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The East Anglia Concertina Players

are proud to present


A workshop day of concertina band music

The next one will be on Sunday June 8th 2014

at Stamford, Lincolnshire

In the Ballroom of the Arts Centre

from 10am to 5 pm

The day will be led by Paul Barrett



The East Anglia Concertina Players

We are a small group of players who meet in the Norwich area, normally on a monthly basis and on a Thursday evening.  Members travel from Suffolk, Lincolnshire and various parts of Norfolk , so sometimes there will be a dozen of us attending, sometimes less, much depends on the weather .


Between us we have attended and enjoyed Concertina Band events at Kilve, Sidmouth, Witney, Mexborough, Maulden, Swaledale and Whitby.   We now present our own event for the East of England and have chosen Stamford in Lincolnshire as being a suitable venue, being close to the A1 and A14  roads. We have been fortunate enough to book the magnificent Ballroom in the Stamford Arts Centre for the day, a room that can seat 200 persons easily. The Arts Centre is located in the town centre and also houses the Tourist Information Office, and has nearby car parking (free on Sundays) and a good selection of food and drink outlets within 5 minutes walking distance.

Ironically, most of our members will need to travel for almost 2 hours to be at this venue !

Stamford is a small historic town just off the A1 road, 12 miles North of Peterborough. It has a railway station that is within 5 minutes walk of the Arts Centre and with links to the main lines at Peterborough and Leicester. Apart from the town itself there are plenty of nearby attractions for non-players, such as Burghley House and Rutland Water.

The plan for the day is very similar to previous years and the successful days held by the Yorkshire Concertina Club at Mexborough, and to start at 10 AM and be introduced to several pieces of music in the morning session, and in the afternoon to refine one or two of them before going all out for the Showcase version. Following that will be an opportunity for anyone to show us their "Party Pieces" before we need to vacate the premises at 5 PM.

The music will be led by Paul Barrett, who you may have met at Sidmouth, Kilve, Mexborough or Whitby.

Although our style of music is aimed predominantly at the English system, we do have an Anglo player in our team, and would welcome any other systems who want to try part playing. Our competence level is aimed at intermediate - and pushing upwards where we can. If you are comfortable playing "from the dots" and listening to what the leader tells you, you will have an instructive and enjoyable day.

We will have our own coffee and tea making facilities in the Arts Centre. There are plenty of nearby food outlets, or you are welcome to bring your own food. 

It is intended that we will have a raffle, with a glittering array of breathtaking prizes.

After much deliberation we have decided upon a fee of 10.00 which will include tea or coffee and all tuition and music. 

The event will be advertised at Kilve in March, and at our previous events players have come from Bedfordshire, Kent and Sussex.

If you would like to be part of this event please contact me by email or telephone, it will help us to organise such small items as how many sheets of the music to print and how many tea bags to order.



For further information please email me at

or Tel. 01526 323012  where the answer machine is always available.


Useful addresses

Stamford Arts Centre   27 St. Mary's Street,  Stamford,  Lincs.   PE9 2DL  

Tel 01780 763203


Stamford Tourist Information Centre  27 St. Mary's Street,  Stamford,  Lincs.   PE9 2DL

Tel 01780 755611



 For a street map click on this link:-

Stamford Arts Centre

There is a large car park only two minutes walk away from the Arts Centre at Wharf Road.

From the South and A1

After passing RAF Wittering ,on your left take the Stamford turn.

Down the hill into town.

Straight on at the traffic lights, over the river bridge, and turn immediately right into Wharf Road.

The car park is 300 yards on  the right.

From the North  and A1

Leave the A1 following the signs for Stamford.

Follow the road through the traffic lights, the Market Place, and the street with shops.

The road turns right at St. Mary's church, then down the hill to the traffic lights.

Turn left into Wharf Road.

The car park is 300 yards on  the right.