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WELCOME TO THE

DORSET ACCORDION ORCHESTRA (D.A.O.)

Creating music & memories through friendship & laughter

Based in Bournemouth Dorset, the D.A.O. is a group of passionate accordion players who come together weekly to create and perform music in a warm friendly safe environment.

With over 25 members playing a range of different styles of music including classical, contemporary, musicals and music from around the world, our ethos is to play, perform and promote the accordion instrument throughout the South of England with a smile.

Do you play the accordion?

Would you like to play along with others?

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Can you play the piano and would like to try something new?

Are you an accomplished percussionist?

If any of the above strikes a chord with you, reach out to us, we would love to hear from you!   

Dorset Accordion Orchestra
Dorset Accordion Orchestra

Photography by Richard Crease

Videography by Rob Haywood & Andy Hague

RECENT & UPCOMING SHOWS

Saturday 7th December 2024 : St Andrews Church, Kinson : PUBLIC

Tuesday 26th November 2024 : King's Park Care Home, Ferndown : PRIVATE

Monday 4th November 2024 : Streets Meadow Care Home : PRIVATE

Tuesday 22nd October 2024 : Ferndown Blind Club : PRIVATE

Saturday 13th July 2024 : 'DAO & FRIENDS' : Summer Concert : St Mary's Catholic Church, Poole : PUBLIC

Thursday 13th June 2024 : Friendship Club, Verwood : PRIVATE

Thursday 30th May 2024 : Trefoil Club, Ferndown : PRIVATE

Sunday 26th May 2024 : Picnic & Play Event, Alderholt : PUBLIC

Saturday 9th March 2024 : St James' Church, Alderholt : PUBLIC

Saturday 9th December 2023 : Christmas Concert : St Andrew's Church, Kinson : PUBLIC

Thursday 16th November 2023 : Ladies Friendship Group : PRIVATE

Tuesday 10th October 2023 : Ferndown Blind Club : PRIVATE

Saturday 15th July 2023 : Retired Nurses National Home : PRIVATE

Saturday 8th July 2023 : Joint Summer Concert With The Kennet Accordion Orchestra : St Andrew's Church, Kinson : PUBLIC

