World Accordion Festival

Mullagh, Cavan based Accora Orchestra are World Champions

Winning two World Titles at the World Music Festival in Austria


The World Music Festival was held in Innsbruck, Austria from May 30th to June 2nd where 387 ensembles and orchestras competed to be crowned the best in the world.   Accora Orchestra, who are based in Mullagh, Co. Cavan and have musicians from Cavan, Meath, Kildare and Dublin, won a magnificent two 1st  places. 


The  Accora Youth Orchestra led by musical director Yvonne Chilton scooped the top prize in the Akkordeon-Orchester Schuler Elementarstufe (Accordion Orchestra Kids Elementary Level), while the Accora Senior Orchestra led by musical director, John Chilton, were awarded 1st with an Outstanding standard in the Akkordeon-Ensemble mit Dirigent erwachsene Oberstufe (Accordion Ensemble with Conductor Adults Advanced Level).



The Accora Youth Orchestra performed Suite Contraire by Hermann Illenberger on Saturday morning in Messe Theatre. The young musicians, ranging in age from 9-19 years, performed 4 movements of the piece without sheet music.  The jury complemented their musical director Yvonne Chilton on tutoring these young children to such a high standard and were blown away by the way they followed her direction to such perfection.



The Senior Orchestra performed Variations on an Original Theme by Eddie Harris and arranged by their musical director John Chilton. The Jury was again very complimentary of the standard and in particular John Chilton’s arrangement of this very well-known piece and the way it was executed to perfection.


40 people including musicians, families and supporters travelled to Innsbruck, Austria for this prestigious event that included competing orchestras from Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, Croatia, Austria, Moldova, United Kingdom, and Spain.   

Margaret McKeon-Boyle

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Yvonne Chilton

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Accora Orchestra & Chilton

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Sara Brennan

Music Director

Accora Orchestra




14 Aug 2019


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