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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter May/June 2019

President: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano Past President: Johnny Coleclough Vice President: Walter Perrie
Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm/9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60). New members or visitors are always welcome. Website: www.stockportaccordionclub.org


Club Night concert on June 26th
President & Vice President’s Evening


On Wednesday 26th June, 7.30pm, there will be a Club Night concert – the President & Vice President’s Evening - featuring spots from our President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Vice President Walter Perrie, many of our players and friends as soloists and in various combinations, and the Stockport AC Band. The venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1NF. Admission is £5. This will be an informal concert, with non-stop music in many styles. We have had many similar Club Nights in the past without a guest artiste, and they have all turned out to be very enjoyable and relaxed evenings. If any non-band members reading this would like to play a spot, you will be most welcome, but please will you contact me beforehand so that some planning can go into the proceedings. Cheers.



Successful Workshop Day with Bert Santilly

Stockport Accordion Club had an excellent workshop day on Saturday March 23rd at Woodley Methodist Church, led by Bert Santilly, visiting us from Cambridge. Bert guided us expertly through four pieces – Accordion Walk (Martin Lukins), Kermesse Alsacienne (Dragoni & Jardin), La Partida (traditional Venezuelan waltz), and La Cumparsita (GM Rodriguez), sharing his vast knowledge of music and the accordion with us. We all learned a lot, and came away with plenty to think about for improving our playing. Bert also played a solo spot, and his wife Helen sang some songs to Bert’s accompaniment. It proved to be a great social occasion, and the refreshments were pretty good too, especially the home made cakes!



Steve Roxton & Jean Dauvin Club Night concert

Our April 17th Club Night saw the welcome return after five years of Jean Dauvin & Steve Roxton, whose music – most of it French – was thoroughly enjoyed by our audience.
The Stockport Accordion Band began the evening in fine style with Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Irving Berlin), Cradle Song (Brahms), All in the April Evening and Bonanza. Accordion Spice (below left) came next, playing Searchlight Tattoo, A Musical Joke (Mozart) and the Phantom of the Opera theme (Andrew Lloyd Webber), followed by soloist Helen Rich whose pieces were Czardas (Fugazza) and The Gay Picador (Frosini). The final supporting spot saw our Scottish Quartet (below right) playing Australian Ladies, waltzes, and the Farandole Polka.




It was time for our guests, and Steve Roxton was first on stage for a solo spot that began with the chorus folk song Wild Rover, some lively bier keller songs, a Russian medley, and Luci e Ombre. Jean Dauvin then joined him for the Cuckoo Waltz and the Marche des Accordeonistes Lyonais, after which Jean did his first solo spot that included the Marche des Mineurs, Brise Napolitaine, La Paloma and Tico Tico. Therese Dauvin then came on stage to sing Padam Padam, La Vie En Rose, Kiss Me Honey Honey, and Jean finished the first half with Les Triolets, Reine de Musette and Perles des Crystal. The second half began with Steve playing the Irish Washerwoman and other tunes, and he was then joined by Jean for Fleur de Paris and Adios Sevilla. Jean’s solos included Retour des Hirondelles, a superb tangos medley that began with 9 de Julio, and some more pieces. Jean also gave a brief demonstration of some of the varied sounds from his MusicTech 4-row button accordion. Therese (right) added in some more songs, including Cherry Pink, Perhaps Perhaps and No Regrets, and the show concluded with Jean and Steve playing Now is the Hour and Auld Lang Syne. All in all, c’est magnifique!



Rob @ Parisian Ladies Lunch Afternoon


On Friday March 29th I played in a French style during a Parisian Ladies Lunch Afternoon held at the Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester, in aid of Beechwood Cancer Care. It was great fun, and there was a very large turnout of ladies for this annual fund raising function. Beechwood, a Stockport-based registered charity, was established in 1990 as a day care centre to help and support patients, carers and family members who are affected by cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Beechwood supports people with the shock of diagnosis and throughout their journey, offering patient programmes, one to one counselling, complementary therapies and support groups.

