Music Festivals

Carillon festivals and events are an international gathering point for enthusiasts and professional musicians alike. Founded and run by husband and wife team John and Jackie Romero, they have been organising musical breaks for well over ten years. With professional concerts and informal sessions from top musicians alongside exhibitions from leading music shops and manufacturers, Carillon shows always offer the highest quality of entertainment, a professional stage setting and a comfortable venue. Whether you play or would just like to spend a few days in the company of like minded people, the unique, friendly and bubbly atmosphere a Carillon festival really has to be experienced first hand.

Accordion Festivals - Four days of music the way only accordion players know how. Programmes include concerts by both leading UK and International musicians, (please see festival details for artist list). There is of course a full supporting cast of traders and displays. Over ten hours of classes also run during each weekend. These include Orchestra's, group and even individual private lessons. Music genres include Folk, Scottish, Jazz, Classical, Electronic and guests are more than welcome to bring their accordions along for both classes and to join in the afternoon guest concerts.

Coming Events

Our second Northern Accordion Festival (Blackpool) is March 2017

​Our Artists: Gary Blair     Tom Hardaker     Harry Hussey     Caroline Hussey     John Romero

Our Teachers : Gary Blair     Harry Hussey     Caroline Hussey     John Romero

Organisations and Traders: Acorn Instruments     Harry Kipling's "Accordion Treasures"     Rob Howard     Scotland Accordions     Carillon Studios

Our third Middlewich 'Accordion Magic' Festival is 17th 18th June 2017

Our Artists: Harry Hussey, John Penny, Jovan Rnjak, Helen Rich, John Romero, Weaver Valley Accordion Band (Saturday)

Following the sucess of our second Accordion Magic event and the raising of well over £400.00 (including our Eastbourne Eastbourne festival the running total is nearly £13,000) we will organise another for this year. We are again looking for reasonble standard players for this "Winstons Wish" fund raising event. Please call us if you would be prepared to volunteer your services for this fabulous charity. For more information please see this page

Oktoberfest (Bournemouth) Festival is 20th - 23rd October 2017

​Our Artists: Hans Fingers     Heir Dryer     Alan Young     Rosemary Wright     Harry Hussey     John Romero

Our Teachers : Harry Hussey     Rosemary Wright     John Romero

Organisations and Traders: The Accordion Shop     Carillon Studios

Our next Winter International Accordion Weekend is February 2018

Our Artists: TBA     Harry Hussey,     John Romero

Our Teachers : TBA    Harry Hussey

Organisations and Traders: The Accordion Shop,     Birmingham Accordions,     Acorn Instruments,     Scotland Accordion,     Harry Kipling's "Accordion Treasures",     Carillon Studios

Your Half Board Stay at our Accordion Festival

Four days of music the way only accordion players know how. Programmes include concerts by both UK and International leading musicians, (please see festival details for artist list). There is of course a full supporting cast of traders and displays. Over ten hours of classes also run during each weekend. These include Orchestra's, group and even individual private lessons. Music genres include Folk, Scottish, Jazz, Classical, Electronic and guests are more than welcome to bring their accordions along for both classes and to join in the afternoon guest concerts. Arrive Friday afternoon, leave Monday morning. Your stay includes Friday to Monday Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, all concerts, orchestra’s, teaching, trade stands, afternoon tea/coffee with bicuits/cakes.

Once your deposit has been paid we will contact you to confirm your room type (single,double or twin) and if there are any dietary or disability requirements etc. We will then send a confirmation letter with all booking details. If you have any questions, would like a printed booking form and flyer information or would prefer to book by phone, please give us a call on 01606 270148

Important : Please note for the Queens Hotel (Eastbourne) the balance is payable at the hotel upon arrival
the balance for the Carousel Hotel (Blackpool) the balance is payable at the hotel upon arrival

Our Venues

The Queens Hotel, Eastbourne, Marine Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 3DY is one of Eastbourne's premier hotels. It has a wonderful position on the seafront opposite the pier (which is currently a little singed around the edges). The venue has recently had some major upgrades which add to its comfortable atmosphere and this popular venue is always a favourite with our guests. The hotel is equipped with two lifts and parking is easy as the hotel has its own large carpark. If you fancy a break from the music local shopping is plentiful with some great stores just a short walk away.

