Accordion Sensations available to Pre-Order

Paul’s new CD ‘Accordion Sensations‘ is now available to Pre-Order

Paul’s latest album ‘Accordion Sensations’ will be released on 1st July. The repertoire includes Scarlatti, Weber, Zolotariev and Piazzolla, and also features the Maxwell Quartet and violinist Feargus Hetherington.

Accordion Sensations - Paul Chamberlain - Released 1st July 2014

Accordion Sensations – Paul Chamberlain – Released 1st July 2014

Track Listing - Accordion Sensations

Track Listing – Accordion Sensations

Repertoire

Konzertstück in F minor – Carl Maria von Weber  

I – Larghetto affetuoso

II –  Allegro passionato

III – Tempo di marcia

IV – Presto giocoso

Sonata in F# minor – K25 Domenico Scarlatti 

Sonata in G major – K455 Domenico Scarlatti 

Tango Sensations – Astor Piazzolla 

Asleep

Loving

Fear   

Sonata No 2 – Vladislav Zolotariev

I – Allegro ingenuo

II – Adagio tranquillo molto

III – Vivacissimo con spirito

Le Grand Tango – Astor Piazzolla

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‘Accordion Sensations’ CD Launch and Summer Concert Tour

‘The Accordionist’ Paul Chamberlain, is heading off on a grand tour of the UK this summer. Paul’s flair for his unique instrument has seen him perform to highly engaged audiences across the UK as well as releasing his debut disc ‘The Classical Accordion’ in 2011 to great acclaim. His latest CD is to be released on 1st July and sees varied repertoire from Weber, Piazzolla, Scarlatti and Zolatariev. Last year saw Paul perform around the UK, where he enjoyed his Bridgewater Hall debut with a solo recital as part of the long-established Manchester Mid-Day concert series, and abroad in California.

Paul is passionate about the accordion and its place on the classical stage, writing for Gramophone, Paul commented: ‘I believe that the accordion has an exciting future not only as a solo instrument, but also in chamber ensembles. The accordion opens up an interesting multi-textural sound world to composers and I have plans for a future project that focuses on creating new chamber repertoire for the instrument.’

Accordion Sensations - Paul Chamberlain - Released 1st July 2014

Accordion Sensations – Paul Chamberlain – Released 1st July 2014

Track Listing - Accordion Sensations

Track Listing – Accordion Sensations

Paul has just announced his Summer 2014 tour to celebrate the release of his latest album, which takes him to some of his favourite venues around the UK. Please see full dates here:

1st July – London – 1901 Arts Club (Album Launch event)

2nd July – London – Apple Store, Regent Street

3rd July – London – St Giles in the Fields

4th July – Birmingham – St Martin in the Bullring

5th July – Oxford – Holy Trinity Headington

6th July – Cambridge – Emmanuel Church

10th July – Scotland, Dunkeld – Birnam Arts Centre

11th July – Scotland, Dundee – Dundee Cathedral

13th July – Scotland, Aberdeen – Cowdray Hall

18th July – Newcastle – Lit & Phil

19th July – Portsmouth, Fareham – Ashcroft Arts Centre

20th July – Kent – Faversham Parish Church

1st August – Bristol – St George’s Bristol

2nd August – Wales, Cardiff – Norwegian Church Arts Centre

3rd August – Wales, Pembrokeshire – St Tudwalls Church

5th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

9th August – Scotland, Edinburgh – Royal Overseas League

Accordion Sensations - Summer Tour Dates

Accordion Sensations – Summer Tour Dates

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Scottish Tango Ensemble concert in Inverness

On Friday 8th November, The Scottish Tango Ensemble gave a concert in Inverness Town House for the Inverness Chamber Music Society as part of their “At one with Music” Series.

The ensemble comprises of Paul Chamberlain – Accordion, Gemma O’Keeffe – Violin, Gregor Blamey – Piano and Tom Berry – Double Bass, and they performed a programme featuring different styles of Tango from the old Salon Tango style, to works by Astor Piazzolla and some other more modern Latin styles.

