2 WORLD TITLES FOR

ACCORA ORCHESTRA 

   

  

The World Music Festival was held in Innsbruck, Austria from May 30th to June 2nd, where 387 ensembles and orchestras competed to be crowned the best in the world.  The  Accora Youth Orchestra led by musical director Yvonne Chilton scooped the top prize in the Akkordeon-Orchester Schuler Elementarstufe (Accordion Orchestra Kids Elementary Level), while the Accora Senior Orchestra led by musical director, John Chilton, were awarded 1st with an Outstanding standard in the Akkordeon-Ensemble mit Dirigent erwachsene Oberstufe (Accordion Ensemble with Conductor Adults Advanced Level). 

 
 

The Accora Youth Orchestra performed Suite Contraire by Hermann Illenberger on Saturday morning in Messe Theatre. The young musicians, ranging in age from 9-19 years, performed 4 movements of the piece without sheet music.  The jury complemented their musical director Yvonne Chilton on tutoring these young children to such a high standard and were blown away by the way they followed her direction to such perfection. 

 
 

The Senior Orchestra performed Variations on an Original Theme by Eddie Harris and arranged by their musical director John Chilton. The Jury was again very complimentary of the standard and in particular John Chilton’s arrangement of this very well-known piece and the way it was executed to perfection. 

 
 

40 people including musicians, families and supporters travelled to Innsbruck, Austria for this prestigious event that included competing orchestras from Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Croatia, Austria, Moldova, United Kingdom, and Spain.     

  

Here is a link to the Senior Orchestra's winning performance from the World Music Festival June 1st 2019 

https://youtu.be/NFb08_J8bto  

  

Here is a link to our Youth Orchestra's winning performance from the World Music Festival June 1st 2019 

https://www.facebook.com/AccoraOrchestra/videos/2274118202842346/ 

       About Accora orchestra 

 

 

  • Castletown Accordion Orchestra changed their name to Accora Orchestra in May 2018. The orchestra changed the name of the orchestra as they had moved the location of the orchestra and wanted a name that wasn't geographical and that could be used worldwide. The name was developed by the children, committee and a design company. Accora is taken from the first 5 letters of the word 'accordion' and it's a play on a chara, a chairde, a chorus, which the children felt was the ethos of the orchestra. Accora Orchestra was originally formed in 1981 as a marching band.

  • They were successful winning national titles and taking part in a European Tour.

  • 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 

 

Internationally

  • 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 the International Accordion Days in Prague Festival at 2 levels Under 19 Orchestra & Light Music Section in November of 2016

    • Winning the European Accordion Championships in Prague in April 2006

    • In 2007 they travelled to Innsbruck, Austria, where the Senior Orchestra were placed 2nd out of 30 and the Junior Orchestra were placed 3rd out of 11 at the World Accordion Championships.

    • In March 2008 the orchestra returned to Prague were they were placed 2nd in the Junior Section and 5th in the light Music Section coming up against some very experienced orchestras.

    • In 2010 after 3 stunning performances on returning to the World Accordion Championships, the 3 orchestras were placed in the top 10 in their sections 

    • In 2013 at the World Accordion Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, after another outstanding performance, two of the orchestras were placed in the top 4 in their sections. They are moving up in the ranking each time they compete.

    • In 2014 the orchestras travelled to 39th International Competition Pula, Croatia were they  competed at  three levels in:

      • Chamber ensemble

      • Under 15 Orchestral Section

      • Under 19 Orchestral section

      • They brought home trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

    • In 2016 the orchestra won the International Accordion Days in Prague Festival at 2 levels Under 19 Orchestra and the Light Music Section.

    • As of May 2019 - We are CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS at 2 levels u16 & Senior. 

 

Five Orchestras and over 75 Musicians

 

  • There are currently 4 Orchestras.

    • The Primary Orchestra & Preparatory Orchestra , conducted by Sara Brennan

    • The Intermediate Orchestra, conducted by Yvonne Chilton

    • The Senior Orchestra, conducted by John Chilton.

 

Individual lessons are also part of the offering from the Accora Orchestra

 

  • The Mini Musicians are taught by Samantha Sheridan

  • The Recorder Group are taught by Yvonne Chilton

  • The beginners are taught by Samantha Sheridan and Yvonne Chilton,

  • The Grade 1 & 2 students and ensembles are taught by Sara Brennan, Yvonne Chilton & John Chilton

  • The Grade 3 & above students are taught by John & Yvonne Chilton and Sara Brennan

 

 

Enrollment

 

We are always looking for new members.

  • If you would like to enrol your child – or yourself – email us (click here)   
      
    Include your name, phone number
    and students name and we will get back to you 

 

  • 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 fill in contact form and we will get back to you!!


Teachers:
 

Our Teachers are highly trained and skilled musicians and include:

Teachers:

John Chilton

Yvonne Chilton

Sara Brennan

Samantha Sheridan

Clare Martyn

 

Lessons - Venue & Times:

Lessons are held in St. Killian's Primary School, Mullagh, Co.Cavan each Friday evening. 

 
Fees:
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.

Accordions:
Children need an accordion to practice on.

However, if you don't have an accordion we will provide your child with one for just €5 per week capped at 150 euro.

Enrolment:
Registration is taken by phone Yvonne Chilton on 046-9245905/ 087-9949006 or Sara Brennan 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 & Senior Infants and 1st class are welcome to join our Mini Musicians & Recorder Classes and children from 2nd class upwards for Accordion & Percussion classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austria 2019

Supported by Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, funded by The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council

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