Our September Concert

Our September concert started with John Lennox playing Padam Padam, La vie En Rose, If You Love Me and L’Accordeoniste. Our next player was Bill Agnew playing Perfidia, Happy Days and Lonely Nights, Isle Of Capri and Que Sera Sera. Bernard Belshaw then took to the stage playing his Acoustic Serenellini, Bernard played Face the Music and Dance, This Is My Song, Funiculi Funicula, Overhead The Moon Is Shining, Ave Maria and Blaze Away. It was now time for our guest artists Tom Cowing and Cynthia MacKenzie to start their first half with To The Stars and Irish Whispers. After a short chat with the audience they continued with The Harry Lime Theme followed by the Jigs Teviot Brig, Jeanies Blue’En, Mrs Grays Bowie and The Ayleth Tattie Pickers. The music continued with Wunderbar, No Two People, Copelia, All Over The Place, Pipes Of Pain, Over My Shoulder, Hansel and Gretel, Spread A Little Happiness, Brindisi, La Bella Magarita, Country Dance, Pedro The Fisherman, Wunderbar, Whistling Moze, Janet Polka, Veleta and March Punchenello.It was now time for the break and as usual a lot of chat went on during this time. After the break we continued with Bernard Bamber playing Country Roads, Put Another Nickel In, Lily Of Larguna, Roll Out The Barrel, Putting on The Style and My Old Man’s A Dustman. The music continued with Norman McLaren playing South Winds, Four Green Fields, Plaisir D’Amour and Under The Bridges Of Paris. While Tom and Cynthia set up on the stage behind me I played Cuckoo Waltz. I then left the stage for Tom and Cynthia to start their second half, they played Pendine, Impudence, Start Of The Country Down, Rose of Moon Coin, Kerry Dance, Isle Of Innisfree, Phil The Fluters Ball, Green Glens Of Antrim, Larry O’Gaff, Londonderry Air, Peter Street, Irish Washerwoman, Listen To The Band, Boston Two Step and Parade Of The Tin Soldiers. To Finish the night Tom invited other players to join them for a Stramash, they played Lassie From Lancashire, My Girls A Yorkshire girl, I Belong To Glasgow, D’ye Ken John Peel, On Ikley Ba’ht At, Keep Right On To The End Of The Road and Auld Lang Syne. As promised it had been a good night with Tom and Cynthia, we finally left the place at 11.45pm as Tom drove back to Hexham. It was good of Tom to play for us despite the long drive, I know it was appreciated by the audience.

David Batty


This Wednesday

This Wednesday is our Local Players Concert. This is a chance for players to take to the stage and entertain, it is also a chance for the audience to enjoy the performance and progress made by our local players. It is great to see players of all abilities playing on the stage. We all support anyone who makes a mistake and we enjoy seeing the progress made over time as players slowly gain more confidence and an increased repertoire. The Doors open at 7.30 for an 8pm start. If you get there early you can have a good chat with other people prior to the start of the club. If you see someone you haven’t met before then please say hello to them, they will probably be quite pleased that someone came over to speak to them. Remember, if you have an accordion, sheet music or anything accordion related to sell then our concert nights are an ideal night to bring them along and possibly make a sale. See you there…


V-Accordion Demonstration

On 1st of November 2011 J G Windows, a music shop in Newcastle are hosting a Roland V-Accordion event in their Newcastle city centre branch. The event will feature demonstrations on the full range of Roland Virtual accordions in the morning, followed in the afternoon by 1 to 1 tuition/demos with Marco Cinaglia, these must be booked in advance. Marco is Roland’s product manager for V accordions in Italy, and ran the team that developed the V accordion range in 2004. For More informationn contact Tom Barton on 0191 232 1356.


Christmas Tunes

It is now time to start learning christmas tunes or dusting off those you already know. Our Christmas concert is only 60 days away, this gives you a good 8 weeks to practice for the concert and to be accomplished should anyone ask you to play carols elsewhere.