Helen Rich @ JMO National Day of Dance 2019


The JMO National Day of Dance 2019 held on March 30th was an extraordinary event, with no less than 52 Morris dance teams doing their stuff just about everywhere in Manchester city centre. Helen Rich was there accompanying the Manchester Morris Men. There were lots of bells jingling, sticks battering each other, hankies swirling in the air, swathes of colour, and melodeons, accordions, concertinas, recorders, drums, etc, all contributing to a large scale celebration of this ancient form of decidedly English folk culture. The day concluded with a show dance set featuring some of the best teams outside the Bridgewater Hall, watched by a large crowd. Fortunately for the organisers Medlock Rappers, the rain stayed away and the sun shone.

Tony Wynroe (1939-2019)

Tony Wynroe, a former Chairman and Treasurer of Stockport Accordion Club, passed away peacefully on March 11th following a struggle with dementia. Tony was a long standing member of our club, having joined in 1987 when we had just been reformed by Cliff Wood as the Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra. In our CWAO years Tony was one of several members who often entered NAO competitions, both as a soloist and in duet sections with Diana Tonge. He later played in both the Stockport Accordion Band and Orchestra. Tony was very well liked and respected by all who knew him, and he was known for his skills as a jazz accordionist and as a classical pianist.

Tony’s funeral at Stockport Crematorium followed by a reception at the Alma Lodge Hotel was very well attended and he certainly had a good send off. His son John and daughter Charlotte spoke movingly about their father, who was a man of many talents – capable of fixing and restoring just about anything - and a devoted family man. Other son Matthew read a poem, The Unknown Shore, by Elizabeth Clark Hardy. Tony was at one time a leading nuclear physicist at Daresbury, and later the owner of Regalsafe in Denton, a company manufacturing security equipment. A keen sailor, he held a Master’s Certificate, and he and Sue and the family sailed to many parts of the world. He was much loved by his family and by all of us at the club, and is sadly missed. RIP.

Forthcoming Dates


On Monday afternoon May 6th, 2pm (World Accordion Day, no less) Rob Howard will be one of several musicians performing at a private garden party at a house in Chorlton, Manchester, with all proceeds going to the charity India Share.


Accordion Spice will be playing, with others, in a Christian Aid concert at Levenshulme Baptist Church, Elmsworth Avenue, M19 3NS, on Friday May 17th, 7.30pm. Admission is free, with retiring collection.


Lithuanian accordion virtuoso Martynas Levickis guests with the Manchester Camerata orchestra in a concert on Wednesday May 29th, 7.30pm, at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.


The Kosmos Ensemble performs in concert on Wednesday June 5th, 1.30pm, at the Barbirolli Room at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. Tickets are £12 each; tel 0161 907 9000. Kosmos are Milos Milivojevic – accordion, Harriet Mackenzie – violin, and Meg Hamilton – viola.
The Bridgewater Hall events list says: “Join us for a lightning tour of the world with a dazzling trio redefining classical and world music. Jazz glides magically into Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish music melts into hot-blooded tango, Arabic and Turkish improvisations transform into Greek melodies. In their arrangements and compositions, Kosmos plays and improvises with spontaneity and passion”.


June 26th, 7.30pm - President & Vice President’s Evening @ Woodley Methodist Church

Woodley Methodist Church Concerts


For tickets/further information about any of these concerts, telephone Phil Taylor on 0161 430 8518


**Saturday June 8th, 7.30pm – Werneth Concert Band. This concert takes place at the Romiley Forum; tickets £8. Proceeds will go to Epilepsy Action.


**Friday September 13th, 8th, the Tintwistle Brass Band, from Derbyshire, are in concert at Woodley Methodist Church; tickets £9; proceeds will go to Leisure for Autism.


**Friday December 6th - Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band concert; tickets £8


Accordion Magic for all Repairs, Restorations, etc


For any kind of acoustic accordion, melodeon or concertina repairs or restorations (including electronic and MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc., telephone Cheshire-based Roy Whiteley on 0751 906 4196 or email roywhiteley@gmail.com; website: www.accordionmagic.com


Final thoughts…
Well, that’s just about it for now except to remind you that we have a Club Night concert with Pearl, Walter and all our gang taking place on Wednesday June 26th, and this will doubtless be another fine feast of squeezing. Please come along and enjoy live music. We need your support. Also, if anyone reading this is interested in joining our happy band, rehearsals are on Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Stockport SK6 1NF. Visitors are always welcome.
Keep squeezing, and be sure to support your local accordion club.


