Paul Chamberlain Accordionist Paul Chamberlain Accordionist
  • Paul Chamberlain Accordionist
  • Paul Chamberlain Accordionist

"Chamberlain's remarkable technique and the scope of his instrument shines throughout."

Musicians' Union Magazine Spring 2012

"The range of colour and dynamics and the variety of texture normally managed by the two hands and two feet of an organist with a plethora of stops was brilliantly shown in your performance... your command of the music was excellent and your relationship with the music total."

Norman Beedie

Paul Chamberlain / classical accordionist

Paul Chamberlain was one of the first classical accordionists to graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he studied with Djordje Gajic. He completed a BMus (Hons) degree and subsequently graduated from the conservatoire with a Master of Music Performance with Distinction. Whilst studying there he was awarded the acclaimed Governors Recital Prize for Keyboard, and was also one of the keyboard section finalists in the 2011 Royal Overseas League competition.

Paul  is a highly accomplished player with appearances at international music festivals such as Baltica Harmonica in St. Petersburg – Russia, Sata-Häme Soi Accordion festival in Ikaalinen – Finland, and the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, held annually in Scotland. He has also performed in France, Italy, Greece, Bahrain and the USA. In February 2013 he undertook a very successful tour of concerts around the UK and California which included his Bridgewater Hall debut with a solo recital as part of the long established Manchester Mid-Days concert series.

In 2011, Paul released his debut solo album entitled “Classical Accordion” featuring a mixture of transcriptions of works by J.S. Bach, Rameau, Moszkowski and Khachaturian, as well as original works by Alexander Nagayev and Franck Angelis.

He has also performed with the Paragon Ensemble as part of their “Travelling Home” concert celebrating their thirtieth anniversary, with the Scottish Opera Connect orchestra, and is a founder member of the Scottish Tango Ensemble.

Paul has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme with Sean Rafferty, performing live in the studio, BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Classics Unwrapped’ and California’s KDFC Classical Music Radio Station in San Francisco.

Original Repertoire
Sonata No 1 – Alexander Nagayev (b. 1947)
Capriccio – Albin Repnikov (b. 1932)
Prophetic Dream – Viatcheslav Semionov (b.1946)
Romance – Franck Angelis (b.1962)
Rassypucha – Victor Gridin (1943-1997)
Sonata No 2 – Vladislav Zolataryev (1942-1975)
Amalgame – Frank Angelis (b. 1962)
Botany Play – Torbjorn Lundquist (1920-2000)
Sonatina Piccola – Torbjorn Lundquist (1920-2000)
De Profundis – Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931)
In the Zoo – Niels Viggo Bentzon (1919-2000)
Russian Dance – Georgy Shenderyov (1937-1984)
Bulgarian Suite – Viacheslav Semionov (b.1946)

Transcriptions
Toccata – Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978)
Asturias – Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)
Aria di Figaro – Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Concertstuk – Carl Maria Von Weber (1786-1826)
Prelude Fugue & Variation – Cesar Franck (1822-1890)
Toccata & Fugue in D Minor : BWV 565 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Organ Prelude & Fugue in D Minor : BWV 554 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude & Fugue No 2 in C Minor – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Sonatas – Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Pieces de Clavichord – Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 –1764)
Scherzo-Tarantella – Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
Spanish Dance No. 5 – Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Spanish Caprice – Moritz Moszkowski (1884-1925)
Gothic Suite – Léon Boëllmann (1862-1897)

Chamber music
Histoire Du Tango – Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
(accordion & flute)

In Croce
– Sofia Gubaidulina (b.1931)
(accordion & cello)

Home From Home
– Gareth Williams
(cimbalom, violin, flute, cello, clarinet, accordion & percussion)

Five Tango Sensations
– Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
(accordion & string quartet)

Adagio and Rondo for Glass Harmonica K617
– W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)
(2 vln, vla, cello, accordion)

Bagatelles Op. 47
– Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
(accordion, 2 vln and cello)

Le Grand Tango
– Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
(accordion & violin)

Ave Maria
– Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
(flute & accordion)