Sir Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth has finally been dubbed “Sir Bruce” by the Queen this week, ­ he gently reminded Her ­Majesty how long he had been in light entertainment. “I told her that I will have been in the business for 70 years next year,” Sir Bruce confided afterwards. “She looked at me in astonishment and said: ‘Seventy? Goodness, how old were you when you started?’ “I was 14, Ma’am,’ I told her. ‘Been in the business since the war.’ I think she was rather taken aback.” It’s hardly surprising. While it might seem that Sir Bruce has been tapping his toes and saying “nice to see you, to see you… NICE” for ever, 70 years is an astonishing amount of time to have survived in any industry let alone the fickle world of showbusiness. In Bruce’s case, he began in the early Forties with a song, dance and accordion act called Boy Bruce, The Mighty Atom, his first appearance being at the Theatre Royal, Bilston, where The Great Marzo topped the bill. Quite how Forsyth has enjoyed such longevity might seem hard to pin down but the man himself has already given his own opinion on the matter. “I owe everything to variety, to standing on a stage on your own, ­ trying to make people laugh,” he told Michael Grade on his recent TV series The Story Of Variety and it’s true that Brucie was part of a whole plethora of performers – such as Max Miller, Bob Monkhouse, Eric Sykes, Tommy Cooper and Morecambe and Wise – who came up through the ­variety hall tradition and still dominated the showbusiness world decades later. “The thing about variety was that it taught you hard work,” says Louis Barfe, author of Turned Out Nice: The Story Of British Light Entertainment. “You’ve got to remember that when you look back to the Forties, entertainment was very different. Every reasonably sized town had a variety theatre and the bigger ones had two or three. “People would go out and get a fish and chip supper and then go along to the variety hall for their weekly treat. There were so many shows going on and so many theatres and an unbelievable amount of talent floating around. Performers were expected to do two or three shows a night, six days a week and then spend Sunday travelling to their next venue – from, say, Plymouth to Glasgow.!”


Young Musician of Guild 2012 Competition

Organisers of the Preston based Harris Charity have put a call out for young people to start practising for what promises to be one of the largest musical events of Preston Guild 2012 – The Harris Charity Young Musicians of the Guild 2012 competition. The competition was launched at Preston Minster, where more than 150 civic leaders, head and music teachers and local dignitaries gathered to listen to examples of music that would be heard. The event is sponsored by Booths, whose boss Edwin Booth is also the chairman of the Harris Charity sub committee, which supports young people in Lancashire in education, arts, sport and training. He said: ‘The last time the competition ran was in 1992, when the winner was Jason Ridgeway. He went on to be a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and is now a very successful pianist. We are delighted once again to be part of this wonderful competition.’ The competition is in 3 stages: The Young Musician Instrumental, open to under 21s who normally and permanently reside in Lancashire. Entrants should have reached a minimum standard of Grade six with merit or distinction. The classes are piano, strings, woodwind, brass and percussion The Youth and Senior School Choirs and Children’s and Primary School Choirs competitions are open to choirs from within an 11 mile radius of Preston and in the PR postcode area. The young singers competitions are also open to young soloists from within an 11 mile radius of Preston and in the PR postcode area. Rounds for the competitions start in September and November 2011 with the finals taking place at the Guild Hall (28 April 2012 for the choirs and singers; and 30th June 2012 for the Young Musicians). The individual finalists will perform a concerto with the Lancashire Student’s Symphony Orchestra. First prize is £2,000 and a trophy to the winner of the Young Musician of the Guild and £1,000 and a trophy to the winning choir. There will also be further prizes of £300 to the runners up in each of the classes and additional prizes of £100 to those who have shown exceptional promise during the earlier rounds. Secretary of the Harris Charity Peter Metcalf, said: “We are giving plenty of notice hoping many individual players, schools and youth choirs will enter the competitions. ‘We want to encourage young musicians to take part. The trustees are, with the help of Booths, hoping the musicians and choirs’ events will make a significant contribution to Preston’s forthcoming Guild.’ For competition details www.theharrischarity.co.uk


2012 Membership

We have no plans to increase the membership fee, it will stay at £5 for the year, this gets you this newsletter and a £1 discount on admission on concert nights. You can pay your membership on the door anytime from now until January. Please let your friends or family know about us, as you know they are welcome to come along even if they are not musical, around 50% of club members are not muscians so they don’t need to worry about not being a musician when they come along. The club is a social club based around a musical instrument. While other clubs are closing lets see if we can promote Leyland Accordion Club and increase our membership. We have had some fantastic artists at the club this year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have supported our guest artist nights and our local players concerts.


Lancashire Accordion

Lancashire Holdings Limited (“Lancashire”) has today announced that it will launch Accordion Reinsurance Limited (“Accordion”). This is a 230 million pound Insurance ‘something’ that has a rather confusing name. People looking for this organisation on the Internet are going to find Leyland Accordion Club in Lancashire. Who is going to get the top spots on Google, are accordionists going to be found before this large organisation? I think they could have picked a better name, one that would not confuse them with all the talented individuals who partake of making music and entertaining people. We don’t want to be confused with Insurance !