Friday 16th June 2023 : Amazing Greys Club, Kinson : PRIVATE

Thursday 25th May 2023 : Trefoil Club, Ferndown : PRIVATE

Monday 3rd April 2023 : Streets Meadows Care Home, Wimborne : PRIVATE

Saturday 10th December 2022 : St Andrew's Church, Kinson : PUBLIC

Thursday 1st December 2022 : Go Ahead Ladies Club, Broadstone : PRIVATE

Monday 21st November 2022 : Streets Meadows Care Home, Wimborne : PRIVATE

Friday 11th November 2022 : Riverdale Court, Christchurch : PRIVATE

Friday 7th October 2022 : Over 60's Club, Poole : PRIVATE

Christmas Concert | St Andrews Church  | DORSET ACCORDION ORCHESTRA | 2023
01:05:12
The Dorset Accordion Orchestra perform their one hour Christmas Concert at St Andrews Church in Kinson, Bournemouth on 09/12/2023. Running order: 00:00:00 - Welcome by the D.A.O. Musical Director Andy Hague 00:01:11 - Sleigh Ride 00:06:17 - Second Waltz 00:11:34 - The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 00:15:30 - Aces High (Luftwaffe March) Featuring Ray Wood 00:20:24 - Feelings 00:26:43 - A New World Christmas 00:33:13 - Eventide-Fall 00:37:52 - On The 13th Day Of Christmas, My True Love Phoned Me Up Poem - Featuring Erica Pretty 00:41:03 - Carpenters Remembered 00:50:58 - We Need A Little Christmas 00:57:37 - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 01:01:24 - We Wish You A Merry Christmas 01:02:02 - Conclusion 01:02:28 - Highlights Based in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK, the D.A.O. is a group of passionate accordion players who come together weekly to create and perform music in a warm friendly safe environment. ​With over 20 members playing a range of different styles of music including classical, contemporary, musicals and music from around the world, our ethos is to play, perform and promote the accordion instrument throughout the South of England with a smile. Website : https://dorsetaccordionorc.wixsite.com/website Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057733357505 Email : dorsetaccordionorchestra@gmail.com Musical Director : Andy Hague 1st Section : A. Brittain | S. Peckover | H. Lovell | M. Wright | C. Sylvester | J. Bluck | L. Miller 2nd Section : C. Carrington | A. Homer | P. Harris | A. Burden 3rd Section : N. Pasby | J. Ruff | S. Sims | H. Haigh Harmonica - A. Bluck 4th Section : D. Prugel-Bennett | H. Newton Bass Section : E. Pretty | G. Lovell | G. Fatt Percussion : M. Barnard | R. Wood Videographer : Rob Hayward (Venture Videos) Photographer : Richard Crease ________________________________________________________________________ Sleigh Ride (Composer : Leroy Anderson - Arranger : Al Terzo) Second Waltz (Composer : Dmitri Shostakovich) The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Composer : Eddie Pola - Arranger : Al Terzo) Aces High (Composer : Ron Goodwin - Arranger : Andy Hague) Feelings (Composer : Morris Albert - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) A New World Christmas (Composer : Traditional/Various - Arranger : Peter Ayers) Eventide-Fall (Composer : Alfred Bosendorfer - Arranger : Gerd Huber) On The 13th Day Of Christmas, My True Love Phoned Me Up (Poet : Dave Calder) Carpenters Remembered (Composer : Richard Carpenter - Arranger : Al Terzo) We Need A Little Christmas (Composer : Jerry Herman - Arranger : Al Terzo) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Composers : Hugh Martin - Arranger : Al Terzo) We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional)
Summer Joint Concert | St Andrews Church | DORSET & KENNET ACCORDION ORCHESTRAS | 2023
01:27:26
The Dorset Accordion Orchestra and Kennet Accordion Orchestra combined for a joint summer concert at St Andrews Church in Kinson, Bournemouth on 08/07/2023. Running order: DORSET ACCORDION ORCHESTRA 00:00:00 - Indiana Jones 00:03:00 - Tediphants & Woozles 00:06:35 - The Trolley Song featuring Erica Pretty 00:12:38 - Beatles Remembered 00:21:05 - Friends Forever ANDY HAGUE 00:26:32 - American Express 00:29:10 - Fisarmonica Impazzita KENNET ACCORDION ORCHESTRA 00:31:14 - Back To The Future 00:33:50 - Genesis 00:38:18 - Simply The Best 00:43:09 - Ave Maria 00:49:17 - Heal The World 00:53:45 - Two Movements DORSET & KENNET JOINT ORCHESTRA 00:59:43 - Banana Rock 01:03:25 - Riflessi 01:08:31 - A Summers Place 01:12:28 - My Secret Love Song featuring David Hall 01:16:48 - The Lonely Shepherd 01:20:37 - Hopelessly Devoted To You 01:23:55 - I Will Follow Him 01:26:27 - Credits DAO: Musical Director : Andy Hague 1st Section : Angelina Brittain - Honey Lovell - Melanie Wright - Carol Sylvester - Jenny Bluck - Lynn Miller 2nd Section : Nigel Pasby - Isabel Sinclair - Annie Homer - Patricia Harris 3rd Section : Sammie Peckover - Judy Ruff - Sue Stein - Harry Haigh 4th Section : Helen Newton, Doris Prugel-Bennett Bass Section : Erica Pretty - Gary Fatt Harmonica - Alan Bluck Percussion : Matthew Barnard - Raymond Wood Also members : Maggie Nicoll - Graham Lovell - Jon Gover - Price Sinclair - Valerie Antell - Terry Jordan - Sue Stein - Greg Cannon Based in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK, the D.A.O. is a group of passionate accordion players who come together weekly to create and perform music in a warm friendly safe environment. ​With over 20 members playing a range of different styles of music including classical, contemporary, musicals and music from around the world, our ethos is to play, perform and promote the accordion instrument throughout the South of England with a smile. Website : https://dorsetaccordionorc.wixsite.com/website Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057733357505 Email : dorsetaccordionorchestra@gmail.com KAO: Musical Director : Nigel Pasby 1st Section : David Hall - Sammie Peckover 2nd Section : Jane Saunders - Angelina Brittain - Gennaro Fiondella 3rd Section : Paul Johnson - Doreen Hall - Andy Hague - Collette McKeown 4th Section : Helen Newton Bass Section : Dodie Toomey - Erica Pretty Percussion : Matthew Barnard Also members : Richard Brumming - Veronica Bullard - Ray Lewis - Franco Gregorace The Kennet Accordion Orchestra, now based in Hungerford, Berkshire has been established for over thirty years, comprising enthusiastic accordionists of mixed playing abilities from Hungerford, Newbury, Kintbury, Swindon and Great Somerford. Their common passion for the accordion has enabled the Orchestra to perform at numerous venues supporting local charities and fund raising activities, as well as competing at a number of Music Festivals nationally. Also they have had several international tours, performing at some quite stunning venues. Website : https://www.kennetaccordionorchestra.com Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/thekennetaccordionorchestra Email : kennetaccordions@btinternet.com ________________________________________________________________________ Indianan Jones (Composer : John Williams - Arranger : Al Terzo) Tediphants & Woozles (Composers : Various - Arranger : Sammie Peckover) The Trolley Song (Composers : Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane - Arranger : Al Terzo) Beatles Remembered (Composers : John Lennon & Paul McCartney - Arranger : Al Terzo) Friends Forever (Composer & Arranger : Jacob De Hann) American Express (Composers : Various - Arranger : Gary Blair) Fisarmonica Impazzita (Composers : Corino & Nabbini - Arranger : Don Quarttrocchi) Back To The Future (Composer : Alan Silvestri - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) Genesis (Composer : Rossano Galante - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) Simply The Best (Composers : Mike Chapman & Holly Knight - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) Ave Maria (Composers : Giulio Caccini - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) Heal The World (Composer : Michael Jackson - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) Two Movements (Composer : Kees Valk - Arranger : Gerd Huber) Banana Rock (Composer : Steve McMillan - Arranger : Gerd Huber) Riflessi (Composer : Michele Netti - Arranger : Gerd Huber) A Summers Place (Composer : Max Steiner - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) My Secret Love Song (Composer : Kees Vlak - Arragner : Gerd Huber) The Lonely Shepherd (Composer : James Last - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) Hopelessly Devoted To You (Composer : John Farrar - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) I Will Follow Him (Composer : Franck Pourcel - Arranger : Nigel Pasby)
Christmas Concert | St Andrews Church  | DORSET ACCORDION ORCHESTRA | 2022
01:09:07
The Dorset Accordion Orchestra perform their one hour Christmas Concert at St Andrews Church in Kinson, Bournemouth on 10/12/2022. Running order: 00:00:00 - Welcome by Simon Wareham of St Andrews Church 00:01:09 - Introduction by the D.A.O. Musical Director Andy Hague 00:01:57 - A Christmas Festival 00:09:44 - The Frog Chorus 00:12:58 - Einzug Der Sieger 00:17:14 - Mary's Boy Child 00:20:55 - Erica Pretty - Twas The Night Before Christmas Poem 00:25:27 - Les Misérables Selection 00:36:21 - Winter Wonderland 00:38:52 - Donkey Serenade 00:44:13 - White Christmas 00:48:03 - The Young Amadeus 00:53:36 - Nigel Pasby & Helen Newton - Forgotten Dreams Duet 00:57:24 - ABBA Gold Selection 01:04:06 - D.A.O. Members Introduction 01:06:32 - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 01:08:17 - We Wish You A Merry Christmas 01:08:43 - Conclusion Based in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK, the D.A.O. is a group of passionate accordion players who come together weekly to create and perform music in a warm friendly safe environment. ​With over 20 members playing a range of different styles of music including classical, contemporary, musicals and music from around the world, our ethos is to play, perform and promote the accordion instrument throughout the South of England with a smile. Website : https://dorsetaccordionorc.wixsite.com/website Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057733357505 Email : dorsetaccordionorchestra@gmail.com Musical Director : Andy Hague 1st Section : Melanie Wright, Honey Lovell, Angelina Brittain, Jenny Bluck 2nd Section : Greg Cannon, Nigel Pasby, Patricia Harris 3rd Section : Sue Stein, Judy Ruff, Harry Haigh Harmonica - Alan Bluck 4th Section : Helen Newton, Doris Bennett Bass Section : Graham Lovell, Gary Fatt, Erica Pretty Percussion : Ray Wood, Matthew Newton Also members of the D.A.O. Valarie Antell, Carol Sylvester, Isabel Sinclair, Sue Simms, Price Sinclair Cameraman : Rob Hayward (Venture Videos) ________________________________________________________________________ A Christmas Festival (Composer : Leroy Anderson - Arranger : Martin Hommerich) The Frog Chorus (Composer : Paul McCartney - Arranger : Sammie Peckover) Einzug Der Sieger (Composer : Georg Friedrich Handel) Mary's Boy Child (Composer : Jester Hairston) Twas The Night Before Christmas (Writer : Clement Clarke Moore) Les Misérables Selection (Composer : Claude-Michel Schonberg - Arranger : Al Terzo) Winter Wonderland (Composer : Felix Bernard - Arranger : Heinz Waldvogel) Donkey Serenade (Composer : Rudolph Friml - Arranger : Al Terzo) White Christmas (Composer : Irving Berlin - Arranger : Sammie Peckover) The Young Amadeus (Composer : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Traditional Arranger : Tom Parker - Arranger : Nigel Pasby) Forgotten Dreams (Composer : Leroy Anderson) ABBA Gold (Composers : Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus & Stig Anderson) Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Composers : Hugh Martin) We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional)

