The ICA Library is a unique collection of music specially written or arranged for the concertina. Most of the published music dates from the mid to late 19th Century and provides an interesting history of the style of playing from that era and the group of musicians who were the first to promote and popularise the instrument. When a piece of music, “A Romance for Aeola, Concertina or Violin” by Clementine Ward came up for sale recently I was intrigued to learn more about the composer.
Played and recorded by Chris van de Kuilen, piano and Pauline de Snoo, Concertina, 15-09-2014
The library already held two pieces of music by a John C. Ward, arrangements of Chopin’s Nocturne in E flat and a Medley Overture of English tunes, and I wondered if there was any connection with Clementine. A brief search on the internet revealed there was – Clementine was the daughter of John Charles.
The music is published in Concertina World 459, September 2014
A class for free-reed instruments was re- introduced for the 100th season of the Taunton Music and Drama Festival after a lapse of a couple of decades. On Tuesday 12th November 2013 J25 Concertina Band was delighted to participate.
Following on from a wonderful weekend in October for beginner and intermediate players, the West Country Concertina Players have once again booked Kilve Court, Kilve, Somerset, for our March residential weekend The dates are: Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd 2014.
David Thompson notified us he is still missing his tenor Wheatstone English concertina which he left in a taxi from Clapham Junction on the 28th June. TFL notified him that they are giving up on the search.
He has posted on c.net, notified shops and has been monitoring e-bay without any result so far. It is black, metal ended – tenor (starts C below Middle C) and has serial number 36628.
Eilish Kennedy is looking after the organisation this year – she can be reached on email@example.com. Booking and payment arrangements, particularly for those on the European side of the water have been simplified this year, and as ever a great week is expected, with the local Corofin Festival getting stronger and better each year and running concurrently. There is a review of last years school on Concertina.net for those interested, at http://www.concertina.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=15071
It is being held at St. Audries Bay holiday park on the Severn Estuary – where the Quantock Hills unfold towards the sea and yes, we can go down the steps and walk on the beach – some brave souls have even ventured into the sea! Last year’s brilliant duet tutor John Morgan could almost see his house across the water, but declined the offer of a rowing boat to get home and drove over the bridge instead. Booking for 2013 opens in November and we are so fortunate in having a ‘dream team’ of tutors – Alistair, John and Iris have supported us many times in the past and it is great that they will be leading us on this celebratory weekend. With the best tuition, there will be plenty of opportunities to spur you on and help you improve your playing technique, get new tunes and ideas, together with enjoying bar sessions with old and new friends.
One of the aims of the West Country Concertina Players is to motivate and facilitate learning to play the concertina – with enjoyment as key – so you are most cordially invited to come and join us in March.