Rob (0161) 480 8858; email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter March/April 2019

President: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Past President: Johnny Coleclough, Vice President: Walter Perrie.
Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm/9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60). New members or visitors are always welcome.
Website: www.stockportaccordionclub.org Accordions Worldwide www.accoaccordionscom

Club Night concert, Wednesday April 17th, 2019 7.30pm

Steve Roxton & Jean Dauvin

On Wednesday April 17th, 7.30pm, Jean Dauvin & Steve Roxton return as our Club Night guests, presenting an evening of the best in French musette, Continental, and Bierkeller-type sing-along music. Their previous visits have been most enjoyable performances that sent everybody home in a happy mood, and we are looking forward to more of their superb entertainment. The brilliant Jean Dauvin (who also happens to be the Deputy Mayor of Avranches in Normandy, northern France), has mixed in good company, having performed alongside the likes of Andre Verchuren, Yvette Horner, Jean-Marc Torchy, etc. Last time Madame Dauvin performed some Edith Piaf songs in great style, and it’s likely she will do likewise on this occasion. Steve Roxton was for many years based in Jersey where he entertained in clubs, bars and hotels during summer seasons and where he also founded the accordion club Les Amis de l’Accordeon. The Stockport Accordion Band will open the concert with a short spot, and anyone reading this who would like to play a tune or two is most welcome – it would be helpful if you let me know in advance. Admission is a mere £5, which these days would scarcely buy a couple of ice creams at any of our local theatres. The venue is Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF

Club Stuff

Our AGM on February 13th saw the Committee re-elected. We have lost some playing members over the last 18 months, but have recently gained a new member, Margaret Gordon. The club’s finances have declined since the last AGM but we keep going and hope for an upturn of fortune over the next year.
Our practices are going well and we are now using a revised repertoire, with several new pieces added and some of the older numbers deleted. With Brennan Wilson now well on the mend following an operation, at the time of writing we are now back to having four conductors, along with Adrienne Sharpe, Marj Howard and John Trigg. If anyone reading this is interested in joining us, band rehearsals are on Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Stockport SK6 1NF. Come along and see what we do. On the third Wednesday of the month we usually have a ‘play around’ where members can volunteer to play their choice of music as soloists or in duets.


Diana Ainscough writes: “Just thought we’d let you know what our ceilidh band Ad Hoc has been doing lately, also our Romiley Accordion Quartet. Ad Hoc have been very busy all winter playing for folk dance groups, private parties, sailing clubs, a concert band’s Xmas party, fund raising events and even doing a ceilidh for a ballroom dancing group! At the moment we have 2 or 3 accordions, violin, concertina, flute, whistle, bodhran, guitar, and our 2 expert callers. We have raised thousands of pounds for a variety of charities. Our quartet of accordions and sometimes a violin have been busy playing in care homes and for different groups in our area. As with Ad Hoc all the money goes to charity”. Ad Hoc are Diana and Tony Ainscough, Betty Molloy and John Trigg.

Band Workshop Day


Bert Santilly, from Cambridge, will visit us at Woodley Methodist Church to lead
an all-day band workshop on Saturday March 23rd, 10am-4.15pm. Bert (right),who some of you will know from his jazz and busking workshops at the Seacroft and Caister festivals, will cover various points of playing technique and also give individual guidance where necessary. The numbers are limited to a maximum of fifteen participants, including Adrienne, Betty, Moyra, Margaret, Dorothy, Brennan, Helen, Ged, Rob, Marj, John T, John C, John J, Diana A, and Tony.

Helen Rich @ JMO National Day of Dance 2019

Helen Rich will be accompanying the Manchester Morris Men during the JMO (Joint Morris Organisations) National Day of Dance in Manchester city centre on Saturday March 30th, 10.15am to 3.30pm, with a show dance taking place at 3.45pm; for further info email squire@medlockrapper.co.uk. There will be lots of Morris dance teams plus some clog dancers and Appalachian dancers performing at venues such as Piccadilly Gardens, St Ann’s Square, Market St, Cathedral Gardens, Spinningfields, Albert Square, King St, Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI),
Exchange Square, etc. 52 dance teams have been invited, and on the day the city centre will be awash everywhere with the sight and sounds of Morris dancers, which will be a very lively and colourful spectacle.