REHEARSALS

The orchestra rehearses in the hall of St Andrew's Church in Kinson, Bournemouth every Monday evening, meeting at 6:30pm and rehearsing between 7:00pm to 8:45pm with a short break.  It is a very spacious hall with superb acoustics and clean amenities, along with a large car park with good access.  Please drop in and see us!

St Andrew's Church Hall, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH10 7LN. 

PERFORMANCES

The orchestra performs concerts and shows at various venues and events throughout the year.  Each performance is specifically tailored to the individual audiences and can include solos and duets if appropriate.  If you would like the orchestra to perform at your event, please contact us below and Graham, our bookings manager will be in touch swiftly.

FOR SALE

A selection of accordion and music accessories for sale by our members and friends.

Andy Hague | Dorset Accordion Orchestra

MEET OUR MUSICAL DIRECTOR - ANDY HAGUE

Andy began his musical journey at the tender age of 3, being able to read and write music before being able to read a book!  Studying the accordion along with the cornet, organ and percussion, he spent his youth playing in brass bands and accordion orchestras whilst progressing through the grades and competing in regional and national competitions and festivals.

His professional career has seen him travel the world as a singer, yodeller and  accordionist whilst entertaining in such venues as the Birmingham NEC and the  Bournemouth International Centre, along with orchestral work in London's Royal Parks and Cameron Macintosh's show 'Oliver!' in the London Palladium.

His career came to a sudden stop in the summer of 2013, suffering a severe stroke at the age of 37.  With an uncertain future ahead, Andy was forced to give up singing and playing the keys to focus on his recovery.

Fast forward to late 2019, Andy was encouraged to pick up the accordion again by his good friend, and then D.A.O Musical Director Sammie Peckover.  After playing with the orchestra for a short time, Sammie passed the MD Baton to Andy in 2020 reigniting his passion for music once again.

"It is simply a delight to direct the orchestra.  The members are fantastic and there is such a lovely relaxed atmosphere in our rehearsals.  Although I have studied through the ranks and grades, I really lean more towards my performing experiences and drawing on the emotions of the audiences when working with the orchestra.  If we enjoy our rehearsals/concerts and our audiences leave with a smile, then we are achieving our goal."

Andy does provide private lessons on the accordion from his base in Poole or via Zoom over the internet.  If this is of interest please reach out to Andy via the contact form below or give him a call : 07976 850418.

SUPPORTING OUR 2024 SELECTED CHARITY

The MS Centre at West Parley is a Day and Therapy Centre for people and families in Dorset who are living with Multiple Sclerosis.

The centre is located in Church Lane, West Parley and opened in 1985.  It is is independent from the MS Society and is now a 'stand-alone' charity providing support for those with Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological disease.  As the disease progresses people may become isolated so the centre is a hub for social support, friendship and practical resources such as Physiotherapy, Yoga, and crafts.

Social activities include morning coffee and biscuits, a subsidised 2 course lunch and an afternoon cup of tea.  There is a charity shop, a hairdresser, and a Quiet Room for a nap if needed.  There is a modern fleet of adapted minibuses to ferry the members in safety to and from the centre.

 

The centre could not operate without the hard work and goodwill of a team of volunteers (more are always welcome) who drive buses, help with catering, run the shop, socialise with and support our members.

MS Centre Dorset

CONTACT

If you have any questions, queries or enquiries please reach out to us via the contact form below and we will be in touch asap.  Alternatively, you can message us through our Facebook page.

Many thanks, we will be in touch swiftly.