Concertina and Bandonion Clubs

Chapels and Orchestras

Between artistic aspirations and social gatherings

The first clubs can be traced back to 1870. After 1890 they experienced a strong boom and by 1900 there were at least 75. After that, the bandonion movement became a mass phenomenon in various regions. In many large German cities, especially in Saxony, there were one, sometimes several, clubs in every district. In 1938 there were 686 clubs (Graf 161).

Mostly in club rooms of pubs, even beginners practiced right away practically on program pieces in order to be able to present a club result as quickly as possible. And then it was time to take to the streets, especially since the clubs were often rooted in the working-class milieu. (Photo: presumably Konzertina stronghold Chemnitz)