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A young musician determined to raise the international profile of the accordion as a classical instrument will perform at the Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Paul Chamberlain, winner of the prestigious Governors’ Recital Prize for keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is not only touring the UK but launching a CD, entitled Accordion Sensations.

The programme includes some of his own music and arrangements of Monti’s famous Czardas, the slow movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and pieces by Weber, Piazzolla and Khachaturian.

Paul will be joined at Fareham by multi-instrumentalist Michael Hayward, playing saxophone, violin, clarinet and whistles.

Paul’s first CD, The Classical Accordion, was released in 2011 to critical acclaim. He has already performed in Russia, California, Finland, Greece and Bahrain, and last year made his first appearance in the long-established Manchester Mid-Days concert series.

Tickets cost £12 (concessions £10) from 01329 223100.