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Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter November/December 2018


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


Our annual concert in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice 

Broken Cross 2018


Stockport Accordion Club’s big annual charity fund raising concert, organised by John Jones MBE, takes place on Friday December 7th, 7.45pm, at the Broken Cross Club, Macclesfield, SK11 8TU. This year’s line-up includes the Stockport Accordion Band, Walter Perrie, Helen Rich, the club’s Accordion Spice and Scottish Quartet, and the amazing and inimitable Pearl Fawcett-Adriano (left). We have been doing this concert since 1999 and each and every one has been a special occasion. I can promise you that yet another brilliant evening of accordion entertainment is in prospect, and it’s all in a very good cause. All proceeds are in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice. Tickets are £8, and available from John Jones on 07871 767708. All are welcome.

Woodley Methodist Church's 150th Anniversary Event

Six members of Stockport Accordion Club had a great time performing a half-hour set during Woodley Methodist Church's 150th anniversary weekend event on Saturday September 29th. Left to right in the picture are Marj Howard, Norbert Normile, John Curvis, Rob Howard, Betty Molloy and Diana Tong. Our set included Alexander's Ragtime Band, Blue Danube, Moonlight Serenade, Bavarian Drinking Songs, Vienna City of my Dreams, Black Forest Polka, The Dark Island, Amapola, Waltzes from the North, and My Way. We all enjoyed ourselves and made some new friends along the way, including a man who is keen to buy and learn the accordion and a gentleman from India who plays the accordion plus other instruments. He took lots of photos and videos of us, and returned home to India the next day, promising to introduce us to all his friends. Could Stockport AC be en route to Mumbai for a gig?


Other Club News

Helen Rich will be again guesting with the Bradford Accordion Band on November 10th at the Bradford Ukrainian Club. Helen played with the BAB at a sell-out concert in Bingley on September 29th.

Remembrance Day event – club member Moira Hague will be playing 'When the Battle’s O’er' on the Northumbrian pipes at 6am on Sunday November 11th along with pipers, bell ringers, trumpeters and buglers all around the country to mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, along with paying tribute to the millions that lost their lives. Following the event, those taking part will be able to download the special certificate that they can then frame as a permanent reminder of their involvement.

Rob Howard will be playing a Beaujolais Evening at the Church Inn, Cheadle Hulme, on November 15th, 6pm, and at the Beechwood Cancer Care annual Christmas Fair on Saturday November 24th, 12 to 3pm.

On Tuesday December 18th, 7-9pm, Rob Howard & John Jones will be back once again playing war songs and Christmas music at the Stockport Air Raid Shelters. The evening begins with a conducted tour at 7pm, followed by refreshments and a sing-song at 8pm with the accordionists. Tour guide Roger usually adds in a couple of George Formby songs on his ukulele, and the whole thing is all rather jolly and seasonal. To book telephone the Shelters on 0161 474 1940.

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.


The Black Park Accordion Club meets every third Friday of the month at the old Chapel, near Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5BB (very close to McDonald's off the A483 Halton roundabout). SAC Chairman Brennan Wilson dropped in recently, and says: “I was in North Wales the weekend before last and happened to see a poster for Black Park Accordion Club, so I toted my box off to a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of Chirk. They meet in one end of a disused Methodist church (funny, that). A total of two regular members turned up so we had plenty of time to get to know each other! One of the ladies was a research engineer. Among other things, she had investigated the passage of soot through motorcar exhausts. If you think about it, it’s an important job. The other lady had bought an old accordion to use as a decoration at home, and only taken it off the shelf to show her children a good example when she wanted them to learn an instrument. Apparently Black Park is the only accordion club in North Wales. I said that I supposed the next nearest club must be at Chester. They were scandalised. ‘That isn’t Wales!’ Surprisingly, we also had an audience of two – a middle-aged and an elderly gentleman explained that they had once played an accordion but hadn’t touched their instruments for years. They brought them along to show us. To judge from my reading of Rob’s book on the history of the accordion, I should say that one of them was manufactured in the 1930s and the other in the 1950s, and they both leaked like sieves. In the meantime, we three players squeezed away at duets of the French waltzes that Leo and I used to play in our community café. This, after all, is one of the best things about an accordion: it’s such a good way to make new friends.”



Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter September/October 2018

Priano. Past Preside

 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)


Dates for your diaries include:

* September 13th to 17th –Seacroft 2018 accordion festival, Hemsby, Norfolk

* September 21st, 7.30pm, Nigel Ogden, of BBC’s The Organist Entertains fame, is in concert at Woodley Methodist Church. Tickets £9 each - phone (0161) 430 8518.

* September 29th - Stockport AC performs from 11am to 11.30am at Woodley Methodist Church during the church’s 150th celebrations. The church will present an exhibition of all sorts of historical memorabilia.

* September 29th, 7.30pm – Bradford Accordion Band (including Helen Rich) charity concert at the Bingley Arts Centre; box office: 01274 567983 (opening hours are 11am to 4pm, Monday-Friday)

* September 22nd - Michael Coyne, the accordionist and singer from Liverpool, is the guest at the English Martyrs Club, Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8GF

* October 13th, 8pm – John Kirkpatrick & Martin Carthy concert at Mottram Village Hall, SK10 4QP

* October 31st. 7.30pm – Club Night with Roy Hendrie & Dave Morrice, Woodley Methodist Church

* November 2nd/5th – Midland Accordion Festival, Quality Hotel, Dudley

* December 7th – Stockport AC @ Broken Cross Club, Macclesfield, in aid of the East Cheshire Hospice

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?

