Accordionist

Ben de Souza

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Accordionist
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Ben is a classical accordionist and accordion teacher, who also the Cumberland Ceilidh Band. He is a choral conductor and singer, too.

Ben de Souza is one of Britain’s top young accordion players and is at the forefront of promoting the instrument in this country. He studied with Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music, having previously studied with Romano Viazzani. He has participated in master classes with many of the world’s top accordionists including Friedrich Lips, Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, Bjarke Mogensen, Mie Miki and Matti Rantanen. Ben is a regular recitalist and has performed extensively throughout England, while he is also an active chamber musician, forming partnerships with strings, piano, oboe, soprano and percussion respectively. He has also collaborated with the West Forest Sinfonia Chamber Ensemble, as well as working on new works with composition students at the Academy and Trinity Laban. In May 2018 Ben made his orchestral debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. The accordion takes Ben across the UK and has allowed him to perform in such venues as St David’s Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Stoller Hall, Shoreditch Town Hall, Blackheath Halls, South Hill Park Arts Centre and the Bloomsbury Festival. Away from performing Ben has had a busy career as an accordion teacher in London and previously held the post of visiting accordion teacher at Peter Symonds College, Winchester. He is also a founder member of The Cumberland Ceilidh Band. Ben is an accordion repairer for ZZ Music, having spent time working in Italy at the Beltrami Accordions factory in 2014. Ben is currently studying towards a Masters in Choral Studies at Cambridge University, and has been active as choral singer across the south of England for many years.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Folk, Ceilidh, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre, Opera, Scottish music, Tango
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Clare H, 23 days ago

Couldn't have asked for better! The evening was a lot of fun. Thank you!

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Lottie H, 8 months ago

The band were friendly & helpful. They adapted to our needs without complaint & made the evening a huge success.

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Thomas B, 1 year ago

Fantastic! Everyone at the half Scottish / half English wedding loved them, really great music and very clear calling. In the run up, all communication with Joanna was professional and easy. Thanks for playing so amazingly! Tom

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Bert S, 6 months ago

As a demonstration of the scope of the modern accordion, it couldn’t have been better. Such a range of style and understated expression delivered with excellent technical control, and real soul in your playing. You bring the music to your audience without fuss or histrionics and the impact is the greater for that.

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Romano V, 1 year ago

Ben de Souza incorporates the classical accordion into the chamber ensemble with great success. His reasons for doing so are explained clearly in his introductions to each piece. The final result is illuminating and delivered with artistic refinement.