There is a school of thought that says that the best way to play a bodhran is with a penknife. There are others who believe that a similar philosophy holds true for the accordion.
Anyone harbouring such notions of destruction toward the instrument should take in the performance of the Castletown Accordion Orchestra.
John Chilton's charges are a world standard orchestra and quick perusal of their passport stamps will indicate that the demand for their performances extend far beyond these shores.
Castletown Accordion Orchestra have returned to perform in the Ramor Theatre, Virginia, for the second year with their ‘Mid Summer Classical Concert’, following their recent success at the International Accordion Festival in Prague.
The show takes place on Saturday, June 24 when they will treat audiences to a diverse offering including classical, Latin American and Viennese waltzes. This year their special guests are the Diamond Quartet, an accordion quartet based in Dublin.
They also welcome some of the finest young soloists in the country. Holly Chilton (oboe) from Virginia, is currently sitting her Leaving Certificate and will commence her 3rd level studies with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in September.
Holly is a part time scholarship student with the RIAM and a member of their Symphony Orchestra. Three guests are current 3rd level students of the Academy. Ciaran Hayes (bassoon) from Termonfeckin, is a student of Ates Kirkan and is former principal bassoonist of the Dublin Youth Orchestra and the Julianstown Youth Orchestra. He is currently a member of the RIAM Philharmonia.
Niya Morrissey (piano) from Dublin, is a student of Lance Coburn. She recently won the Special Audience Prize and Best contemporary music performance in an International Piano Competition in Malta. Niya has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Musical Odyssey Summer Academy in Greece in July 2017.
The final guest is Zoё Stedje (cello) from Limerick, a student of Christopher Marwood. She was principal cello with the Youth Orchestra of Scotland in 2016 and performed with them at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall and is currently a member of the RIAM Philharmonia Orchestra.
To book a place at this entrancing performance call 049 8547074 or log on to www.ramortheatre.com