pruvot Features at Accordion Festival – Belgium
Christchurch Accordion Orchestra “Together Again” Concert – New Zealand
Online: Final ATG Workshop Features Dr. Angela Natoli - USA
"HopStopBanda" Perform in Cologne - Germany

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2022 PIF Castelfidardo Dates and Rules Released in Italian - Italy

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World Accordion Day (WAD) - International

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Birthday cakeWAD logoHappy World Accordion Day to all accordionists and enthusiasts. May 6th is the official birthday of the accordion.

There are many accordion concerts and events throughout the world to celebrate our special day.

We invite you to go to the World Accordion Day page, 2022 Reports, and view all of the activities and see the links to online concerts and festival events. We have reports from a number of countries online now with more arriving in the coming days.

The Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) is pleased to welcome you to World Accordion Day. Since 2009, each May 6th, the CIA has been promoting World Accordion Day.

Enjoy the worldwide World Accordion Day celebrations.

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Irish Accordion Association Open Festival 2022 - Ireland

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The Irish Accordion Association will hold their 2022 Open Accordion Festival on November 19th & 20th, 2022, at the Mullagh Hall in Mullagh, Co. Cavan, Ireland.

The event will include competition classes for soloists, duets, ensembles and orchestras in a variety of age groups.

Entries close 1st October, 2022

Download competition rules and entry form here: 2022IrishRules.pdf

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23rd International Festival Duchi D’Acquaviva - Italy

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The 23rd International Festival "Duchi d'Acquaviva" will be held from August 8th to 28th, 2022 in Atri, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy, organised by the Association "Amici della Musica 2000" and sponsored by the Town Hall of Atri, the Province of Teramo, the Abruzzo Region and the Tercas Foundation.

The festival will feature classical music concerts by students and their teachers as well as masterclasses for approximately 150 students playing a variety of instruments.

A bandoneon Masterclass will be held by Gianni Iorio from August 8th to 10th, 2022.

Download Masterclass application form here: 2022Duchi.pdf

For details email: info@amicidellamusica2000.it

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Video: Semion Shmelkov Invitation to the "First Date" - Russia

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Video: Semion Shmelkov Invitation to the "First Date" on April 23rd, 2022 at the Alexander Shilov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

Program:

M. Bronner (1952)
"I float in the waves of love." Eight sonnets (2015)
III. Amur
IV. Time
V. First date

C.F.E. Bach (1714-1788)
Concerto in D minor. H.420/wq. 17 (1745)
III. Allegro

T. Sergeeva (1951)
Concert in two parts (2019)

O. Chistokhina (1983)
Spring Music (2022)

P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Allegro in C minor. TH.159 (1863-1864)

W. Bibergan (1937)
Aria (1980)

E. Podgaits (1949)
Concertino in three parts (1999)

Semyon Shmelkov (bayan)
Ivanovo Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra - chief conductor Dmitry Shchudrov

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2022 Chester Folk Festival - UK

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Melrose QuartetThe Chester Folk Festival will be held in the village of Kelsall, Chester, England from May 27th to 29th, 2022.

The festival will include a variety of concerts, ceilidhs, music & song sessions, dancing, folk club and workshops.

Accordion performers include “Granny’s Attic” (Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne on melodeon & concertina), “Melrose Quartet” (Richard Arrowsmith on melodeon – pictured 2nd from right) and “Albireo” (Howard Jones on melodeon, Anglo concertina).

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne will play solo and also run a workshop entitled “Tunes for Squeezeboxes”.

For details email: info@chesterfolk.org.uk
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North Shore Accordion Orchestra Reunion 50 anni - Nuova Zelanda

On Tour albumAccording to the Ambassadors albumVideo: Pubblicato per il 2022 World Accordion Day.

North Shore Accordion Orchestra Inc celebrates 50 years with a Reunion video with former players from around the world playing along with the original recording in the background.

Thanks to Gary Daverne ONZM for this arrangement of Swingin Safari by Bert Kamfert and to sound engineer Grayson Masefield.

Original members, all of whom had children also played in these orchestras, feature along with Accordions Worldwide Editor Christine Johnstone and founder of Accordion Worldwide Harley Jones.

The North Shore Accordion Orchestra made 6 major international tours, to Europe, North America and Asia including first accordion orchestra to tour China, receiving many standing ovations for their concerts. They recorded 4 albums, which remain available as mp3 albums. Three Musical Directors, Fay-Ellen Schaw (conductor), Harley Jones and Heather Masefield.

