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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Paul features on San Francisco’s Classical Music Station KDFC – “The State of the Arts”

On Tuesday 26th February, Paul Chamberlain was the guest on KDFC’s “The State of the Arts” daily feature hosted by Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr. This classical music radio station based in San Francisco broadcasts all over the Bay area and beyond.  Talking about his series of concerts in California, Paul also told of how he first became interested in the classical accordion and gave an insight into the setup of the instrument.

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Scottish accordion player Paul Chamberlain began by playing traditional music – and still plays with a Ceilidh band – but at age 17, went to a festival in St. Petersburg where he first heard classical music played on the instrument, and returned home thinking “Wow! I want to do this!” He’s in the the Bay Area for a brief concert tour, which will conclude with a free concert Saturday night in the 7th Avenue Performances series.

There’s more information about Saturday night’s San Francisco concert at the 7th Avenue Performances website, and Thursday’s concert in Sacramento at the Crocker Art Museum’s website, plus more at Paul Chamberlain’s website.

Chamberlain studied with a Serbian teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama – he says that there’s also a long tradition of classical music played on the accordion in Serbia, as there is in Russia, where it’s much more of a mainstream instrument. There’s no piano-like keyboard on either side of the bellows on the accordion he plays… rather, two sets of buttons. The usual pre-set chords that often are found on the left-hand side can be disabled, giving him essentially two independent sets of notes for melodies or chords.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece called “Romance” by the French composer Franck Angelis, that Paul Chamberlain played when he came by the KDFC studio yesterday.

His CD also includes a Bach Prelude and Fugue transcription, as well as works originally for keyboard by Rameau, Moszkowski and Khachaturian, plus a sonata by Alexander Nagayev


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Paul Chamberlain featured on BBC Radio 3

On Monday 11th February, Paul Chamberlain was featured on BBC Radio 3′s “In Tune” programme with Sean Rafferty. In a link-up from Pacific Quay the BBC’s studio complex in Glasgow, he performed live in the studio as well as giving an interview about his current activities.

Paul performed Khachaturian’s Toccata and then finished the feature with “Romance” by Franck Angelis.

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