Local Accordion Groups

Crawley Accordion Orchestra

The Crawley Accordion Orchestra was formed in 1976 by Richard Seagar, a local accordion teacher, with both a Senior and Junior Orchestra.

In the earlier days the orchestra appeared on TV in Harry Secombe’s Highway programme, and had broadcasts on BBC Radio Sussex. They were also involved in frequent exchanged visits with Doresten’s Accordion Orchestra in Germany.

Since 1989 the orchestra has given many concerts at the Hawth Threatre in Crawley, and in 1994 they were invited to play at Regents Park Bandstand and made several subsequent performances there. They have gained a very good reputation in the Surrey/Sussex area. For a long time rehearsal were at Hookwood, near Gatwick Airport, but since 2006 practice have taken place in Ockham Village Hall. The CAO has links with the Flanders Accordion Club at Lille, and an orchestra ‘Villakkordeon’ in Wuppertal, in Germany and given joint concerts.

The orchestra plays a wide variety of music in five parts, from popular easy listening music to classics. The range includes waltzes, tangos, and marches, song medleys from shows, French Spanish, Italian, German and South American music. Compositions from one of the world’s greatest bellows musicians, the Brazilian bandoneon player Astor Piazolla, have recently been added to the extensive repertoire. Concerts have been regularly given at Cranleigh Art Centre and Village Hall, in the bandstands of Horsham and Guildford Castle Grounds and various other Venues, and at the Eastbourne Accordion Festivals.

Though a smaller orchestra than in the earlier days, the CAO has maintained its high standard of playing, and was awarded a substantial grant in 2008 to purchase new music. The orchestra uses acoustic piano accordions and one acoustic bass accordion. Playing members come from a very wide area. They have been several changes in Musical Director, and in July of 2013 the directorship and leadership was passed on to Gennaro Fiondella.

Middlesex Accordion Orchestra

This friendly group of 12-or-so accordionists is based in West London and plays a range of music, from contemporary to classical and TV themes to tangos. Each year we look forward to competing in accordion festivals and enjoy performing at Summer and Christmas fayres, school fêtes and residential homes.

The orchestra meets every Tuesday from 7.30-9.30PM in Greenford, UB6.

CONTACT: James Mullally
07752168481
info@jamesmullally.com

https://middlesexaccordionorchestra.co.uk

Morley Accordion Club

Morley Accordion Club (formerly known as the Intermediate Accordion Club) was formed at Morley College, London by a group of players in 2009. All had studied on the beginners and improvers accordion courses at the college and had been playing for around 3 to 4 years.

Having reached a certain standard, those students felt there was a need for a more advanced accordion course that would enable them to continue to progress to a higher standard in solo and ensemble playing, but still within a group format.

 

The club meets on one Sunday a month during college term time for an intensive – but fun and enjoyable! – half

day tutor session led by Julie North. Most of the sessions are held at Morley College and a few at the Siobhan Davis Dance Studio (a short walk from the college).

The sessions combine development of technical skills and general musical ability with duet, group and ensemble playing. Members are encouraged to perform solo pieces to the rest of the group to develop confidence and performing skills.

Although some of the club’s members have passed through the beginners and improvers accordion courses run by Morley College, anyone is welcome to join provided they have reached an appropriate level of playing. (For further information please see the ‘JOIN US’ page)

In the past the Club has organised ‘genre’ workshops to explore different styles of accordion repertoire such as folk/world music, jazz, klezmer and zydeco. Although none are planned for the immediate future, it is hoped that some of these could be included in the fullness of time.

There are also opportunities for members to meet in ‘open’ sessions in smaller groups for ensemble practice arranged by themselves.

For more information email: info@morleyaccordionclub.co.uk

Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra

The Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra (then known as the Tillingbourne Accordion Band) was founded in 1988, meeting for rehearsals in Albury Village Hall. In 1992 it moved to its present venue, in the annexe to Ripley Village Hall, where it still meets on Tuesdays at 8pm and potential members are always welcome.

In April, 1990 the Orchestra founded Guildford Accordion Club, open to all , both players and non players. The Club meets on the third Friday of every month in Ripley Village Hall.

Since its foundation 17 years ago the orchestra has played at many venues, often in support of charities, in Nursing Homes and at a variety of functions, in Surrey, Kent and London locations. The Musical Director at its inception was Mike Naido who was followed by Pete Denham and then a number of others, the present baton holder being Marion Szuman. We are available to accept bookings. large or small.

West Sussex Themed Accordion Club

We have been asked by Ron Bennett to please let our members know that the West Sussex Accordion Club that started in September 2009 has closed forthwith.
Ron and Sue Bennett wish to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the club during the past seven years.
I think a lot of people would like to thank Ron and Sue for running the club over that time.

Email for more information:sqzbxs@aol.com