Woodley Methodist Church Concerts

For tickets/info about any of these concerts, telephone Phil Taylor on 0161 430 8518


**Friday March 29th, 8pm – Notability Choir concert in Woodley Methodist Church; tickets £8. Notability
is a seventeen-strong, mixed voice chamber choir whose repertoire covers a wide range of genres and styles. Whether it’s sacred or secular, serious or humorous, pop or classical, contemporary or medieval, if it’s good music, they’ll sing it! With choral arrangements of hits from the Beatles to Billy Joel, sacred and
contemporary choral classics and songs from stage and screen, there will be “something for everyone”.


**Saturday June 8th, 7.30pm – Werneth Concert Band. This concert takes place at Romiley Forum;

tickets £8. Proceeds will go to Epilepsy Action.


**Friday September (date t.b.c.) – the brilliant young classical organist Jonathon Scott in concert at
Woodley Methodist Church; tickets £9; proceeds will go to Leisure for Autism.


**Friday December 6th - Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band concert; tickets £8

NAO UK Championships

This year’s NAO UK Championships take place, April 26th to 28th, at The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. The
NAO was formed in 1949, so this is their 70th anniversary. The posters suggest an extra effort is being made.This year’s NAO UK Championships take place, April 26th to 28th, at The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. The NAO was formed in 1949, so this is their 70th anniversary. The posters suggest an extra effort is being made.



Stockport Accordion Club through the years is a high quality souvenir hardback book that tells
our club’s story, from 1937 right up to the present time. Included are numerous interesting contributions from some of our present and past members plus there are tribute articles to the club’s past and present ‘top brass’ Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Johnny Coleclough, Brian Jenkins, Peter Whiteley, Derek Stubbs, John Nixon and Walter Perrie. There are 200+ photos, including band line-up photos from the 1950s to 2017. It costs £15 + £3p/p from Rob Howard, 0161 480 8858.


This year we have lost several members and need to recruit some new players (including a bass
player). If anyone is interested in joining us we meet on Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1NF (Junction 25, M60). A basic ability to read music is necessary, and we have a varied repertoire. Feel free to come along and see what we do. We are a friendly bunch, and if you become a member you automatically receive a free copy of ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’ – who could possibly resist such an offer?!!


Phillip Watson has had his first novel - The Kirkbridge Legacy - published.
This work of fiction is a tale of intrigue and mystery in the world of motor cycle racing, and incorporates motor bikes, accordions and organs – three of Phil’s hobbies – in its story, which makes a good read. The book is available from Phil at 15 Hedge Lane, Darton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S75 5PJ for £13.50 + £3p/p; there is also a hardback edition for £25 + £3p/p


 President: Pearl Fawcett-Adriano   Past President: Johnny Coleclough Vice President: Walter Perrie Stockport Accordion Club meets on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm/9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Woodley, Stockport SK6 1NF (Junction 25 on the M60). New members or visitors are always welcome. Websites: www.stockportaccordionclub.org; Accordions Worldwide www.accordions.com


Triumphant Return of the Classic Kyiv Duo

The Classic Kyiv Duo - Igor Sayenko and Oleksiy Kolomoiets - on tour from the Ukraine, were magnificent and inspirational as our Club Night guests on July 25th. Their opening number, Widor's Toccata No 5, a tour de force usually only heard on pipe organs in churches and cathedrals, set the bar high for their programme. Highlights included the Teddy Bor novelty piece, McMozart's Eine Kleine Bricht Moonlicht Micht Musik – a clever mixture of Mozart and Scottish dance tunes, which was brilliant and funny in equal measures. Another clever and humorous item was Happy Birthday played variously in the styles of JS Bach, Johann Strauss, Haydn, Mozart, etc. There was also Franz Waxman’s virtuosic Carmen Fantasy, Flight of the Bumblebee, Sabre Dance, and much more - all performed with great technique and style. This was the duo's sixth time as our guests, and they were as amazing as always!

The concert began with a special appearance by our great friend, the redoutable Harry Hussey, who on arrival began taking requests 15 minutes before the official starting time of 7.30pm, thus functioning as his own warm-up act! Harry hasn’t been well this year, but was looking good, and playing on top form. It was marvellous to see Harry & Pat again, en route from the St Audries Bay festival in Somerset to Glasgow, via Ann Parker’s house in Preston. Thanks Ann for the chauffering.