View and hear sound samples at: http://www.musicforaccordion.com/inform/anzao/index.htm

To celebrate World Accordion Day, if you want a free download of any of these albums, send a email request to: musicforacc.com@yahoo.com
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ASPUŠ Bratislava 2022 Accordion Festival & Competition – Slovakia

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The ASPUŠ Bratislava 2022 Accordion Festival & Competition will be held in the Concert Hall of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia from May 19th to 21st, 2022, organised by the ZAS - Association of Accordionists of Slovakia.

The festival will include a competition as well as a variety of concerts, masterclasses and seminars.

Master classes will be held by Ana Šterpin Zagoranski, Maciej Frackiewicz and Snežana Vlastic–Grbic

As part of the festival, a Seminar and concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of accordion education in Slovakia, will be held at the Concert Hall of the Academy of Performing Arts on May 20th, 2022.

Download the festival program here: 2022BratislavaProgram.pdf

For details email: akordeonisti@gmail.com

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Online: Ist All-Russian Bayan & Accordion Competition "Cup of Russia" - Russia

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The Ist All-Russian Bayan & Accordion Competition "Cup of Russia" will be held in Vologda, Russia from June 1st to 15th, 2022 as an online competition due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Timeline of competition as follows:

• June 1st, 2022: Grand opening of the Competition (online).
• June 1st to June 14th, 2022: The jury will view the entry videos.
• June 1st to June 14th, 2022: Master class, concert by Laureates of All-Russian and International competitions, Alexander Komelkov and Denis Koptelov
• June 15th, 2022: Closing ceremony of the Competition. Competition results, and Gala concert based on video recordings of competition winners.

The competition will include age group categories for soloists, ensembles, orchestras, students of children's music schools and children's art schools, secondary specialized educational institutions, and a teachers category.

Applications close on May 31st, 2022.

Download competition rules here in Russian language: 2022VologdaRules.pdf

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Brandon McPhee June Concerts – Scotland

Video: Brandon McPhee announces his June Brandon Mcphee Experience concerts in Scotland from the 22nd to 27th June, 2022 in Inverness, Stirling, Brechin, Langholm, Musselburgh and Aberdeen.
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World Premiere by “Duo Aliada” – Austria

Duo Aliada
The accordion as a young instrument on the international concert stage first aroused the curiosity and interest of contemporary composers, who are always on the lookout for new sounds, and has now also conquered concert audiences.

This applies in particular to the Polish-Serbian “Duo Aliada”, which is known for its creative adaptations of the classical repertoire (including Bach's "Goldberg Variations"). Polish saxophonist Michal Knot and Serbian accordionist Bogdan Laketic formed the duo in 2013 in Vienna, a city whose rich musical tradition reflects its role as a crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe.

On April 30th, 2022 the duo performed in the Grand Hall of the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Together with the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, “The Ancient Night” for saxophone, accordion and orchestra by the young Polish composer Wojciech Chalupka, was premiered.

This work tells in fantastic sounds of nocturnal pagan rituals in Slavic countries, the artistic home of the duo: a concerto for accordion and saxophone perfectly embedded in Schubert's "Magic Harp" overture, the mysterious "Unfinished" and Stravinsky's music from the fairytale ballet "The Fairy's Kiss".

Program:

Franz Schubert: Overture to "The Magic Harp" and "Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus", D 644
Wojciech Chalupka: The Ancient Night (world premiere)
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B minor, D 759, "Unfinished"
Igor Stravinsky: Le Baiser de la Fée. Divertimento for Orchestra

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Raimondas Sviackevičius Masterclass – Poland

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Raimondas Sviackevicius (Lithuania) ran a Masterclass for accordionists at the Senatu Room of the Academy of Music in Gdansk, Pomorskie, Poland on May 5th and 6th, 2022.

The event was organised by the Academy of Music in Gdansk and coordinated by Prof. Elzbieta Rosinska and Pawel Zaganczyk.

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Tribute Concert for Joe Burke – UK

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A Tribute Concert for Galway accordionist, Joe Burke (11th April, 1939 to 20th February, 2021) was held at Kings Place (a hub for music, art, dialogue and food) in London’s Kings Cross, England on May 4th, 2022, organised by Irish Music & Dance in London (IMDL).

Performers included Joe’s wife, Anne Conroy Burke (accordion), Eileen O’Brien (fiddle), Deirdre McSherry (flute/ piano) and Mary Conroy (guitar/ vocal); John Bowe (accordion) and Mick O’Connor (banjo); Andy Martyn (accordion), Seánín McDonagh (accordion), James Carty (fiddle) and others.