Tango
– Steven Goss (b.1964)
(clarinet, accordion, vibraphone, marimba, suspended cymbal and double bass)

The Wind is spreading the Echo over the Glade
– Andrzej Krzanowski (1951-1990)
(accordion duo)

Pitt
– John Hails (b.1978)
(trumpet, cello, double bass, mezzo soprano, accordion, percussion)

Feasgar Beatha
– Ailig Hunter (b.1984)
(cello, double bass, accordion, vibraphone)

Concertos
Concerto in Bb for Accordion – Nikolai Chaikin (1915 – 2000)

Upcoming performances:

28/10/14 Glasgow – Western Club – 11am 32 Royal Exchange Square
21/11/14 Melrose – Merlin Music 7.30pm ‘Chamberlain & Haywood’
2015
01/03/15 Norwich – Eaton Concert Series – 3pm
St Andrew’s Church, Church Lane, Eaton

Past performances in 2014:
17/01/14 Music in Rannoch – Solo Recital (7.30pm)
30/01/14 Ripon Cathedral – Lunchtime Recital (1.15pm)
31/01/14 University of Leeds International Concert Series (1pm)
10/04/14 Royal Overseas League, Edinburgh (6.30pm)
02/05/14 Tornaveen Hall, Banchory (8pm)
06/05/14 House Concert, Melrose (7.30pm) Chamberlain & Haywood
23/05/14 Eastgate Theatre – Peebles Chamberlain & Haywood
30/05/14 Royal Academy of Music, London (Lunch & Learn Event)
30/05/14 BBC Radio 3 – In Tune (Live Performance)
31/05/14 Border Gaitherin, Coldstream
01/06/14 Border Gaitherin, Coldstream
14/06/14 Renfield St Stephens Church – Glasgow 
01/07/14 London – 1901 Arts Club (CD Launch) – 7pm
02/07/14 London – Apple Store, Regent St – 6.30pm
03/07/14 London – St Giles in the Fields – 1.30pm
04/07/14 Birmingham – St Martin in the Bullring – 12.30pm
05/07/14 Oxford – Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry – 7.30pm
06/07/14 Cambridge – Emmanuel Church – 7.30pm
08/07/14 BBC Radio Scotland – Classics Unwrapped Live peformance and interview
10/07/14 Dunkeld – Birnam Arts Centre – 7.30pm
11/07/14 Dundee – St Paul’s Cathedral – 1.15pm
13/07/14 Aberdeen – Cowdray Hall – 7.30pm
18/07/14 Newcastle – Lit & Phil – 1.10pm with Michael Haywood
19/07/14 Fareham – Ashcroft Arts Centre – 7.30pm with Michael Haywood
20/07/14 Kent – Faversham Parish Church – 7.30pm with Michael Haywood
01/08/14 Bristol – St George’s Bristol – 1.30pm
02/08/14 Cardiff – Norwegian Church Arts Centre – 7.30pm
03/08/14 Pembrokeshire – St Tudwalls Church – 6pm
04/08/14 -08/08/14 Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow – Accordion Summer School
05/08/14 Edinburgh – Royal OverSeas League – 3pm
09/08/14 Edinburgh – Royal OverSeas League – 3pm
12/08/14 Edinburgh – Boteco do Brasil, – 9pm
13/08/14 -16/08/14 Merlin Music Summer School – Melrose
15/08/14 Edinburgh International Festival- Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Ute Lemper Concert
17/08/14 Edinburgh – Musical Mornings with Mil’s Trills -Pleasance Theatre
17/08/14 Hawick – Wilton Park – 8pm -Live scoring of Pink Panther
19/08/14 Edinburgh – Boteco do Brasil, – 9pm
23/08/14 Edinburgh – Royal OverSeas League – 3pm
26/08/14 Edinburgh – Boteco do Brasil, – 9pm
04/09/14 Scottish Tango Ensemble – Nairn Book and Arts Festival
20/09/14 Scottish Tango Ensemble – Arran Music Society 

4/10/14 Forfar – St John’s Church – 1pm East High Street, Forfar

 

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