The trio Accordion Spice, Helen Rich, and the Stockport AC Band (MDs Marj Howard and Adrienne Sharpe) all played very well indeed, complementing what was a superb and well attended concert.

There was a sad note to the evening when I announced that Gordon Glenn had died on July 8th from leukemia. In the audience was Bernard Wrigley, who appeared in an episode of the BBC TV’s Dinner Ladies with Gordon. Gordon was our Club Night guest six times between 1993 and 2008, and his silky skills and immaculate performances were eagerly anticipated and enjoyed. He also often attended our concerts, and became a good friend. Gordon gave up playing professionally some years ago when his late wife Kay, a former actress, developed Alzheimer’s and he then spent most of his time visiting her every day in her care home. During this period Gordon met up once a week with John Baranek, Eddie Iddon and the late Tommy Scruton to play music, which did a lot to help keep him going. R.I.P.


Gordon Glenn (1927-2018)

Gordon Glenn, for several decades one of Britain’s finest full-time professional accordionists, passed away in Preston, Lancashire, at the age of 91. His career began in the early 1950s, and he was at that time closely associated with Adrian Dante and the British Association of Accordionists. Gordon was a contemporary and friend of the likes of the 1953 CMA World Champion James Reavey, Gerald Crossman, George Scott-Wood, Francis Wright, Albert Delroy, The Alexander Brothers, and the classical piano duo Rawicz & Landauer, with whom he worked many times. He was a veteran of variety theatres, shows, cabaret clubs and cruise liners, and also appeared at many accordion clubs and festivals. Gordon was an advocate of the acoustic, stradella bass piano accordion, and his preferred instrument makes were Settimio Soprani (Artist V1), Sonola, and Bugari. He was mainly a solo musician whose only gimmick was his talent, and his expressive, smooth and classy style together with his wide repertoire of standards, light classics and accordion specialities made him popular wherever he appeared.


Gordon’s music took him to many countries over the years, and especially memorable highlights of his travels include visiting the Pyramids in Egypt, Field Marshall Rommel’s HQ in Tunisia, and the huge war graves cemeteries in North Africa – the latter making a lasting impression on him. Apart from music, Gordon also worked as a TV ‘extra’, appearing in all kinds of programmes, such as Channel 4’s Brookside where he was the foreman of the jury during the ‘Jordache trial’ episodes and the 1990s ITV drama Boon. Most notably, he appeared in the first episode of the BBC comedy series Dinner Ladies, in a speaking role as Victoria Wood’s grandfather, and also playing the accordion. Discography: ‘Moments of Musical Reflections’ (1995)

Club News

Stockport Accordion Club through the years is a high quality hardback that tells our club’s story, from 1937 right up to the present time. I wrote the section about the club’s history, plus there are many interesting and autobiographical articles from some of our present and past members. There are 200+ photos, including band line-up photos from the 1950s to 2017, and the book is a fine souvenir of our club’s history. It costs £15 + £3p/p from Rob Howard (email robaccord5@hotmail.com).

Phillip Watson has just had his first novel - The Kirkbridge Legacy - published. This work of fiction is a tale of intrigue and mystery in the world of motor cycle racing, and incorporates motor bikes, accordions and organs – three of Phil’s hobbies – in its story, which makes a good read. The book is available from Phil at 15 Hedge Lane, Darton, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S75 5PJ for £13.50 + £3p/p; there is also a hardback edition for £25 + £3p/p.

Until this year our band membership has been remarkably stable ever since Clifford Wood formed the present club in June 1987, with a playing membership of somewhere between 20 to 30 players, and if somebody left it wasn’t long before they were replaced by a new member. This year, for various reasons, we have lost several members and need to recruit some new players (including a bass player). If any of you are interested in joining us we meet on Wednesday evenings, 7.30-9.30pm, at Woodley Methodist Church, Chapel St, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 1NF (Junction 25, M60). A basic ability to read music is necessary, and we have a varied and developing repertoire. Feel free to come along and see what we do, or contact me. We are actually quite a sociable bunch, and if you become a member you automatically receive a free copy of ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’, so how’s that for an offer?

