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Sat, 12 Apr

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St Mary's Church Guildford

Duo Niepold Cutting

Bal / Concert and Musicians Workshop - an afternoon and evening with two of the most soulful musicians on the European folk scene.

Duo Niepold Cutting
Duo Niepold Cutting

Time & Location

12 Apr 2025, 15:30 – 22:00 BST

St Mary's Church Guildford, Quarry St, Guildford GU1 3UA, UK

About the event

Workshop 3:30 - 5:45 pm, Bal / Concert 7:45 - 10:00 pm

We felt a real zing of excitement putting together this bal / concert and workshop with Anne Niepold and Andy Cutting, two of the most intelligent and soulful musicians on the European folk music scene. The opportunity to fill the beautiful space at St Mary’s Church with wonderful dance-inducing music was irresistible!

A magical collaboration between two great musicians and friends, Anne Niepold and Andy Cutting bring together two very particular musical universes with intelligence and mischievousness. Two strong personalities in the small world of the diatonic accordion. A meeting to challenge, to be inspired.

  • Because the concert can be danced and the bal is listened to.
  • Because the accordion is not cheesy.
  • Because the world definitely needs mixtures.

Preview: Duo Niepold Cutting, Playtime (composed by Anne Niepold)

Musicians Workshop 3:30 - 5:45 pm

For squeezebox players - a wonderful chance to spend some quality time with Anne and Andy to learn about their unique approaches to interpreting and playing music. Be prepared to try something new and explore ways of making the music you play your own.

Bal / Concert 7:45 -10:00 pm

We wanted to set up a welcoming space in the beautiful nave of St Mary’s Church for dancers and listeners alike. Anne’s and Andy's gorgeous tunes are totally captivating and their infectious groove will make it difficult to stay seated! There will be a seated area with a good view of the stage, as well as room for dancing.

Anne Niepold (Belgium) is an extraordinary accordionist and composer. As a performer she is a true force of nature; brash, adventurous and phenomenally skilled. She takes the humble accordion in startling directions; she has always had a reputation for breaking the conventions around this instrument, never hesitating to take it out of her comfort zone. Beside her solo projects, she performs with numerous arts companies at home and abroad, and has numerous recordings to her name. A passionate tutor with almost 20 years experience, Anne holds a masters degree in composition and arrangement from the prestigious Brussels Royal Conservatoire and has taught courses for all levels of ability across Belgium, and in France and Germany.

Andy Cutting (England) is a soulful and technically outstanding diatonic accordion player with an ear for a fine tune. He is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. Andy has been a consistent musical force since he came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. Many would say that Andy is a living legend – he is a 3 times winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the year Award, adored by fellow musicians and audiences alike. As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy’s influences extend way beyond these isles, particularly to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition.

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