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Online: 2022 Concord of Sounds International Competition - Latvia

Concord posterThe online International accordion competition "Concord of Sounds" will be held in Latvia from May 12th to 17th, 2022.

The director of the competition is Spodris Kacans, Vice President of the International Association of Music Schools "Con Anima".

The international jury includes Lionel Reekie (New Zealand), Tatjana Marx (Australia), Marjan Krajna (Croatia), Maryte Markeviciene (Lithuania), Nemanja Potparic (Montenegro), Andriy Dushniy (Ukraine), Iliya Zhornitski (Israel), Elwira Sliwkiewicz-Cisak (Poland), Diana Stancheva (Bulgaria), Reda Labanauskiene (Lithuania), Frederic Deschamps (France), Fernando Ávila (Brazil), Vija Petrova (Latvia), Yves Moulin (Switzerland), Elena Berezina (Lithuania), Danijela Rakic (Serbia), Eduardas Gabnys (Lithuania), Erand Kurani (Albania), Zoran Rakic (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Aleksa Mirkovic (Serbia), Gonçalo Pescada (Portugal), Zorica Karakutovska (North Macedonia), Jirí Lukeš (Czech Republic), Ricardas Sviackevicius (Lithuania), Angel Marinov (Bulgaria), Bratislav Manasijevic (USA), Nguyen Tai Hung (Vietnam), Yerbolat Kamalidenov (Kazakhstan), Ivana Cvetkovski (Croatia), Anamarija Nerad (Croatia), Baiba Trule (Latvia), Cenka Todorova (Bulgaria), Jef De Haes (Belgium), Samgar Tolkynkhan (Kazakhstan), Marcela Kysová-Halmová (Slovakia), Zhao Ming (China), Jianan Yan (China), Zhang Xinhua (China) and Zaure Smakova (Kazakhstan).

The deadline for entries is May 10th, 2022.
Download competition information here: 2022Concord.pdf

For details email: concordofsounds@gmail.com

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Online: Accordion Star International 2022 Competition

2022 Accordion Star
The online 2nd Accordion Star International 2022 Competition will be held online from May 17th to 22nd, 2022.

The purpose of the festival is to promote and develop the performing arts, popularize the accordion as a concert musical instrument, as well as acquire new connections and open unlimited opportunities in a global wide circle of accordion lovers.

The international jury will include leading world-class performers, teachers, composers, conductors, producers from the USA, Canada, China, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kazakhstan, Italy, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Scotland, France, Spain, Israel, Macedonia, Albania, Iran, South Africa and more.

The jury will name the winners in 14 categories of different genres and age groups. The competition program will include new categories such as "Astor Piazzolla Music Award", "Accordion Star 37+” with no age limit for Amateurs and Professionals.

The deadline for entries has been extended to May 10th, 2022.

Download competition information here: 2022Star.pdf

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Video: Liub Anya Performing La Cumparsita - Russia

Video: Liub Anya, which includes accordionists Liubov Akhanova and Kristina Krahmal from Moscow, Russia performing La Cumparsita.

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Video: Blackhill Accordion Band March in Edenmore Parade – Northern Ireland

Video: The Blackhill Accordion Band took part in the annual 2022 Edenmore Band Parade, marching in Limavady, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland on April 22nd, 2022.

This was their first parade of the year.

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Six More Titles, Julia Gordon Scottish Music Arrangements - Scotland

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Julia GordonJulia Gordon, entertainer, teacher and arranger, has a tutor book and a large catalog of Scottish arrangements that have received very complimentary reviews. The music is in pdf format able to be emailed to you.

Six more titles, of Scottish traditional works arranged by Julia Gordon are now online. Click the link below, to view a sample of each piece, grade and other information.

Catalog No. - Name of Music
jgordon179 Loch Rannoch
jgordon169 O'er The Water To Charlie
jgordon164 Ye Banks And Braes
jgordon149 Will Ye Gang Tae Kelvin Grove
jgordon173 Màiri Bhàn Òg (Mary, Young And Fair)
jgordon189 Òran Chaluim Sgàire (Calum Sgaire's Song)

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Accordion Activities in León - Spain

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The Asociación Musical de Acordeonistas "El Sámbano" has announced the following accordion activities will be held in Ponferrada, León, Spain this month.