Accordion Anthology


I wrote Accordion Anthology last year as a belated sequel to the earlier ‘An A to Z of the Accordion’ series. The Accordion Anthology is similar in writing style and content, but is near A4 page sized, most of the 320 photographs are in colour, and this book includes some unique autobiographical articles. The articles include Getting to Know the Accordion, Making a start, Accordion Tips and Hints (Steve Roxton), Be a Better Player (Rosemary Wright), Use of the Couplers (James Sexton), Playing For Others (Rosemary Wright), The Ken Hopkins Collection, Evolution of the Accordion, Manfrini Accordions, The Accordion Concerto, The Accordion and Pop Music, Accordion Dynasties, Tales & Trivia, Polka and the Accordion, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, etc. The autobiographical contributions are from Jack Emblow, David Vernon, Freeland Barbour, Gordon Pattullo, John Jones MBE, Paul Chamberlain, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Stewart Walker, and myself. Biographies include André Verchuren, Brandon McPhee, Classic Kyiv Duo, Ksenija Sidorova, Martynas Levickis, Gervasio Marcosignori, John Leslie, Eddie Hession, Amanda Robinson, Dawn Loombe, Helen Maher, Helen Rich, Malachy Cairns, Michael Coyne, Joe Cooley, William Hannah, and more. Accordion Anthology is a high quality hardback - the ideal Christmas or birthday present for any accordion enthusiast!
The book costs £15 + £3p/p (UK), from Rob Howard. (Total overseas prices: EU – 27 Euro, USA/Canada - $37). Paypal accepted, and is especially preferred for overseas transactions as it obviates high bank charges. For further details contact me on (0161) 480 8858; email: robaccord5@hotmail.com

 

Stockport Accordion Club through the years


2017 is the 30th year since Clifford Wood reformed his band in 1987 that evolved into the present club, and the 80th year since the original club was formed in October 1937. To celebrate these anniversaries a brand new version of Stockport Accordion Club through the years has been published. This is an expanded, revised and updated version that supersedes the book that was published nine years ago. I have written the main text, and there are also interesting contributions from Pearl Fawcett-Adriano (Preface), Adrienne Sharpe (Adrienne meets up with Roy & Dot Hamlet, That first night at the Hollywood, Playing on Club Night), Dorothy Brincat (Alternative Talents), Graham Bullough (Memories of SAC), John Curvis (It’s in the blood), Chris Green (Looking back…), Rob Howard (Clifford Wood 1921-2002, Stuart Thomas Remembered, Some memories of the CWAO, Rob looks back at the Club Nights, The French Connection), John Jones MBE (The Accordion and Me, John Jones tells about the day he went to Buckingham Palace), Tony Marchell (Memories of Cliff Wood), Kevin Munster (Remembering the 1950s), John Nixon (John Nixon reflects…), Derek Pritchard (Derek Pritchard’s Accordion Origins), Wendy Ryan (The Ryan Family), John Trigg (Trip Down Memory Lane, Christmas Party Time Again!), and Brennan Wilson (Performance nerves). The book includes articles about the club’s recent Musical Directors Clifford Wood, Peter Whiteley, Brian Jenkins and Derek Stubbs, President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Vice Presidents John Nixon and Walter Perrie, and former President Johnny Coleclough.


Published as a near A4 sized hardback, it costs £15 + £3p/p from Rob Howard, email robaccord5@hotmail.com. This limited edition souvenir book, a high quality hardback, includes over 200 photographs, including several accordion band line-up photos from the 1950s to 2017.


Jack Emblow comments: “You don’t have to live in the Stockport area to appreciate Rob Howard’s ‘Stockport Accordion Club through the years’. Packed with interesting and entertaining features, it will be enjoyed by accordion enthusiasts everywhere. Written in Rob’s amusing and readable style, and with lots of fine quality pictures, it is a worthy addition to his excellent series of accordion related books. Well done Rob!”

