Norvic Concordia - About Us

Beginnings

Norvic Concordia began as a quartet, either playing music that they could find written for four accordions or adapting as best they could items that could be played by four players. Soon they became a quintet and on obtaining a bass accordion they were able to extend their repertoire considerably, often adapting scores arranged for accordion ensemble or orchestra.


Norvic Concordia in 1995 at Harwich
Invitation Accordion Festival

In an attempt to widen their repertoire and thus to provide a more widely appealing programme to audiences they began to make their own arrangements, which were more satisfactory because each part was written with the individual player in mind.

Our Music

Its growing repertoire is extremely wide in style. It ranges from Bach to Bartók in the classical field (and beyond to living composers), and also encompasses a wide variety of light popular music, whether from ragtime, jazz, Latin, musicals, light orchestral, folk music or popular standards. Most of these arrangements are unique to the group. For many, although the music may be familiar, its sound is a completely new experience. Much of the music will be familiar because of its popularity, even though the name of the composer may not be so well known.

Some composers, such as George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter are household names, but many familiar pieces (such as My Fair Lady - Frederick Loewe or the theme tune from Last of the Summer Wine - Ronnie Hazlehurst, for example) will not often bring to mind the composer's name.

The Accordion’s Versatility

Many regard the accordion as a folk or dance music instrument. Usually this isa tremolo or musette tuned instrument, so typical of French or Scottish dance music. Although Norvic Concordia use this sound in their French pieces, their use of differently tuned instruments with a wide range of tones, using multi couplers ensures that they can play effectively in many different styles. Group of Five Whether this be in a tango, one of the delightfully descriptive pieces by Leroy Anderson, Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba or Sydney Bechet's expressive slow tune Petite Fleur, these pieces communicate to the audience very effectively through the medium of the accordion ensemble. This is due to the fact that the instrument is capable of a wide variety of tonal and dynamic sounds, as well as the ability to sustain long notes. In using no form of amplification, they avoid the distorted sound that this can cause. Even when playing to a full audience of 700 people in St Andrew's Hall, Norwich they could be heard without amplification.

Devising a Concert Programme

Norvic Concordia is able to devise a programme to meet the tastes of a wide variety of audiences. Communicating with the audience is an important part of the presentation. Besides having heard the music, audiences will also learn something about its evolution and the instruments used.

A typical concert programme will mostly feature the whole ensemble, but can include solo, duet and trio.

The aim is to provide a thoroughly enjoyable musical experience, something that audiences are able to confirm.

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