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22-Oct-2010

Vladimir Fonin at Stockport Accordion Club, Cheshire – UK

Vladimir FoninRussian accordionist Vladimir Fonin, from the St Petersburg Conservatory, visited Stockport Accordion Club in North West England on October 20th to hold a master class and perform a short recital.

The visit was part of a cultural visit to the NW region, along with Mikhail Senchurov - balalaika, Natalya Gorbenko – piano, and singers Anna Voronina and Sergei Kochetov.

The evening began with a club members’ play around, with pieces played by Chris Green, Diana Ainscough, Betty Molloy, Helen Berta, Gordon Porter, John Jones, Tony Wynroe and Rob Howard. After a tea break, Vladimir Fonin conducted a master class with Justin Ryan, with Natalya Gorbenko acting as his translator.

The piece Justin played was ‘Asturias’, a Spanish composition for guitar, arranged for accordion. Justin – and the audience – assimilated Vladimir Fonin’s comments and suggestions, and the master class (the first one held at Stockport AC) was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. The evening concluded with Vladimir Fonin performing some Russian folk dance pieces, ending with an exciting version of the ‘Carnival of Venice’ (arranged by P. Frosini).

Vladimir Fonin commented that he was interested and delighted to visit an accordion club, where players meet socially and to play together, as he said there is nothing comparable in Russia. He was presented with a copy of ‘An A to Z of the Accordion’, written by Rob Howard, and signed by all those present at the master class.

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