 

Accordion teachers


Accordion teachers: Craig Bradley (Sale) – chromatic button, piano accordion or piano, 0161 972 0248; Tony Watterson (Didsbury) – piano accordion, keyboard and guitar; telephone 0161 434 1933; email: tony.watterson@virginmedia.com; Stefan Andrusyschyn (Alsager) – button/piano accordion or piano, 07958261024; George Garside (Anglesey) – melodeons, 2-row BC button, chromatic button and piano accordion, 01248 852 506; Pauline Hardwick (Staffs) 01782 397248 – piano accordion & piano; Damian Kujawski (Rochdale) – B system button or piano accordion, mobile: 7517 479473 or email: naimad1980@wp.pl; Helen Maher (Liverpool) – piano and piano accordion 07974 426909; email helen@helenmaher.com; Marina Berg (Ormskirk) – piano accordion; tel 01744 894752. If you know of other accordion teachers in our area please will you let me know. The accordion needs more teachers.


Our Local Accordion Dealer


     Our local accordion dealer is The Accordion Shop, 54 Drake Street, Rochdale OL16 1NZ (now can be reached directly by Metrolink, closed on Tuesday & Sunday). The manager is Pete McCoye, and the shop offers a wide range of new and pre-owned accordions of various makes, plus pianos and electronic organs. New instruments in stock include the recently introduced Roland FR4, Paolo Soprani Super double cassotto, and a Cooperativa 96 bass in a 72 bass body model. Also available are new Paolo Soprani models in 96, 72 and 60 bass configurations. Tel 01706 658283; website theaccordionshop.co.uk


 Accordion Technician


For any kind of accordion, melodeon or concertina repairs or restorations (including electronic or MIDI), tunings, conversions, etc, telephone Cheshire-based Roy Whiteley on 01565 723 080 or email rw@rdcontrols.fsnet.co.uk; website: www.accordionmagic.com

Pearl Fawcett-Adriano CDs

Rob now has a small stock of Pearl’s CDs. These cost £10 + £1p/p (UK) each. Those of you who have seen Pearl in concert will not need telling what a brilliant and highly individual accordionist she is, and those who haven’t yet heard Pearl are surely in for a rare treat. There is also a compilation double CD of archive recordings by the late, great Gervasio Marcosignori.

The CDs are:

Pearl – The Jewel of the Accordion – tracks: Granada, O Sole Mio, Ciribiribin – Variations, Caravan, Carmen, Autumn Leaves, Fossettes, Begin the Beguine, Hejre Kati, Lambeth Polka, Sleepy Blues, Tico Tico

Accordion Tapestry – tracks: Marriage of Figaro Overture (Mozart), Badinerie (JS Bach), William Tell Overture (Rossini), Minuet From Berenice (Handel), Hungarian Dance No. 5 (Brahms), Scherzetto (Thomas Pitfield), Dance Of The Comedians (Smetana), Durand's First Waltz, Allegro (JH Fiocco), Dance Of The Hours (Ponchielli), Turkish March (Mozart), Prelude (Handel) Musette Parisienne – tracks: Caravelle, Piccolina Polka, Le Poussin, Tinarella, Douce Souvenance, Perlina, Musette Parisienne, Clockwork Polka, Letizia, Tippi, Silhouettes De Paris, Geraldina


Allegria Continentale – tracks: Musette Parisienne (A. Dante), The Barber of Seville (Rossini), Toledo Adios (Beltrami Wolmer), Frosinetta (Pearl Fawcett), Dantesque (C. Morbidelli), Caravelle (A. Dante), Baroque Italienne (Pearl Adriano), Tarantella Boogie (Kramer & Wolmer), A Thousand And One Nights (J. Strauss), Paso Doble in A (A. Franceschini), Piccolina Polka (A. Dante)

Ettore Fantasia – tracks: Musette Polka, Tarantella Abruzzese, Amelia, Schools Out, Bambi Samba, Spanish Holiday, Bass'n Boogie, Polketta, Butterfly Fantasy, Samba Polka, Junos, Fuggi Polka, La Rondinella, Ettore's Etude (All tracks composed by Eugene Ettore)

Music on the Move – tracks: Tarantella, Slow, Tango, Slow, Mazurka, Medium, Blues, Quick ¾, Smooth, Boogie

Viva Frosini – tracks: Bel Viso, Cubanola, Bats at Sunset, Trix, Hungarian Fantasy, Bel Fiore, Panama Exposition, Golden Slippers, Robins at Sunrise, Flirtation, E Pur Ti Amo, Spic and Span

