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Weekly News from Around the World - 19-Nov-2021
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2022 Accordion Seminar & Accordion Days - Switzerland
IV All-Russian Competition "Baroque Music on Accordion", Moscow - Russia
Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family
Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France
4th Aris del Puerto Competition - Spain
NOVAM Orchestra Festival – Netherlands
Popular "Play Your Accordion Without Pain" eBook Now Available in Chinese Language

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

1st Online International Competition "Ozornye Harmoniki" – Belarus
Musikmesse 2022 - a restart for next year - Germany
2022 Edinburgh Music Competition Festival - Scotland
New CD “AccoChameleon” by Wiesław Ochwat & Maciej Zimka - Poland
“Manran” Releases New Album “Ùrar” - Scotland
Postponed: Andreas & Naoko Nebl Benefit Concert - Germany

Future events

“Granny’s Attic” Concert and Album Launch – UK
42nd Grand Provincial Fiesta Cayastá - Argentina
John Kirkpatrick “Carolling & Crumpets” Christmas Show – UK
Accordionists Perform at HKB University Concert - Switzerland
Christchurch Accordion Orchestra Guests at Xmas Concert – New Zealand
Ambre Vuillermoz Raffin Performs at St Pierre de Montmartre Church - France
Martynas Levickis “Piazzolla 100” Concert - Lithuania

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Video: Daniil Dashukevich Performs Winning Program - Belarus

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2022 Accordion Seminar & Accordion Days - Switzerland

Ian WatsonLionel ChapuisThe 2022 Accordion Seminar and Accordion Days Switzerland will be held at Campus Sursee in Sursee, Switzerland from January 21st to 23rd, 2022.

The event will include a weekend full of music and intensive work for accordionists of all levels, orchestral courses with lecturers from Switzerland and abroad, master classes for accordion soloists and a conducting course.

Ian Watson (picture above left) will hold an Orchestra Class entitled "Movie Music & 4 Sea Sketches", which focuses on the melodies of the "Star Wars" and "E.T." movies.

Other themes of the course are: rehearsal methods, musical consolidation, differentiated articulation, working on dynamics, and performance.

Lionel Chapuis (picture above right) will hold an orchestra class entitled "Rhapsody in Blue - accordion and pianist orchestra" where attendees will have the pleasure of addressing George Gershwin's famous work "Rhapsody in Blue" in an orchestra version of accordion and piano!

Other course tutors include Silke D'Inka - "Surprise", Roger Gisler - "Motely", Stefan Hippe - Conducting course and Anne-Maria Hölscher - Master class.

Further details at: accordeon.ch

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IV All-Russian Competition "Baroque Music on Accordion", Moscow - Russia

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The IV All-Russian Competition "Baroque Music on Bayan & Accordion" will be held in the Organ Hall (pictured above) of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, on March 17th and 18th, 2022.

The competition will be held in 2 rounds as follows:
Round I: 1. Prelude and Fugue (Bach), work from the 17th to `8th century (Scarlatti, Cimarosa, Couperin, Ramo, Daken, etc.)
Round II: Organ polyphonic cycle (Bach Prelude and Fugue, Fantasy and Fugue, Toccata and Fugue).

There are no age and time restrictions and no fees for the competition.

The competition winner will be invited to participate in a festive concert dedicated to the All-Russian Day of the button accordion, accordion and harmonica, which will be held on March 19th, 2022 in the Great Hall of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow.

Competition entries close on March 10th, 2022.

For details email: vlassovamaria@mail.ru

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Accordion Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

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Christmas giftsChristmas Gift ideas for friends and family at: 2021 Xmas Gift Ideas.

These ideas have been compiled to hopefully attract your Xmas gift money to be spent with accordion artists, composers, arrangers and publishers.

Please support accordion artistry and choose from over 2,400 eSheet pieces, 310 CD/DVD’s, 2,000 eTracks, 1,000 plus printed works and numerous books (text) to choose from. 2021 Xmas Gift Ideas

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Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books - France

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Merry Christmas logoFree Postage Special:
The Ins and Outs of the Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog benetouxen00). A quality book about accordion repairs, tuning etc. that is very popular indeed. In English

In French. Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (catalog benetouxfr00).

