Welcome to the newly named Accora Orchestra - originally the Castletown Accordion Orchestra it was formed in 1981 as a marching band. In 1993, the current musical director, John Chilton took over and changed the band to an accordion orchestra. They have won numerous titles at All Ireland level and at other national events held throughout the country including the Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships. Individual members have won numerous solo, duet and ensemble competitions.
There are currently 4 Accora Accordion Orchestras.
The Primary Orchestra, conducted by Sara Brennan
The Preparatory Orchestra Conducted by Sara Brennan
The Intermediate Orchestras, conducted by Yvonne Chilton
The Senior Orchestra, conducted by John Chilton.
The Orchestra has travelled to Scotland, England, Spain, Italy, The Czech Republic and Austria taking part in various festivals. To date, their most impressive achievements have been winning Akkordeon-Orchester Schuler Elementarstufe (Accordion Orchestra Kids Elementary Level), and Akkordeon-Ensemble mit Dirigent erwachsene Oberstufe (Accordion Ensemble with Conductor Adults Advanced Level) at the World Music Festival in May of 2019. They have also been successful in winning the International Accordion Days in Prague Festival at 2 levels Under 19 Orchestra and the Light Music Section in November of 2016, Winning the European Accordion Championships in April 2006 and in 2007 they travelled to Innsbruck, Austria, where the Senior Orchestra was placed 2nd out of 30 and the Junior Orchestra was placed 3rd out of 11 at the World Accordion Championships.
World Champion's Accora Youth Orchestra & Accora Senior Orchestra
This year our End of year concert will be dedicated to a 22-month-old girl called Milly Byrne. Milly’s Mammy Charlene is a former member of our orchestra. In March, Milly fell seriously ill and suffered heart failure. She is currently in the UK waiting on a heart transplant. We are going to set up a Paypal fund (Milly’s Fund) where all donations will go to support Milly & her family at this difficult time. Donations are completely optional and any donations big or small will be greatly appreciated! 🎶🎼❤️
The concert will be on Zoom - Here is link
All donations can be made by clicking on link-
We were delighted to be part of a nationwide performance in tribute to our Frontline Workers on European Music Day on Sunday, 21 June. We performed in St. Kilian's Church car park with all our family & friends from the parish. We had over 40 members ranging from our Mini Musician classes up to our Senior Orchestra. The sun shone and we had a lovely evening performing to an audience again after months of lockdown. Check out our performance of Ode to Joy by Clicking on the link below!!
Did you know that learning to read and play Music can help a child's self confidence, concentration and overall development? We are now enrolling new members. You DO NOT need an accordion - we provide one. New Beginner Classes starting 20th September for Junior Infants to Adults. Classes held each week in St. Killian's National School, Mullagh, Co. Cavan. To enrol fill out contact form on website or message us on Facebook. We welcome every age group from Junior Infants to Adult. You will learn to read and play music and be part of our world standard orchestras. Our musicians currently come from Cavan and Meath - all counties welcome !! It is well a known fact that there are huge benefits for children who learn music.
Over 70 members in 4 orchestras from Beginners to Advanced
Instruction by fully qualified teachers
Instruments taught are accordion and percussion
Opportunities for exams, competitions, great friends and foreign travel
Interested in joining?
Please contact us by Phone 046-9245905/087-9949006 Or check out our contact page
Lessons - Venue & Times:
Mini Musicians Class
Lessons are held in St. Killian's Primary School, Mullagh, Co.Cavan each Friday evening.
If you own an accordion the fee is €10 per child per week, €20 for two children and a third child from the same family is half price. Mini Musician Classes are €5 per week, payable in advance at the beginning of each month.
Children need an accordion to practice on. If you don't have an accordion we will provide your child with one for just €5 per week capped at 150 euro.
Registration is taken by phone Yvonne Chilton on 046-9245905, Ben Sheridan on 046-9054371, Sara on 087-7842430 or you can come down to St. Killian's Primary School, Virginia Road, Mullagh on Friday's between 5 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Students from Junior Infants, Senior Infants & 1st Class are welcome for our Mini Musician and 2nd class upwards to learn accordion and percussion!!
We started a "Mini Musicians Class" for children from Junior infants up and it has been a fantastic success. The children developed in all aspects of music with many children moving onto recorders in the last year. The classes are held on a Friday evening in St. Killian's National School, Mullagh. The class "Mini Musicians" is aimed at Junior & Senior Infants students who would like to begin music lessons.
In the classes the children learn to read music and start off playing percussion instruments both tuned & untuned. The learning is in a fun environment with music games and activities the basis to the children's learning.
To enrol for these classes contact Sara on 087-7842430 who will answer and questions you may have about this new class!!