These are the current Chiltina dates:
The Chiltinas Concertina Group is a young organisation (April 1997) – providing a meeting point for players of the concertina in Bedfordshire, East of England. The Group’s aims are:
- To learn to play the concertina better;
- To learn to play from music;
- To learn to play “by ear” and to accompany singers and songs;
- To learn to play along with other people;
- To learn to get along in sessions.
The group meets once a month usually on the second or third Sunday from about 2.00pm-6.00pm. Interested concertina players should contact for further information or view website.
Meeting venue: St Marys Church Hall, Maulden, Beds.
Publications: The Chiltina Clarion.
We mainly represent three types of concertina. English, Anglo and Duet. It is our intention to continuously improve the service to our members, for which we have several new enthousiastic committee members.
Jeremy Hague has taken up the task of Librarian, indexing and making digital copies of our vast collection of sheet music. This music is available to all our members. Just sent your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. Michel Van der Meiren, a fresh English concertina player from Belgium, is made responsible for the ICA website. Martin Henshaw is added as the Membership Secretary, managing the memberships together with Suzanne Higgins.
We are an organisation for members but also of members. Therefore we hope that you will squeeze along with us. That you will continue to provide us with interesting tips and material for research and publication in all of our publications: Concertina World Magazine (Pauline de Snoo) and Music Supplement (Jon McNamara), PICA and the website.
The ICA has an extensive library, available to members, and a lively quarterly newsletter, “Concertina World” acts as the mouthpiece for the members. Contributions are welcomed (the editor would love to hear from you).
Various concertina-related events have been sponsored by the ICA, including Concertinas at Witney, Kilve Weekend, the Swaledale Squeeze, and the gathering in the nostalgic setting of the Mexborough Concertina Band Club. Individual young players are also sponsored, via bursary awards towards tuition at Concertinas at Witney and the Durham Folkworks Summer School, and a grant to the Hope Valley Squeezebox Project aimed at encouraging the future generation of concertina players to take part in a structured learning activity.
We have an Internet mailing list exclusively for members of the ICA and, of course, this web site. Most of the mainland UK is within 2-3 hours drive of a regular meeting for players — the ICA can help you find one near your home! Several key folk festivals offer concertina workshops. So why not join us now and find out more about concertina events?