Free Postage Special:
Sounding Out The Accordion by Thierry Benetoux (catalog bthierryen). A very quality book that cares of the sounding and tuning up your accordion. In English.

In French. L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (catalog bthierryfr).
Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon, L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore

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4th Aris del Puerto Competition - Spain

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Aris trophyThe IV Interpretation Competition for accordion studies “Aris del Puerto” was held in Ponferrada, León, Spain on November 13th, 2021.

This competition is promoted by the family of Aris del Puerto to pay tribute and recognition to her, the educational values she transmitted and her desire of having learnt to play the accordion.

The family together with the support of the Institute of Bercian Studies (IEB) and the support of the Ponferrada City Council initiated this competition in 2018.

The jury was composed of Raúl Álvarez Martín, Daniel Bombín Val, Jesús Peñaranda Portilla, Cristina Falagán and Víctor Vigo Villar.

Results at: 2021Aris.pdf

Special prize Comarca de El Bierzo: Irene Fernández Arias (Escuela Municipal de Música de Bembibre - León), Prize: Trophy - picture right.

The day before the competition began, a conference and concert was held entitled "Accordion and Jazz" by Jesús Peñaranda.

All these activities were carried out in collaboration with the musical association of accordionists "El Sámbano", located in Ponferrada, and formed by students, teachers and families who love the accordion.

Download a full list of results and photos at: 2021Aris.pdf

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NOVAM Orchestra Festival – Netherlands

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NOVAM festivalNOVAM (Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Accordeon en Mondharmonica) will hold their 4th Orchestra Festival at the Muziekcentrum van de Omroep, in Hilversum. Netherlands on November 27th, 2021 from 9am to 6pm.

The festival is organised by the Novam Working Group Orchestras which deals with the repertoire list and requests for composition assignments for accordion orchestras.

The Working Group consists of: Christa Groeneveld, Tim Fletcher, Leo van Lierop and Evert van Amsterdam.

Because orchestras have not been able to rehearse recently, an adapted festival will take place this year, which will mainly be about participating and performing for each other.

The day’s program will include three concerts: one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. In each program, a limited number of orchestras play their 20-minute program. A maximum of twelve to fifteen orchestras can participate (depending on the size).

The festival is an invitation and a challenge for all orchestras who want to come out again. Each orchestra receives a memento and a jury report from three independent jury members.

Organisers hope that many orchestras will register for this special 2021 edition.

For details email: christa.novam@gmail.com

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Popular "Play Your Accordion Without Pain" eBook Now Available in Chinese Language

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John BonicaPlay Your Accordion Without PainDue to its popularity, the John Bonica eBook titled "Play Your Accordion Without Pain" has been translated into Chinese.

A book exclusively for accordionists, written by an accordionist, about accordion related problems and injuries, based on 50 years of professional clinical experience. The definitive reference for players of all ages, teachers and professionals.

This is an ebook so it will be sent to you by email as as Acrobat pdf and you will have it promptly, no waiting for post or courier.

English catalog: bonica00 Chinese catalog: bonica-cn

Information in Chinese:
http://www.accordion-news.cn/mfa/eBooks/bonica/bonica3-cn.htm

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


1st Online International Competition "Ozornye Harmoniki" – Belarus

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The 1st Online International Competition "Ozornye Harmoniki" (Mischievous Accordions) will be held in Grodno, Belarus during March and April 2022.

The competition is organised by the "Association of Belarusian Accordionists and Accordionists of the Belarusian Union of Musical Figures".

The competition aims to support the creativity of young musicians, promoting the development of their creative abilities and increasing the level of performing skills as well as the preservation and development of national traditions of performance on accordion, accordion and harmonica, the exchange of pedagogical and performing experience among teachers and students, the realization of creative potential among amateurs, the popularization of performance on accordion, accordion and harmony in the media and promoting communication between children and young people from different countries.

Competition entries will be accepted from March 1st to 25th, 2022. Competition results will be announced on April 30th, 2022.

Voting will then begin for the "Winner of Audience Sympathy" from May 1 to May 7, 2022.

The announcement of the "Absolute Winner" and "Audience Sympathy Winner" will be announced on May 9th, 2022.

