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What others have written about the ensemble

If you’re looking for good all round entertainers for your church – look no further. This year our Church members were given a real treat after our traditional harvest supper.

 We were entertained by the Norvic Concordia Accordion Ensemble.  These five talented and enthusiastic performers offered a breath taking programme covering a variety of musical styles which showed off the scope and versatility of their instruments. No only did they treat us to some wonderfully arranged pieces but also encouraged those present to ‘sing along’ with them on various occasions.  It was a brilliant evening and this group deserves to be heard more widely.

                           Richard Jackson, retired Priest in the Stalham Benefice November 2016

 All the Heartsease concerts have been good, but the performance by Norvic Concordia on Sunday 6th September 2015 showed that the best had been left until last. 

 Peter Ayers led a group of five accomplished musicians, all playing accordions. Peter had supplied a programme with detailed notes, which was very helpful to people like me who had never heard an accordion group before.

 They played a wide variety of music, ranging from an “Adagio in G minor” by Albinoni and Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”, to Eric Coates’s “By the Sleepy Lagoon” and the “Dance Palace 1922” by Otto Eckelman.  I particularly liked two pieces that made me think I was in a Parisian café; “La Cinquantaine” by Gabriel-Marie and “Chanson de Matin” by Edward Elgar.  The group maintained excellent ensemble throughout and also made good use of dynamics.

 I bought both their CDs and on listening to them quickly came to the conclusion that I would be hard put to it to find a fully professional group that matched the standards of excellence achieved by Norvic Concordia.  I know from my own experience of choral singing that you can always tell if an audience appreciates what they’re hearing. The audience at the Norvic Concordia concert were clearly enraptured by the performance.

I do hope they will play for us again. If you missed this concert, make sure you don’t miss a repeat performance. You’d be in for a real treat! "                                                                     

David Orr  September 6th 2015 Heartsease, Norwich


"I have heard positive, appreciative comments only. I would have liked there to be more people present to hear you, especially as such opportunities are rare unless they travel to Norfolk or attend one of the Festivals at which you appear. But theirs is the loss, I'm afraid."

 John Polden, Thurrock, Essex July 2012

"This was a well prepared and performed concert enjoyed totally by the audience. A wonderful experience for our local community and for many a brilliant introduction to accordions, their capabilities and the considerable skill needed to execute a fine performance."

Paul Warren, St Matthews Church, Rainham Kent, March 2011

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"At the end of September I attended a concert at All Saints’ Church, Swanton Morley, between Swaffham and Norwich, which this paper had advertised in its events page. We were entertained by Norvic Concordia, an accordion ensemble of five. The music was superb. The quintet plays concert music especially arranged for it, and one of the pieces was written by Israel’s “prophet of the accordion”, Yehuda Oppenheimer. It was a lovely, haunting lullaby/melody, and Norvic Concordia is the only group in the country which plays his music. They played 20 pieces, including works from Elgar, Grieg, Piazzolla, and Jack Strachey. I am writing this to let people know that they missed out on a quality event."                 Eastern Daily Press 3/10/2008

"I would like to say big “Thank you” to the Norvic Concordia Accordion Ensemble for coming to us and giving such an excellent concert, which was very much appreciated by the audience. Also a big “Thank you” to you for all the advertising you did for the concert, which also was very much appreciated. Some people who were there on the evening have said to me if ever I book the accordion ensemble again I was to let them know as they would certainly come again. We raised the sum of £386 and after expenses hopefully St. Mary’s Church, Worlingworth will receive in the region of £262. Once again many thanks to you all and we hope to see you all once again in the not too distant future."

“I am writing on behalf of Gressenhall Arts to thank you and your band for the splendid show that you provided for us at Gressenhall. We all thoroughly enjoyed the programme, especially the request items, and it was good to see a number of people there who had never been to one of our shows before. Your relaxed and friendly approach, not to mention the leg pulling, made for a lovely informal evening for us all.”

“I cannot let a day go by without writing to you to express our appreciation of the concert at the church last night. Everyone was delighted with it; your choice of music, the range of the instruments and the individual talents you all displayed were without equal. It was all held together so well by Kevin's excellent interjections which brought audience and performers together. Please give our sincere thanks to all concerned; we were so sorry for the people who did not come; they don't know what they missed!”

“Just to say how much we all appreciated the Quintet's visit to us on Friday. It was a real delight so thank you all very much indeed. I do hope that you'll be able to come again.”

“I have known Peter Ayers for many years and so we were delighted to hear that his quintet, Norvic Concordia, was to give a concert in St.Lawrence's Centre for the Arts, South Walsham. The quintet, with its smart professional logo and uniform, played an immensely wide range of music from early classical through the whole range to popular twentieth century tangos. The haunting melodies of Bartok's Roumanian Folk Dances and Three Israeli Dances were especially appealing. The programme showed this very mixed audience, not only the great dynamic range of the accordion, but the skill of Peter's many arrangements. The quintet is to be congratulated on its very professional achievement.”

"Marche Militaire by Franz Schubert - This was a very enjoyable and effective performance.”

"Three Israeli Dances, arranged by Peter Ayers - Terrific start - rhythmic and precise with much style and panache. You played with careful articulation, pace and contrast. Good communication and sense of ensemble throughout. Playing was well balanced with nice tight rhythmic accompaniment. You built up the excitement with care and precision and our feet were tapping to the final "Hey!" Most enjoyable.”

"Oklahoma Themes by Richard Rodgers - There was an inevitability about every change of tempo and mood, and we could take for granted that everything would be just so. Balance ideal, style just right, ensemble perfect. Changes of tempo and mood so well managed. An outstanding performance.”

"For the record, I was extremely impressed with your group's performance. If I had to pick out anything in particular, I was delighted with his adaptation of Ständchen by Jonny Heykens. No attempt to include totally unnecessary embellishments - just a simple interpretation that brought out the gentle nature of the piece. A truly delightful arrangement, and played so beautifully too."

"Eddie Grundy would have been pleased. The Ambridge Bulls (non-Archers fans can ignore this) would rarely see one accordionist, so six would be really something, especially if they were playing the theme tune from the long-running radio soap. That is what an Ipswich audience was treated to when the Norvic Concordia played a programme of foot-tapping dances written for this kind of ensem­ble. It was interspersed with arrangements of favourite melodies such as Pachelbel’s Canon. There was an enthusiastic, if not exactly, huge audience to hear this excellent Norwich- based ensemble, playing for a good cause. So, Eddie, it was not all about oom-pah." Chris Green of the Evening Star after a concert in Ipswich in aid of Anti-Slavery

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