Chamberlain & Haywood
From Piazzolla to the lovely slow movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, the programme unfolded one delight after another
Two virtuosos create explosive combination
Duo - Instrumental
- Paul Chamberlain - Accordion
- Michael Haywood - Soprano Saxophone, Clarinet, Violin, Whistle
Our concerts take the audience on a world tour with Argentinian Tango, Balkan, French and Eastern European music alongside a couple of more jazz influenced pieces and something from the more traditional classical repertoire such as Brahms, Saint-Saëns or Mozart as well as one or two solo accordion pieces. The various different instrument combinations provide a nice contrast within the programme, and we engage with the audience introducing our programme throughout the concert.
With a fresh take on world music Paul and Michael take their instruments on an international tour – enjoy the sultry sounds of the Tango, the rhythmic drive of the Balkans, along with rip-roaring tunes from Russia and Scotland. Virtuoso playing and fresh musical ideas, Paul and Michael explore the potential of their instruments in a way that is exciting and engaging. They take the strength of each instrument's traditions and blend them into their own unique brand of fusion music. The result is a vibrant, intriguing and occasionally explosive mix of music that crosses cultural boundaries.
Both musicians grew up in Southern Scotland, and a common interest in traditional music brought them together. Whilst still maintaining these traditional roots, the combination of Michael's jazz influenced style, and Paul's classical training come together to create a dynamic performance bursting with energy – the various instrumental combinations add even more to the diversity, resulting in a concert programme which appeals to a wide range of audiences.
Paul Chamberlain was one of the first classical accordionists to graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where he studied with Djordje Gajic. He completed a BMus (Hons) degree and subsequently graduated from the conservatoire with a Master of Music Performance with Distinction. Whilst studying there he was awarded the acclaimed Governors Recital Prize for Keyboard, and was also one of the keyboard section finalists in the 2011 Royal Overseas League competition.
Michael Haywood is a talented multi-instrumentalist and has appeared in many of the country's leading venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sage Gateshead, The Barbican London, and has played on BBC Radio Scotland. He studied music at Newcastle University and spent three years working for Live Music Now, a prestigious scheme founded by Yehudi Menuhin and has provided hundreds of concerts across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.