The competition will include age category classes in 10 divisions as follows: Bayan, Accordion, Harmony, Ensembles, Orchestras, Solo, Ensemble , Electronic tool, Master of accompaniment, Amateur.

Download full competition information and rules in English and Russian languages here: 2022BelarusRules.pdf

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Musikmesse 2022 - a restart for next year - Germany

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MMAfter an enforced absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Musikmesse team is raring to go again. The 2022 Musikmesse will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from April 28th to May 1st, 2022.

A number of Musikmesse spin-offs will be taking place at the same time, some forming part of the supporting programme: the Musikmesse Festival (28th April to 1st May), the Musikmesse Congress (28th to 29th April), Musikmesse Education (29th April to 1st May) and the B2C event Musikmesse Plaza (30th April to 1st May).

The schedule will also overlap with that of its sister event Prolight + Sound (26th to 29th April).

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2022 Edinburgh Music Competition Festival - Scotland

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Fest logoThe 2022 Edinburgh Music Competition Festival will be held at St. Cuthbert’s Church in Edinburgh, Scotland from March 1st to 13th, 2022.

The Festival, which includes classes for accordionists, will be launched with the first round of the Concerto Competition on January 21st and 22nd, 2022. This class is a unique and special part of the Festival, as it provides the opportunity for four finalists to perform a movement from a concerto with a full orchestral accompaniment during the final evening concert.

The Festival is a friendly and supportive annual event, where amateur musicians of all ages can take to the stage alongside performers of a similar ability. It includes a programme of over 100 competitive and non-competitive classes and positively encourages musicians of all abilities to take part.

The closing concert will be held at The Queen’s Hall on March 13th and will feature festival highlights such as the final of the Concerto Competition. Winners of 15-minute recital classes will be invited to perform in St Giles’ on March 27th.

Entries close on November 30th, 2021.

Download full competition information here: 2022EdinburghSyllabus.pdf

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New CD “AccoChameleon” by Wiesław Ochwat & Maciej Zimka - Poland

Wiesław Ochwat & Maciej Zimka CD coverVideo: Wieslaw Ochwat & Maciej Zimka interview this week on "Mistrzowie i Uczniowie" (Masters and Students) led by Mateusz Borkowski on Radio Kraków. Video includes information about the new CD “AccoChameleon” as well as performances by the duo.

A new debut CD “AccoChameleon” by accordionists Wieslaw Ochwat & Maciej Zimka (lecturers of the K. Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow) was released on November 4th, 2021 on the Requiem Records label in Warsaw, Poland.

The event featured a “sneak peek” and photo shoot by photographer Adam Golec.

The CD includes works by Bach (Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - Allegro, Adagio), Grieg (Suite No. 1 Peer Gynt Op. 46) and Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition - ver. M. Ravel).

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“Manran” Releases New Album “Ùrar” - Scotland

Manran CD coverVideo: Manran performing Track No 1 entitled “Ailean” from their new album “Ùrar”.

Popular Scottish group “Manran”, which includes accordionist Gary Innes, have released their new album “Ùrar”.

The album includes 11 tracks such as “Crow Flies”, “Black Tower”, “The Loop” and “Foghar” etc.

For details email: info@manran.co.uk

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Postponed: Andreas & Naoko Nebl Benefit Concert - Germany

postponedAccordionist Andreas Nebl and Naoko Nebl (harmonica) regret to advise that their benefit concert at the St. Theresia Church in Trossingen, Germany on November 21st, 2021 must be postponed due to the current Corona situation.

They plan to reschedule in March 2022.

For details email: AndiNebl@gmx.de

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“Granny’s Attic” Concert and Album Launch – UK

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CD coverVideo: “Granny’s Attic” performing "Devil's Arch" from their new album. This piece was written by Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (concertina).

Popular trio “Granny’s Attic” will hold an online “live” album launch at HEART (Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre) in Leeds, England, UK on November 20th at 7.30pm. The event will include a live audience at HEART as well as the online presentation through social media.

The group, which includes Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Anglo concertina) are currently performing in the UK with their Brickfields concert tour which features pieces from their new album “The Brickfields” (CD cover picture left).

Album tracks include Cruds & Cream Jig, Odd Thoughts, Watt’s Reel and Devil’s Arch etc.

