Albaccord – trumpet and accordion duo

Albaccord is a trumpet and accordion duo based in Edinburgh.  It has great flexibility to mix and match its instrumentation to move to adding a harp and flugelhorn/keyboards or augment to a trio or quartet with an addition of a tuba player.

Albaccord was born in 2014 after BBC producers got in touch looking for live music for their education tent at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  The emphasis was to have Albaccord as the vehicle promoting classical music.  It was a little prequel to their Ten Pieces scheme which launched in the Autumn of 2014.

Over the course of the festival Finlay’s friend and duo partner, Johannes put together a series of arrangements for trumpet and accordion using numerous themes to introduce classical music to our young audiences.   Finlay and Johannes had only planned for one intensive weekend of performing but were asked to do another after the positive response. This time it was to consider the music of classical composers using animals as their muse.

Johannes and Finlay had a lot of fun trying our ideas out from playing extracts from Saint Saen’s Carnival of the Animals to jazzing things up a little by adding in Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther.

Albaccord has had the opportunity to work in its many forms and guises with the following musicians: John Sampson, Eleanor Hetherington, Shane Brogan and Robert Fraser.

In addition to private clients, Albaccord has worked with numerous corporate clients too over the years. Including, the BBC, The Royal Botanical Gardens, Perth City Council, Fife Sports Council and Edinburgh University.

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