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08-Nov-2019

Closing Dates for 23rd Annual Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships - UK

Clyde JohnstonThe 23rd Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships will be held in the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus on February 22nd, 2020 from 9am organised by Clyde Johnston (picture right).

A Prize Presentation will take place at a Gala Concert and Ceilidh Dance on the Saturday night in the Hotel. There will also be a 'Free & Easy' concert on the Friday night (February 21st) from 8pm featuring top accordionists from the UK and Ireland.

The 2019 22nd Championships held earlier this year attracted a huge entry and early indications suggest this could be surpassed in 2020 with competitors from England, Scotland and the Irish Republic as well as a strong local entry.

The event caters for all types of accordion music with Solo, Duet, Group, Orchestral and Marching Band Sections suitable for all ages and grades and ranging in styles from classical and continental to traditional. It promises to be a musical feast with three halls in use all day.

The Championships are run under the rules of the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom (NAO) and are a qualifying heat for the 2020 UK Championships held in Liverpool, England. This means that any UK resident who competes in an NAO Section at the Championships will have qualified to compete in the relevant Section of the UK Championships.

In addition to the NAO Sections a number of non-NAO sections have been introduced including Irish Traditional and introduced for the first time earlier this year, Jimmy Shand & Shand Morino sections.

The closing date for entries is 31st December 2019.

For details email: clyde.johnston@hotmail.co.uk
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