Programme 2014

Wed 19.2. Kulmalla loves Winter Accordion

Kulmalla loves Winter Accordion-
An Evening of Folk Music


Corner’s Pub 21.00
Torikatu/Torggatan 24

An Evening of Folk Music

A night of busking and jamming for all in the folk music tradition. A surprise one-hour long performance kicks off the evening, followed by a folk music jam session with students from the city conservatory and the Centria vocational school. Come hear jams from around the world – the stage is open to buskers and jammers of all sounds.

Free Admission


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Tue 18.2. Memory Lane – Unto Jutila

Unto Jutila 70 years’ celebration concert –

Melodies from the decades


Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory 19.00
Pitkänsillankatu/Långbrogatan 16


Lars Holm (Anne Yrjänä)

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The evening’s musicians include: Lars Holm, Mika Huusari, Seppo Valkeajoki, Jari Saarenpää, Vilma Wirén, Sonja Vertainen, Eveliina Uitto

Unto Jutila 70-year celebration concert: Tunes from Jutila’s era
Unto Jutila would have turned 70 on December 5. Kokkola Winter Accordion has decided to commemorate the prominent Central Ostrobothnia accordionist by giving a concert in his name.

As far back as the 1960s Unto Jutila was an acclaimed accordionist in dance and performance circles throughout Central Ostrobothnia and later Finland. Jutila had his own dance orchestra until 1978, after which time he focused on composing and teaching. He enjoyed a long teaching career with, among others, the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory. With the help of contacts within the music world, his name became well-known in Finland and beyond in connection with summer accordion events such as Hyvinkään accordion week, Särkät Soi and Toholampi accordion week.
Unto Jutila’s work covers a wide range of subjects and reflects, among other things, the passing of time, his educational influence in the music world and his personal delight in music.

This concert presents the many sides of Jutila’s musical contribution. The performers consist of his musical comrades and youths from the all around the region.

Welcome to memory lane!

Admission 20 €

Memory Lane – Exhibit at Kokkola Library

Ti 18.2. Lastenkonsertti

Sorry, this entry is only available in Finnish and Swedish.

Tue 18.2. Shrove Tuesday

Roskaruka 17.00 -19.00

th13__Page_10Downhill sledding to the beat of the music
Juice served
Warm sausages for sale

Free admission

Mon 17.2. Young virtuosos let loose

Central Ostrobothnian Conservatory 18.00

Ostrobothnian students of music showcase their talent for accordion-playing. Solos, duets, groups and more. Guests from Raahe, Alajärvi and Pietarsaari;

Free admission.

Junior Accordionists from Kokkola in Finland

Kokkola is a very active town for accordionists in Finland. It is where the Winter Accordion Festival, which belongs to the Finland Festivals organisation, takes place. This festival warms the minds and hearts of its participants at the coldest time of the year, in the middle of frosty February. The continuum of accordion playing is cultivated in Kokkola by dynamic accordion lessons for young people, of which one very important part is the Junioriharmonikat orchestra. Raimo Vertainen, accordion teacher at the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory, wields the baton for the orchestra and runs the Winter Accordion Festival.

“The youth accordion orchestra was founded some ten years ago in support of basic education in the arts at the Central Ostrobothnia Conservatory. We music teachers felt that, in addition to individual music lessons, young players would greatly benefit from learning the ropes of playing in an orchestra.”

Raimo’s Philosophy
When the orchestra started, it only had five or six members. Today, the orchestra has 34 energetic 6 to 16-year-old accordion virtuosos playing in it, following the method based on Raimo Vertainen’s philosophy.
-“Kids always enter the orchestra via percussion instruments. In the beginning, the new player beats time with the orchestra and little by little, as their skills increase, they start to join in with the accordion in more and more pieces. Finally, they know the whole repertoire,” Raimo Vertainen says.

Extensive Repertoire
The list of songs played by the Junioriharmonikat orchestra is very wide ranging: it includes classical, rock, pop, folk and musicals of all kinds. One purpose of this is to acquaint the young players with various genres of music. In rehearsals, they play everything from children’s songs to Abba, the Police and hymns.
– “Hymns are our newest thing. The Winter Accordion Festival begins with a special church service, and in February 2014 Junioriharmonikat will accompany the hymns. In our last rehearsal, we played Smoke on the Water and then followed it with God Who Madest Earth and Heaven,” Vertainen laughs.

Next Conquest: Innsbruck
In the ten or so years Junioriharmonikat has been playing, it has established itself as an orchestra of note, and new accordionists are eager to join it. They have performances throughout the year. The Kokkola Winter Accordion Festival’s opening concert, the fabulous May Day Concert and the Christmas Concert are all part of the regular rhythm of the orchestra’s year. Junioriharmonikat is also a sought-after performer at various parties and events, available to order.
– “The parents’ role in the orchestra is invaluable. They usually organise and serve coffee and cakes at the concerts and support the orchestra’s fund-raising activities. Now our sights are set on Innsbruck in the spring of 2016, where we will take part in the World Music Festival.”

Sun 16.2. Winter Accordion celebration worship service

Family service


Kokkola City Church 10.00 a.m.

Kantorei (2)

Läntinen Kirkkokatu 12

Sävelsäkki Choir, conductor Pauliina Virkkala
Junior Accordion, conductor Raimo Vertainen
Kantorei Choir, organs, dir. Ritva Göös
Semon, Jouni Sirviö

Free admission


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