Graham Laurie is an accomplished accordionist, teacher, composer and ambassador for this marvellous instrument that we all love and share. He holds (and has held) a wide variety of posts.
•Vice Principal of the British College of Accordionists
•Examiner for the British College of Accordionists & LSM
•Honorary Vice President of the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom
•Past Chairman of the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom (2008)
•Member of the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom Executive Committee for 25+ years
•Chairman of the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom Music Committee for 15 years
•UK Delegate to the World Federation: Confederation Internationale des Accordionistes (CIA)
•UK Delegate to the World Federation: Confédération Mondiale de l'Accordéon (CMA)
•Member of the Performing Rights Society (PRS)
•Member of the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society
Graham started teaching music in 1978 and turned professional in 1980. He is well known for his excellent Orchestras, Soloists, Duettists and Ensemble Players.
He was a Consultant to the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA); this involved developing an accordion syllabus to identify music that met the requirements of the different academic levels for use in the National Curriculum for Scottish Schools.
He has been on the International Adjudicating Panels at festivals in:
Finland, France, Slovakia, Italy, Eire, Portugal, Norway, USA, New Zealand, Croatia, China, Canada, Austria, Russia, Lithuania and Northern Ireland.
As a holder of the British College of Accordionists, Teaching and Performing Diplomas, he holds the position of Vice Principal and regularly examines at its centres throughout the UK and Malta.
Graham was the NAO Merit Award recipient in 2010 for his services to the Accordion and to the National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom.
In 2012, he was awarded the highest award from the NAO and given the honorary position of “Vice President’.