Killyglen Accordion Orchestra has retained the All Ireland Championship after a successful outing at the North of Ireland Bands Association competition in Armagh on October 11.
The competition is the premier organisation for bands throughout the North of Ireland and currently has seventy member bands. The Association provides a service to flute, brass, military (concert) and accordion bands within one organisation.
Killyglen performed two pieces in the Championship Accordion section: ‘A Klezmer Karnival’ by Philip Sparke, and ‘Journey into the Unknown’ which was composed by the orchestra’s musical director, David Hawthorne.
The adjudicator commented that the orchestra had ‘made this piece work and it was ‘enjoyable to listen to.’ In April the orchestra won the Advanced Orchestra section at the National Accordion Orchestra British Championships in Liverpool. They are planning next year’s events and are keen to hear from anyone interested in performing with them. Practice is in Glynn Village Hall on Wednesday evenings.