Stockport Accordion Club Newsletter July/August 2018

Looking back to 1988…

It is now 30 years since I started writing these newsletters, with the very first one appearing in the summer of 1988 (can’t remember the month, and I didn’t keep a copy. Does anybody have one?). This came about because Clifford Wood had recently accepted responsibility for organising the first North West/North Central Area Accordion Festival at Stockport Town Hall on behalf of the NAO (National Accordion Organisation). Cliff wanted to keep our playing members and followers updated about what was happening, and he asked me…and here we are today, 30 years on! The picture above shows us in early 1988, with Cliff in the centre on the back row. There are just four of us in this photo who are still part of the club: Adrienne Sharpe, John Curvis, Marj and myself. The first NAO North West/North Central Festival took place on Sunday September 4th 1988, and was a real challenge for Clifford Wood and the members of Stockport AC to organise. The Greater Manchester area had not seen an accordion event on anything like this scale since the prewar North West Festivals held at Belle Vue until 1939. Most of us had never previously been involved in organising music festivals, but what we lacked in experience we certainly made up for with energy and enthusiasm. We had over 200 competition entries, including several accordion orchestras, and on the day people came in large numbers from far and wide to enjoy what proved to be a magnificent event and a wonderful advertisement for the accordion. The G & B Laurie Accordion School from Paisley brought down several coach loads of orchestras and supporters, who made their presence felt by looking resplendent in their tartan and winning the majority of prizes. There was a buzz and excitement as the day unfolded, and the club members were busy all the time doing jobs. I was one of the room announcers, and others were stage and room announcers, adjudicators’ clerks, taking paperwork and messages around the building, collating results in the council chamber, manning the cloakrooms and refreshments, organising the very large trade show, etc. It really was all hands to the pumps! Many new friendships were forged on that day, including John Nixon and Harry Hussey. John Nixon  and Walter Perrie  – both later to become club Vice Presidents – made their first acquaintance with Stockport AC on that day, beginning long and happy relationships with our club. The work behind the scenes, both beforehand and on the day itself, was immense and very time consuming, but the teamwork we had ensured that the festival went well and the competitions ran (mostly) to time. The prizes were presented by Alice Swindells, the 1936 All Britain Advanced Champion, and the evening concert compere was Eamonn O’Neal, from BBC Radio Manchester, who – on witnessing the sheer number of prizes won by the Scots – informed the audience that “Now I know why Hadrian built his wall!”. The evening concert took place before a packed audience, starring Jack Emblow, with others performing included the Clifford Wood Accordion Orchestra, the Lally School of Irish Dancing (accompanied by Eamonn O’Neal on the Elkavox), Stockport Stagesound, Stockport Ukrainian Dancers, Stockport Silver Band, and Gina & Romany Rye. It turned out that there were too many acts on the bill, the show went on for far too long, and Jack Emblow  was restricted to a mere 15 minutes, which was a disappointment for many. That apart, the day as a whole had been a huge success, and was a credit to Cliff’s vision and leadership. Stockport Accordion Club continued to organise this NAO area festival annually until 1995, when Clifford Wood  left the club and opted to run the festival with a new team. In 1997 the festival moved to Dukinfield Town Hall, and came under the organisation of Betty Pollard and her Tameside Juniors Accordion Band team.

Johnny Coleclough checks in…

As I was writing this newsletter the phone rang, and it was Johnny Coleclough, who has just moved into a bungalow in Blackpool with Phyllis after living for seven years in northern Spain. We chatted for ages, reminiscing about times past. Johnny told me about a time he went on Heather Smith’s trip to Castelfidardo, Italy, and the group visited the Dallape factory. The top Italian accordionist Pino Di Modugno  gave a demonstration, and Heather Smith also did a spot. Johnny watched sitting next to an elderly and disabled lady from Chicago, who informed him that she had a franchise for selling Dallape accordions. When the demonstration finished she suggested that Johnny should play next, and when he declined she persisted until he agreed. Wearing an accordion, Johnny wondered what he could possibly play to follow the previous players, who both did brilliant spots. Suddenly it came to him to play Chicago, and to his surprise the lady then got up and started dancing, and moments later Pino Di Modugno joined in with Johnny, who thought that it just can’t get any better than this! Johnny’s first acquaintance with Stockport AC was on February 6th 1990 when he attended our very first Club Night concert, held at The Hollywood in Edgeley, which was then our club’s base. He became Vice President in 1994, and was President from 1996 to 2011. If any of you want to contact Johnny Coleclough, his contact details are: phone 01253 440083; email johncoleclough@yahoo.co.uk



Stockport AC authors!!

Still on the nostalgia trail, Stockport Accordion Club through the years is available from me. This limited edition hardback tells our club’s story, from 1937 right up to the present time, and is in a sense a history of the accordion in our area. I wrote the section that tells the club’s history (which took a lot of time to research), and also included are many interesting autobiographical articles from some of our present and past members. There are well over 200 photos, including various band line-up photos from the 1950s to 2017, and the book is a fine souvenir of our club’s past and present times. It costs £15 + £3p/p (UK) from Rob Howard, email: robaccord5@hotmail.com. Paypal is available, even if you are not a Paypal member.

I am no longer the only author in Stockport Accordion Club as Phillip Watson has recently 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.


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