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Another Op’nin, Another Show
Composer: Cole Porter
From the musical “Kiss Me Kate” based on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”

The Steppe is Everywhere Around
Russian Folk Song
The Steppe is a vast area of grassland plains without trees stretching from Moldavia through Ukraine to Siberia. 

Palladio
Composer: Karl Jenkins
Inspired by the 16th century architect Andrea Palladio
1st movement from Palladio Suite which was used for the De Beers diamonds advert

Quy Waltz
Composer: Jane Ward
Quy is the name of the village where the Cambridge Accordion Club rehearse.  Jane used to be President of the club.

Schindler’s List
Composer: John Williams
Original soundtrack of the 1993 film
The album won an Academy Award and BAFTA award for “Best Original Score”

La Partida
Composer: Carlos Bonnet
Venezuelan Waltz , the title translates as  – The Departure

Bare Necessities
Composer: Terry Gilkyson
From the 1967 Disney film “The Jungle Book”

El Choclo
Composer: Angel Villoldo
One of the most popular tangos in Argentina
Allegedly written in honour of and taking it’s title from the nickname of the proprietor of a nightclub, known as “El Choclo”

Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Composer: Music by Elton John   Lyrics by Tim Rice
From the 1994 Disney animated film “The Lion King”.
The song was a No 1 hit in France but only reached No 14 in the UK

Katjuscha
Composer: Matvei Blanter
“Little Catherine” is a  Russian wartime song composed in 1938.  It tells the story of a young woman, Katjuscha, standing on a high riverbank singing of her beloved, who is a soldier serving on the border far away.

Blow The Wind Southerly
Traditional English folk song from Northumbria

Dark Eyes
Composer: Florian Hermann
There is some dispute that this is not a Russian Traditional folk song, but a cabaret song

Scarborough Fair
A traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough.
The song relates to the tale of a young man who instructs the listener  to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that  if she completes these tasks he will take her back.

Yosel Yosel
Composers: Samuel Steinberg and Natalie Cashman.    Arranged by Reiner Oberbeck
“Joseph Joseph” is a traditional Jewish song written in 1923. Sammy Cahn put English lyrics to it and it became a big hit for the Andrews Sisters during WW2.

Rock Around The Clock
Composer: Max C Freedman and Jimmy De Knight .
Composed in 1952, it is a rock and roll song in the 12-bar blues format.  It was a No 1 hit in both the UK and USA.

Scalia
Composer: Reiner Oberbeck
A music teacher at a private school in Bruchsal, Germany. Set up his own homepage with more than 50 klezmer arrangements and original compositions with free public access

Music To Watch Girls By
Composer: Sidney “Sid” Ramin
Originally recorded by The Bob Crewe Generation as an instrumental track.
A vocal recording was made by Andy Williams, featuring lyrics written by Tony Velona, which reached the Top Ten in the charts. (It was covered by Leonard Nimoy, renamed Music To Watch Space Girls By, in 1967)

Intermezzo in Blue
Composer: Renato Bui
A prolific composer of accordion orchestral pieces, much loved by accordionists across the world.

La Mer
Written by French composer, lyricist, singer and showman Charles Trenet
The song was first recorded by the French singer Roland Gerbeau in 1945. Trenet recorded his own version in 1946, which became an unexpected hit when it was released and has remained a chanson classic and jazz standard ever since.

Beguine for Bert
Composer: Jane Ward
"I was encouraged to try my hand at composing by Bert SSantilly, founder of the Cambridge Accordion Club and good friend.  When I had written Quy Waltz I couldn’t think of anything else to do.  Bert suggested I try a Beguine – hence Beguine For Bert".

Brubeck’s Dance
Composer: Reiner Oberbeck (Very) loosely based on Take Five, a jazz piece composed by Paul Desmond and  originally recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet for its 1959 album “Time Out”. Two years later Take Five became the biggest-selling jazz single ever.

My Way
My Way is a song popularized in 1969 by Frank Sinatra. Its lyrics were written by Paul Anka and set to the music of the French song “Comme d’habitude”, co-composed and co-written (with Jacques Revaux) and performed in 1967 by Claude Francois. Anka’s English lyrics are unrelated to the original French song. Sinatra’s version of My
Way spent 75 weeks in the UK Top 40. 

Dambusters’ March
Composer: Eric Coates Soundtrack for the 1955 film The Dam Busters. Also used by Lincoln City FC fans after their team scores a goal! A shortened orchestral version was used for the film James Bond and The Queen in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.