Raymond Bodell:
  • Bsc(Hons), FLCM, LmusLCM, AmusLCM, AmusTCL, LBCA(TD), ABCA(TD), LBCA.
  • Vice President of the CMA since 2006.
  • President of the Conféderation Internationale des Accordeonistes - CIA for 8 years (2009 - 2017)
  • Chairperson of the National Accordion Organisation of the UK for a total of 20 years since 1992.
  • Principal of the British College of Accordionists.

  • Raymond achieved all Diplomas of the BCA by the age of 17 before gaining diplomas from the London College and Trinity College of Music. Successfully competed in many festivals including gaining first prize in the UK Virtuoso, Senior, Bell Trophy and Junior solo titles, competing internationally in various festivals. He continued his accordion studies in France for 2 years under the helm of Jacques Mornet.

    Raymond has extensive adjudicating experience at numerous international festivals including the Castelfidardo (Italy), Baltica Harmonica (St. Petersburg), Ascolate (Lithuania), Harbin & Shenzhen (China), Jeunesse Musicale (Slovakia), International Grand Prix (France & Switzerland), Samara (Russia), Sata-Häme Soi (Finland), Accordionists and Teachers Guild - ATG (USA), Roland International Digital Accordion Festival (Italy), Pula International Accordion Festival (Croatia) as well as on numerous occasions at Trophée Mondial & Coupe Mondiale Festivals.

    In 2004 the NAO presented him with their Merit Award "In appreciation of the Tireless and Inspirational Work for the Accordion both Nationally and Internationally." In 2017 he was presented with the CIA Merit Award for his services to the International Accordion Movement.

    Raymond believes strongly that the Accordion is a small world in which our young accordionists are the future and to this end must be given every possible opportunity.