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Martina Schwarz, born in Cologne, has lived and worked in Germany, France and Great Britain as a musician, composer-songwriter, performer and teacher. Based in London and the Brighton area, Martina enjoys a constant and varied stream of engagements as a singing accordionist in different musical formations and as a music creator in theatre, film, dance, community and health settings as well as leading singing sessiosns (NVPN member) and teaching the accordion (LTCL).
Martina is also one half of the duo Bow & Bellows, who play and sing their own compelling arrangements of Balkan, Klezmer and Gypsy music with occasional sorties to the musical traditions of other countries.
Martina has won the National Accordion Composers Competition twice, first in 2006 with "Sweet Trouble" and again in 2009 with "Rapid Eye Movements". The band version was originally created for London Bubble's 2008 Open Performance Theatre Project "Urban Dreams", then rearranged for solo accordion.
LEARN LANGUAGE WITH SONGS: SONGBOOK & CDS
With her very successful songbooks and accompanying CDs "Learn German with Songs" and the follow-up "Learn more German with Songs", Martina has made a name for herself in the language-learning world and is always in great demand to perform her songs live to young learners.
Both German language learning resources were developed in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute London and have since been used in many MFL lessons in primary schools in Great-Britain and abroad. Books & CDs can be ordered at the Goethe-Institute online shop.
For more information about her interactive language learning concerts for German and French and other MFL teaching activities go to her website: LEARN LANGUAGE WITH SONGS.