Pearl Adriano – tracks: Restless Fingers, Accordion Merry-Go-Round, Tea for Two, El Choclo Fantasia, Nocturne of Love, Romeo & Juliet Overture, Granada, Quick Silver, Romanza Bella, La Donna E Mobile Variations, Meadowlands, Legend of the Glass Mountain

Virtuosissimi – tracks by Pearl: The Thieving Magpie Overture, La Cumparsita, Carnival of Venice Variations, Drigo's Serenade, Spic and Span; tracks by Yuri Kazakov: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, Ukrainian Folk Song, The Musical Box, Russian Comic Dancing Song, Ballet of the Chicks in their Shells, Northern Folk Tunes

Viva Marcosignori - a double CD compilation of archive recordings by Gervasio Marcosignori

Disc 1: Tapestry, Migliavacca, Preludio, Carnival of Venice, Bel Viso, Czardas, Mannequins, Babo, Irish Medley, Hawaiian Lullaby, Mosaico Espanol, Musetta, Dizzy Fingers, Mascherata, Corale, Strauss Medley, Notturno Blu, French Medley

Disc 2: Tamboo, Soir de Paris, Acquarelli Cubani, Italian Medley, Dark Eyes, El Caballero, Fileuse, Pupazetti, Scottish Medley, Danza Orientale, Flight of the Bumble Bee, Moine, Dantesque, Souvenir D’Hawaii, Balletomania, Safari Fiesta, Carillon, Somersault Polka


 Souvenir Book

To help celebrate our 30th and 80th anniversaries a new limited edition version of the book 'Stockport Accordion Club through the years' will be published in September. This is an expanded, revised and updated version that supersedes the book that was published nine years ago, telling the story of our club whose origins go back to 1937, with many new articles and memories written by current and past members, plus lots of photos. It is – if I say so myself – a most interesting, fascinating and humorous read. Published as a hardback, it costs £15 + £3p/p from Rob Howard, 42 Avondale Rd, Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 9NY. It will be available at our concert on October 18th or any Wednesday evening at our band practices. Still available are my books Accordion Anthology and the earlier four volume series of An A to Z of the Accordion. The Accordion Anthology costs £15 + £3p/p, and the A to Z books cost £10 each, post free in the UK. Vintage Accordions and Accordion: A Pictorial History are now both sold out.


Stockport Accordion Club's President, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano

This track is from a CD of accordion music played the Stockport Accordion Club's President, Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, called "Accordion Tapestry".

Brahms Hungarian Dance number 5.mp3

 

Stockport AC President Pearl Fawcett-Adriano is a virtuoso accordionist of international renown.

After becoming the CMA World Junior Champion and CMA World Champion, Pearl went on to become one of the world’s foremost professional accordionists, and was the very first accordionist from any Western country to appear on concert stages in the USSR. Pearl has appeared on radio and TV many times, and has numerous compositions and recordings to her credit. 

All CDs and MAP Editions music are available via Trevani: www.trevani.co.uk

CDs

Accordion Tapestry – popular classics

Musette Parisienne – Continental music in the musette style

Virtuosissimi solo performances by Pearl and Russia’s Yuri Kazakov

Music on the Move strict tempo dance music on accordion and piano

Les Mélodies ContinentalesContinental-style music

Viva Frosini! - the compositions of Pietro Frosini  

The Two Great Pietros - the compositions of Pietro Deiro and Pietro Frosini

Pearl Adriano - International Musician – selections on piano and accordion 

Ettore Fantasia - the compositions of Eugene Ettore 

Allegria Continentale - a mixture of Continental and classics

 

Pearl – The Jewel of the Accordion - her most recent CD - includes GranadaO Sole MioCiribiribinCaravanCarmen SelectionAutumn LeavesFossettesBegin the BeguineHejre KatiLambeth PolkaSleepy Blues and Tico Tico. As with all of Pearl’s recordings, her playing is brilliant and meticulous, and this recording is further enhanced by crystal clear studio sound quality.

MAP Editions

 Trevani (www.trevani.co.uk) has sole distribution rights to the MAP Editions sheet music catalogue, which includes a large number of pieces for solo and duet accordion, ensemble arrangements, and some music albums. Contact Trevani on 020 8656 1450; email music@trevani.co.uk

 

 

 

BOOKS BY ROB HOWARD