A group of us – Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, Helen Rich, Rob & Marj Howard, John Jones, Moira Hague, Walter Perrie, John Higham – attended Bradford Accordion Band’s Summer Concert on June 24th at the Dubrovnik Hotel in Bradford. Performing were the Bradford Accordion Band (MD Anita Basic), their quintet Note-able Accordion Ensemble, and soloists Anna Leskela, Helen Rich and Pearl Fawcett-Adriano, the latter two very capably representing Stockport AC. This was a superb concert, with great performances all round, and the evening was a marvellous advert for the accordion. The Bradford Band began with Te Deum(Charpentier), and ended with We are the champions, the 1980s Queen hit song, with the Trumpet Voluntary (Jeremiah Clarke), which I’ve never heard as a band piece, as an encore.
Pearl (right) was her usual brilliant self, performing Dance of the Comedians, Fossettes, O Sole Mio, and Ciribiribin, with style and virtuosity.
The Note-able Accordion Ensemble performed Serenata (Leroy Anderson), Pavanne (Faure), and Violentango (Piazzolla) with excellent timing and style.
Helen Rich gave classy renditions of Marcia (G. Deiro), At a Loose End(Rich), Hungarian Dance No 4 (Brahms), and Golden Slippers (Frosini).
Anna Leskela, originally from Finland, performed Prelude & Fugue in B Minor(JS Bach), Sonata in C Sharp Minor (Scarlatti), and Gypsy Inspiration(Pihlajamaa), with a virtuosity that marked her out as a young accordionist to watch out for. The concert attracted a full house, and it was great to meet up again with friends I haven’t seen for while such as George Syrett & Sue, Alma Painter, Raymond Jones, and former Stockport AC member John Colley, now playing with the Bradford AB. This concert replaced our proposed visit to the Bradford Accordion Band, which was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, and alas a lost opportunity.