Mo. BIO BOCCOSI 1912 to June 28th, 2006 Mo. Bio Boccosi
has passed away, his gift was he gave his entire life to music, this
gentle lovely man, who I have adored since my first meeting with him
in 1963. Has left a legacy of love and dedication to music and
in particular the Accordion. His wonderful magazine Strumenti e
Musica was dedicated to his love of music, and his need to support
the young musicians, the artistes, the music lovers of our society.
He was the epitome of organisation. His office full of
documentation, neat and pristine. You mention one person, one
editorial, over as many years as you can remember, it was there in
front of you in seconds. His meticulous nature, his love of the
countryside, his passion with animals, maybe not the things that
other people may recall of this wonderful human being.
I was very privileged having been invited to
his mountain, on which he had planted thousands of trees, providing
cover for his horse riding and his morning and afternoon walks with
his animals. I will always see him, having picked the fruit from his
trees, and boil his fruit in a jam pan, and having prepared his jars
and lids in a soldier like row make his pots of preserve for the
year. He gently wrapped up two jars of preserve and gave them
to me to take home with his love. His little wooden church on
his mountain was so beautiful, photographs lovingly displayed, I sat
for a little time in his holy place, and was filled with emotion at
this personal paradise, My profound respect goes far beyond words
could possibly express. The musician, the composer, the Secretariat,
the editor, the business man, the family man, the father of so many
young musicians who have aspired beyond all expectations through his
His astounding musical mind, wrote composition
after composition, his Rhapsodia da Primavera was a test piece for
the World Championships, and I remember how enjoyable it was to
learn with its light heartedness, its comedy, its jazz its flavor
was the character of this man. He was light hearted, always
had a little joke ready, he adored his girls and boys, especially
those he had encouraged enough to represent their country in the CMA
Coupe Mondiale. You were his babies for life.
One of his greatest friends Gervasio Marcosignori,
never missed a day without a visit with Bio, they were like twins in
conversation, one elaborating for the other many little stories.
He gave so much of himself, he will be remembered, I am sure, for
everything he has achieved in his life, and I will remember him as a
father like figure, a gentle and lovely human being who has touched
the lives of so many with his charismatic, supportive and
encouraging nature, his sheer love of music and all associated with
God Bless you Bio, and thank God you had time to
make the great difference you made in this world. I
and all your loving children will never forget you.
You were the reason to succeed. Gina Brannelli.
AWW news report.
Bio Bocossi, born 1912, who turned 94
in April this year has sadly passed away on 28 June 2006.
Bio Boccosi was an honorary citizen
of the towns of Castelfidardo, Osimo and Recoaro Terme, and
founder and director of several branches of the Italian Music
Teaching Centre. He was widely celebrated for his life which was
dedicated to music and to the accordion in particular
BioBoccosi was the Secretary General
Confederation Mondiale de l'Accordeon for over 50
years. He was also a founder of the "Italian Pianists' Trophy"
held in Osimo, Accordion World Oscar recipient, founder of the
National Accordion Meeting of Recoaro, and winner of several
awards including the "Giuseppe Verde" award granted by DISMA (Milano),
the "Gorni Kramer" award (Stradella), the "Applauso d'Oro" award
(Clivio), the SIAE prize for his 50 years in the music industry,
and the "Nota d'Oro" award (Santa Giustina).
Bio Boccosi was also involved in the
start of the
Internazionale di Fisarmonica, Città di
Bugiolacchi in 1964 which later changed from a
national event to an international event in 1987. He was also
the founder and editor of Strumenti e Musica for many years,
which did so much to promote Italian musical instruments
generally and in particular, the accordion.
His enormous contribution to the
accordion and its development will continue long beyond his
is with great sadness
that we announce the passing away of
Ronald Beecham (1936 to 20 June 2006)
former NAO Chairperson, General Secretary and Deputy President
Born in Birmingham on July 13th
1936, Ron Beecham taught accordion there for many years before his
marriage to Elaine. They continued with teaching both in Birmingham
and establishing the renowned Accordion School in Colchester where
he and Elaine settled and raised their 2 sons Craig and Lloyd and
one daughter Tara.
In 1972 Ron was elected Chairman of
the National Accordion Organisation of the UK – an office he served
for the following three years before becoming General Secretary from
1975-1983. He was elected an NAO Deputy President in 1985. Ron
attended the CIA Coupe Mondiale as an adjudicator in 1979 when the
event was held in Cannes, France, and later hosted the CIA Winter
Congress in Colchester.
Together with Elaine he has
travelled throughout the world with the highly accomplished and
multiple prize winning Colchester Accordion Orchestra.
Ron Beecham passed away, after a
short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer of the bladder and
liver, in hospital with his family at his bedside on the 20th June
The funeral will be held on Monday
3rd July 1.15pm at Colchester Crematorium. Elaine Beecham has
requested that people make a donation to the Cancer Research rather
than send flowers to the funeral. The following page will be
operating in about two working days. http://donateinmemory.cancerresearchuk.org/pp_1776/Ronald_Beecham.aspx
Ron will be sadly missed by his wife
Elaine, his three children Craig, Lloyd and Tara, son-in-law Darren,
grand daughter Darcy, and all that knew him. A truly memorable and
On behalf of the Executive Committee and Members, we offer our
sincere condolences to Elaine and her family at this very sad time.
Raymond Bodell - NAO Chairperson