The Carousel Hotel, Blackpool, 663-671 New South Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire FY4 1RN. This modern AA rated 3 Star hotel has a fantastic and prime location on the Blackpool South Promenade. With stunning sea views and within walking distance of Blackpool’s many Attractions, it really is one of Blackpool's best places to stay. It boasts a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award which is an accolade to the highly rated facilities and exceptional experience which comes only as standard. The 92 modern en-suite bedrooms, the mouth-watering Café Bar, and the dedicated family friendly service are just some of the reasons why The Carousel Hotel is the perfect place for us..

The Ocean Beach & Spa Hotel, Bournemouth Hotel East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AQ. Our fabulous new Bournmoth venue on the top of Bournemouth East Cliff. Just yards from seven miles of award winning sandy beaches and close to the vibrant café society of Bournemouth. Decorated in a modern, rustic beach style with onsite Day Spa and Italian Café, this new concept Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to stay while visiting Bournemouth.

Please note the following. All festival bookings must be made through Carillon Studios (not the hotel) otherwise entry to the festival will be refused. We are fully aware that some people do not like to book via the internet and we welcome bookings by phone if this is the case. You should also be aware that for your protection we operate a 'money back and nothing else to pay' cancellation policy against death and severe illness. Weekend and day tickets are available for local residents although these need to be prebooked due to the limited number of spaces available.

carillon festivals musical holiday breaks

Keyboard and Organ Festivals - Primarily due to our house move in 2014 it is with some regret that Jackie & myself have decided to concentrate on our Accordion events and finish running O/K festivals. We have therefore handed them over to our friends Andrew Nix and Tony Stace. We wish them well and you can find their contact details here .

Please be aware that currently the links below are to our old website and do not link back to this page yet.

For Past Festival Pictures, Programmes and Info - click the links below

Eastbourne Music Festivals Audience
February O&K 2002
Tim Flint.
September O&K 2002
Glyn Madden
February O&K 2003
John Dalley.
September O&K 2003
Andrew Nix.
February O&K 2004
Harry Hussey and John Romero.
Feb Accordion 2004
Chris Powell.
October O&K 2004
Eastbourne Accordion Festival.
Feb Accordion 2005
Rod Pooley and James Asher
February O&K 2005 
Chiho Sunamoto
May O&K 2005
Richard Bower, Adele and Sarah Foley, Tim Flint and Jean Martyn 
September O&K 2005
John Romero with Anne Reed 
December 2005
Charlie Watkins
February Accordion 2006
Howard Beaumont
February O&K 2006
John Walker, Tony Stace and Andrew Nix
May O&K 2006
Eastbourne Organ and Keyboard festival 2006
September O&K 2006
Pearl Adriano and Harry Hussey
October Accordion 2006
February Accordion 2007
February Accordion 2007
February 2007
February O&K 2007
May OK 2007
May O&K 2007
September OK 2007
September O&K 2007
Oleg Sharov
October Accordion 2007
February Accordion 2008
February Accordion 2008
Andrew Nix
February O&K 2008
Chris Powell
April O&K 2008
V Competition Weekend 2008
V Competition Weekend 2008
Gennaro Fiondella
Accordion Teaching Week 2008
Bret Wales
September O&K 2008
Crawley Accordion Orchestra
October Accordion 2008
Richard Adey and Harry Hussey
February Accordion 2009
Carillon Festivals Organ and Keyboard Festival
February O&K 2009
Tim Butterworth
September O&K 2009
David Lukins
October Accordion 2009
Jack Emblow
February Accordion 2010
Elizabeth Harrison
February O&K 2010
Pete Shaw
May O&K 2010

September O&K 2010

October Accordion 2010

February Accordion 2011

February O&K 2011

September O&K 2011

October Accordion 2011

February Accordion 2012

February O&K 2012

September O&K 2012

October Accordion 2012

February Accordion 2013

February O&K 2013

September O&K 2013

October Accordion 2013

February Accordion 2014

February O&K 2014

February Accordion 2015

 

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