For details email: band@grannysattic.org.uk

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42nd Grand Provincial Fiesta Cayastá - Argentina

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The 42nd Grand Provincial Fiesta Cayastá will be held in Cayastá, Santa Fe, Argentina on November 21st.

The event will showcase a variety of performers including accordionists Antonio Figueroa and his trio and Miguel Figueroa and his Conjunto ensemble.

Monchito Merlo will entertain at 7pm in San Martin de Las Escobas, Santa Fe.

See posters for details.
Monchito Merlo

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John Kirkpatrick “Carolling & Crumpets” Christmas Show – UK

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John Kirkpatrick will begin his “Carolling & Crumpets” solo Christmas show this weekend.

Beginning at the Chew Valley Arts Centre, Baptist Church, in North East Somerset on November 21st, 2021 at 3pm, John will entertain at a variety of venues as follows:

• November 26th: Guildford Folk Club, The Institute, Guildford, Surrey
• December 3rd: Leigh Village Hall, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset
• December 6th: White Horse Folk Club, Beverley, North Yorkshire
• December 8th: The Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter, Devon
• December 9th: Halsway Manor, Crowcombe, Taunton, Somerset
• December 10th: The Town Hall, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
• December 11th: Holybourne Theatre, Holybourne, Alton, Hampshire
• December 14th: Tigerfolk, Falcon Inn, Long Whatton, Leicestershire
• December 15th: Harrogate Folk Club, Henshaw's Arts Centre, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

For details email: squeezer@johnkirkpatrick.co.uk

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Accordionists Perform at HKB University Concert - Switzerland

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Dannong WuFollowing a year of cancellations due to Covid-19, the HKB Musik University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland will hold a concert in the Kammermusiksaal (Chamber Music Hall) on November 25th at 7.30pm.

Accordion performers include Dannong Wu (China - picture left) who will give a Master specialized performance of Sonata No 38 by Haydn and Inga Piwowarska who will perform Ciaccona a Spirale for accordion and guitar by Harri Suilamo.

For details phone: +41 31 848 39 99

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Christchurch Accordion Orchestra Guests at Xmas Concert – New Zealand

CAA xmas posterCAAThe Christchurch Accordion Orchestra (conducted by David Thorne - picture above) have been invited to perform as guest artists at the “Christmas Bells are Ringing” outdoor concert at the St Paul’s Parish Church grounds in Christchurch on November 28th, 2021 at 5pm.

Other performers include the St Alban’s Community Choir directed by accordionist Heather Gladstone QSM and the New Brighton Silver Band.

Their program will include a variety of Christmas Carols from around the world.

Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs, masks and refreshments with them due to Covid-19 regulations in New Zealand.

For further details phone: 021 1038334

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Ambre Vuillermoz Raffin Performs at St Pierre de Montmartre Church - France

Ambre Vuillermoz RaffinSt PierreVideo: Ambre Vuillermoz Raffin performing Les Grâces by Jacques Duphly.

Accordionist Ambre Vuillermoz Raffin (picture left) will perform a solo recital at the St Pierre de Montmartre Church in Paris, France (picture above) on December 5th, 2021 at 6pm.

Her program will include Baroque works and original music for accordion (Duphly, Rameau, Aho, Gubaidulina).

For details email: ambrevuillermoz@gmail.com

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Martynas Levickis “Piazzolla 100” Concert - Lithuania

Martynas LevickisVideo: Martynas Levickis performing Piazzolla works at a live concert.

Martynas Levickis (picture left) will perform his “Piazzolla 100” Concert with the Chamber Ensemble “Mikroorkestra” at the Compensa Concert Hall in Vilnius, Lithuania on December 10th, 2021 at 7pm.

The event is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of tango innovator Ástor Piazzolla.

For details email: info@martynasmusic.com

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Video: Daniil Dashukevich Performs Winning Program - Belarus

Video: Daniil Dashukevich from the GUO "Children's Music School of Arts No.17 in Minsk, Belarus (teacher - Lilia Viktorovna) performs his winning program in the 1st degree nomination 8 to 9 year section of the 1st Online International Competition "Ozornye Harmoniki" due to be held in Grodno, Belarus next year.

His program includes:

1. L. Malinovsky - "Merry City"
2. R.N. P. "Kalina moya", mod. G. Shendereva

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