Scottish Tango Ensemble at  Inverness Town House 8th Nov 2013

The Scottish Tango Ensemble
Tom Berry – Bass, Paul Chamberlain – Accordion, Gemma O’Keeffe – Violin, Gregor Blamey – Piano

More information about the group can be found on their website  - www.scottishtangoensemble.com

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Concert Review – Paul Chamberlain at Bridgewater Hall Manchester

This review of Paul’s concert at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall was written by Craig Bradley and published on his website - www.craigbradley.co.uk
Paul Chamberlain – Classical Accordion

FEBRUARY 18, 2013

Photo of accordionist Paul Chamberlain

Paul Chamberlain

Straight in with the big guns and it was Bach’s Toccata & Fugue in D minor to start. Giving the Organ a run for its money in the power and volume stakes and, as explained by Paul, given an added level of intimacy when performed on the Accordion.

The light virtuosity of the Scarlatti contrasted well with the Bach and demonstrated further the musical versatility of Paul and the instrument.

Bach and Scarlatti aren’t so unusual on the Accordion these days, but with Classical Accordion programmes often dominated by highly dissonant and challenging contemporary works, it was very refreshing to hear some original works for the instrument with beautiful melodies and harmonies that the average “classical music concert goer” wouldn’t find too difficult to enjoy.

It was however in the more modern and challenging contemporary works in which I felt Paul excelled. His beautiful shaping of the melodic lines in the Nagayev showed off his innate musicality.

With a very energetic performance of Katchaturian’s Toccata to finish, this was a polished, virtuosic and musically skilled performance of a thoroughly enjoyable programme.

A bit like Andy Murray, Paul is a Scotsman doing very well in a world usually dominated by foreigners and I suspect his personality, repertoire choice and sensitive musicianship will mean his current success can only be set to continue.

Paul Chamberlain played classical accordion at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 13th February 2013

Review by Craig Bradely

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New Videos of Classical Accordionist Paul Chamberlain

Two new videos are now available of Scottish Classical Accordionist Paul Chamberlain.

Published on Youtube, the first video features the wonderful ‘Toccata’ by Aram Khachaturian. Written originally for the piano it transcribes very effectively onto the the accordion.

The second video is the sublime ‘Romance’ by Franck Angelis.

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Paul Chamberlain performs at Haddington Concert Society – Sunday 27th October 2013

On Sunday 27th October 2013, Paul Chamberlain will be giving a recital in the beautiful East Lothian town of Haddington for the Haddington Concert Society.

Programme for Haddington Concert Society 2013-2014

Programme for Haddington Concert Society 2013-2014

Part of the ‘Music Up Close’ series of concerts held in the Assembly Room of Haddington’s Georgian Town House, this concert promises “A cornucopia of delights from this rising young Scottish star, in whose hands the classical accordion displays all the colour of an orchestra.

The programme will feature works by J.S. Bach, Khachaturian, Weber, Scarlatti, Zolotariev, Angelis, Granados and Piazzolla.

Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 – J.S. Bach

Sonatas in F sharp minor, K25 and G major K455  – Domenico Scarlatti

Romance – Franck Angelis

Concertstuk – Carl Maria VonWeber

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Toccata – Aram Khachaturian

Spanish Dance – Enrique Granados

Adios Nonino / Libertango – Astor Piazzolla

Prophetic Dream – Viacheslav Semionov

Sonata No 2 – Vladislav Zolotariev

Concert programme - Paul Chamberlain at Haddington Concert Society

Concert programme – Paul Chamberlain at Haddington Concert Society

Commencing at 7.30pm, tickets are £11 (£9 concessions) and are available in advance at Kesley’s Bookshop, Haddington, Tel 01620 826725, and at the door on the night.

Further information is available from the society’s website – www.haddingtonconcertsociety.com

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Successful recitals in Faversham and Peterborough

In July, Paul Chamberlain gave two very successful recitals in Faversham and Peterborough.

The concert in Faversham took place in the Arden Theatre and was a joint concert with the Kyiv Classic Accordion Duo from Ukraine. The theatre was full to capacity and Paul opened the concert with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. At the end of the evening, Paul joined with the Kyiv Duo in a special rendition of Piazzolla’s Libertango.

