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Accordionists for Oktoberfest parties. Playing French, German, Italian, Russian and Polish music. UK Wide.

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Derek C - Accordionist Get quote

PRICE: from £325 (2x 1 hour) additional time for very nominal fee. | compare prices

Biography - About us

If you're looking to elevate the ambiance of your event with a touch of European flair, hiring an accordionist is the perfect choice. Derek is a Bavarian accordionist extraordinaire, who effortlessly embodies the spirit of Europe, be it at an Oktoberfest Bier Festival in traditional Lederhosen or adorned in French, Italian, or Russian attire, playing the music of those countries. Derek boasts a vast repertoire of thousands of songs, including lively polkas, enchanting waltzes, and charming folk tunes from various countries. He's in high demand for mixed European weddings, wine tasting soirées, Oktoberfests, beer festivals, and Beaujolais nights. His talents have garnered interest from as far as France, Switzerland, and across Europe, despite the abundance of accordionists in those regions.

Derek's journey with the accordion began at the tender age of 12, and he honed his skills at the prestigious Royal Military School of Music, where he played professionally for an impressive nine years. Notably, he spent three years captivating audiences at Cafe Rouge, showcasing his musical prowess. We've had the pleasure of knowing Derek for many years, as he's also a valued member of our Scottish dance band, The Highland Reelers. We were fortunate to record and film his mesmerizing performance, a visual and auditory treat that's bound to captivate you and your guests.

When you choose Derek, you're not just hiring an accordionist; you're inviting a European musical journey to enchant your event. Your guests will undoubtedly be as entranced as we are by his extraordinary talents.

What we do and FAQ's

How long does it take you to set up?
About half an hour

How much performance space do you need?
Width: 2m x Depth:2m

Are you happy to perform outside?
Yes, as long as undercover in case of bad weather

Can you learn requests or a first dance?
Yes, with 3 weeks notice.

How long do you play for?
As required but typically 2 sets of an hour or 3 sets of 45 minutes.

Do you provide your own lighting?
Ambient light is sufficient.

What do you do during your break(s)
I can plug an iPod into my amplifier for background music but not if just playing acousticly.

My venue has a sound limiter – is that a problem?
These have never been a problem for me.

Where are you based?
Essex based covering Kent, London, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire Suffolk & UK

Repertoire - the music/songs we play

Derek has a repertoire of 1000's of songs including

including Polkas, Waltzes and Folk Tunes
and many other regional styles

French Songs
A Fond La Caisse


Testimonials and reviews

"I had the pleasure of hiring Derek for our Essex Oktoberfest Extravaganza, and he truly wowed the crowd with his accordion skills! He added a delightful touch of authenticity to our event, and his music had everyone clapping and dancing. Derek's performance made our Oktoberfest unforgettable. If you're looking for an accordionist, he's the one to go to!"
Sarah Merrett, Oktoberfest Extravaganza, Essex

"Derek made our 'Italian Inspired' wedding celebration unforgettable with his accordion performance. The melodies he played during our special day were pure perfection. His music filled the air with joy and love, creating a magical backdrop for our most cherished moments. We couldn't be happier with Derek's performance on our big day, especially with everyone singing along to the Italian classics like 'That's Amore' and 'O Sole Mio'. The effort he went to with dressing in the Italian national costume was amazing and he really set the scene."
Emily Harper, Wedding, Kent

"Derek's accordion magic truly elevated our London Oktoberfest Spectacular! The way he effortlessly maneuvered his accordion had everyone captivated, and his repertoire was diverse, appealing to all our guests. Derek's performance added a touch of Bavarian charm to our event, making it an absolute hit. We can't wait to have him back next year!"
Tom, Oktoberfest Bier Festival, Alexandra Palace, London

"Derek played at our restaurant in Colchester and his accordion melodies were nothing short of enchanting. The soft serenades from his accordion set the perfect mood for a romantic evening. Our guests couldn't stop complimenting the atmosphere he created. Derek is the ideal choice for any restaurant looking to add a touch of magic to their ambiance."
Patrick, Restaurant Owner, Essex

"Hiring Derek for our Charity garden party was the best decision we'd made! His accordion tunes added a unique and delightful touch to our event. The melodies filled the air as our guests mingled and some people were just mesmerised. Derek's performance was the talk of the party. He was not just an accordionist; he was the centrepiece of our gathering. Thank you, Derek, for making our event truly special!"
Virginia Hayes, Organiser, Essex

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