• May 6th to July 6th: Exhibition entitled “Free Reed Instruments” will be held at the Luis del Olmo Radio Museum.
• May 6th: A Celebration of a Musical Gala was held at the Fábrica de la Luz Energy Museum, in recognition of the miners who were accordionists and are the basis of tradition and teaching of the accordion in our towns. A video specially made for this gala was projected, and various accordion groups participated. See poster below.
• May 7th: 5th Aris del Puerto Accordion Performance Competition for Accordion Studies. There are 53 confirmed participants from all over Spain and 85 accordionists of all ages will participate in varieté and concert accordion categories. See poster above.
• May 7th: Premiere of a work commissioned to Israel López Estelche for accordion and string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello). The accordion soloist is David García Serrano, Professor of accordion at the "Cristobal Haflter" Professional Conservatory of Music in Ponferrada, and the soloists of the Ponferrada Classical Camerata directed by Daniel Bombín Val.
• May 8th: Concert by Jesus Peñaranda, in the street, in front of the Luis del Olmo Radio Museum.
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Stanislav Angelov “Passion for Music” Concert – South Africa

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Accordionist Stanislav Angelov will perform a “Passion for Music” concert with baritone Riaan Hunter at Die Boer Art Theatre in Durbanville, South Africa on May 11th, 2022 at 8.30pm.

“Riaan and Stanislav have been performing together for a number of years and it is time for them to share their passion for music with you. The combination of the accordion with the baritone voice is quite extraordinary. The Duo will perform Italian music and a couple of surprises. Come and join this night of ‘Romance and Good Music’.”

For details phone: 021 979 1911

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Black Pencil Perform at “Day of Ancient Music” Concert – Netherlands

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Black Pencil (which includes accordionist Marko Kassl) will perform at a special “Day of Ancient Music” event which will feature ancient music from seven hundred to three hundred years ago at the Kunstlinie Culrutal Centre in Almere, Netherlands, organised by Goede Rede Concerts.

The event will include an entire afternoon full of short concerts, workshops, and beautiful stories on this theme on May 14th, 2022 from 12 midday to 5pm.

Black Pencil will contribute to this event with a performance of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods at 1.30pm “as always with their own flair and in their own arrangements!”

For details email: info@blackpencil.org

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Michel Pruvot Features at Accordion Festival – Belgium

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Michel Pruvot will feature at an Accordion Festival Day at the Barry Club in Barry, Wallonia, Belgium on May 21st, 2022.

See poster for details.

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Christchurch Accordion Orchestra “Together Again” Concert – New Zealand

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Heather Gladstone QSMThe Christchurch Accordion Orchestra conducted by David Thorne, will perform a concert entitled “Together Again” with the St Albans Community Choir directed by Heather Gladstone QSM (picture left) on May 22nd, 2022 at 5pm.

The concert will be held at St Paul’s Parish Church in Christchurch, New Zealand .

Masks are compulsory. See poster for details.

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Online: Final ATG Workshop Features Dr. Angela Natoli - USA

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Online: The final Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG) online Wednesday Workshop for the 2022 season will feature “Hand Health for Accordionists” by Dr. Angela Natoli DC, DACNB on May 25th, 2022.

This workshop is important because many accordionists have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a myriad ofother hand issues that can affect their playing.

Consequently, and appropriately, Dr. Angela will walk through each of these many hand-related issues that apply to accordionists and give very important advice on how to prevent or treat these issues with exercises, stretches, and other tools that can greatly improve the way your body deals with each of these situations. This is a topic which is extremely relevant and urgent for all of us.

For details email: atg.accordioniststeachersguild@gmail.com

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"HopStopBanda" Perform in Cologne - Germany

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“HopStopBanda” (pictured above) will perform at the Torburg in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany on May 28th, 2022 from 8pm to 10pm.

The band includes instrumentalists on accordion, guitar, saxophone, flute and double bass who play a folk mix of “Gypsy, boogie, gangster swing and Soviet tango” music.

For details email: duboff11@yandex.ru

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2022 PIF Castelfidardo Dates and Rules Released in Italian - Italy

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Antonio SpaccarotellaRoberto Ascani, Ruben CittadinThe 2022 PIF Castelfidardo dates have been set. Wednesday 28 September to Sunday 02 October 2022. Entry closing date is 04 September 2022. Rules and further information in Italian at: 2022Castelfidardo

The City Council of Castelfidardo (Marche region, Italy), in collaboration with Castelfidardo Pro Loco Tourist Association, organizes the PIF International Competition “Città di Castelfidardo” for accordion soloists and groups, of classical music and other genres.

The Castelfidardo Municipal Administration is led by Mayor Roberto Ascani, the Castelfidardo Pro Loco headed by Ruben Cittadini, and PIF Artistic since 2021 is Director Antonio Spaccarotella. His qualifications include, event Production Director, highly successful teacher with many international successes, music arranger and recently, successful composer.

Rules in English and further information about PIF 2022 will be released shortly at: 2022Castelfidardo

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