Concert in Faversham's Arden Theatre on 21st July 2013

Concert in Faversham’s Arden Theatre on 21st July 2013

The following week, Paul performed the following programme in the magnificent setting of Peterborough Cathedral.

J.S. Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 (1685-1750)

Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in G major K455 (1685 -1757)

Franck Angelis – Romance (1962-)

Aram Khachaturian  - Toccata (1903-1978)

Vladislav Zolotariev – Sonata No 2  (1942-1975)

Peterborough Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals

Peterborough Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals

Peterborough Cathedral Concert

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Graduation ceremony at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and upcoming concerts

Paul Chamberlain graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this week where he received a Master of Music (performance) with distinction. The classical accordion is now fully integrated into the conservatoire with a continuum of students currently studying on the Bachelor of Music course with Djordje Gajic.

Paul Chamberlain with Head of Keyboard Studies, Aaron Shorr at Graduation

Paul Chamberlain with Head of Keyboard Studies, Professor Aaron Shorr after graduating with Master of Music (performance)

Following his graduation, Paul performed to a sell-out crowd at the Edinburgh Ceilidh Club with HotScotch Ceilidh Band.

Paul CHamberlain at Edinburgh Ceilidh Club

Paul has the following upcoming concerts in July and August where he will be performing in Faversham, Peterborough and then two recitals as part of the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Royal Overseas League in Princes Street in a recital titled ‘Classical Accordion at the Fringe

21st July – Solo Recital in Arden Theatre, Faversham 7.30pm

31st July – Lunchtime Recital in Peterborough Cathedral – 1pm

6th & 9th August – ‘Classical Accordion at the Fringe‘ – Paul will be performing in the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Royal Overseas League in Princes Street. The recitals take place at 3pm on each of the days.

 

 

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‘Classical Accordion at the Fringe’ – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Accordionist Paul Chamberlain will be performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The largest arts festival in the world, the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 02 – 26 August and shows for 2013 are now on sale.

The concerts take place on Tuesday 6th August and Friday 9th August, in the recital room of the Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, EH2 3AB. Tickets are £8 and £6 concessions and available from the Fringe Box Office

https://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/music/classical-accordion-at-the-fringe

Paul Chamberlain performs at the Royal Overseas League in Princes Street, 6th & 9th August 2013

Paul Chamberlain performs at the Royal Overseas League in Princes Street, 6th & 9th August 2013

Hear the accordion as never before in a recital by Paul Chamberlain which will include Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D Minor as well as works by Scarlatti and Khachaturian amongst others. A recent graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Paul made his Bridgewater Hall debut in February 2013 with a solo recital as part of the long established Manchester Mid-Days concert series and was featured on BBC Radio 3′s In Tune programme performing live in the studio. ‘Chamberlain’s remarkable technique and the scope of his instrument shines throughout’ (Musician).                 www.theaccordionist.com

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Accordionist Paul Chamberlain at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

As part of his series of concerts in California in 2013, Paul performed at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. The concert featured a programme of music by composers such as Bach, Angelis, Piazzolla and Khachaturian as well as a medley of Balkan music. Opening the second half of the concert was a specially commissioned live scoring to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ‘Pink Panther’ cartoons. Paul has been requested by the manager of public programs at the Crocker to create a new soundtrack to the cartoons with the accordion.

Paul Chamberlain performing at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Paul Chamberlain performing at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Auditorium at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Auditorium at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

The Three cartoons chosen for this event were ‘Toro Pink’, ‘Pink of Arabee’ and ‘Yankee Doodle Pink’

Accordionist Paul Chamberlain performing Pink Panther -  (Live Scoring) at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento)

Accordionist Paul Chamberlain performing Pink Panther – (Live Scoring) at Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento)

The Pink Panther live scoring was very well received by the audience as they watched the films being projected onto the big screen at the front of the auditorium.

Paul’s final concert of the tour took place in Seventh Avenue church, San Francisco on 2nd March 2013.

Paul Chamberlain performing in 7th Avenue Church, San Francisco

Paul Chamberlain performing in Seventh Avenue Church, San Francisco

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