March 31st 2017 saw the start of the 2nd Carillon Accordion Festival in the north of the UK. The Carousel Hotel, near the Pleasure Beach complex on the Blackpool seafront is the new annual home for this great accordion event. Blackpool has a bit of a reputation of being a little run down and perhaps not the most high class of seaside towns but this great boutique hotel venue however bucks this reputation and shows off how Blackpool is changing and moving a little more upmarket.
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.
Our Artists: Harry Hussey, John Penny, Jovan Rnjak, Helen Rich, John Romero, Weaver Valley Accordion Band (Saturday), North Staffs Accordion Orchestra (Sunday)
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
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 Artists: TBA Harry Hussey, John Romero others TBA
Our Teachers : TBA Harry Hussey
Organisations and Traders: The Accordion Shop, Birmingham Accordions, Acorn Instruments, Scotland Accordion, Harry Kipling's "Accordion Treasures", Carillon Studios
Our Artists: Harry Hussey John Romero others TBA
Our Teachers : Harry Hussey John Romero
Organisations and Traders: Acorn Instruments Harry Kipling's "Accordion Treasures" Rob Howard Scotland Accordions 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
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.
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