Douglas Ward, accordionist, composer
Charnwood Music


Douglas Ward has played the piano accordion for over 40 years (for 17 years professionally). In his youth, he won many accordion competitions in the UK.

The instrument has taken him literally around the world, as a bandleader aboard the large ocean liners Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) among others. Whilst at sea, he acquired a great love for cruise ships, and went on to become an expert in the field and the author of several books for Berlitz..

He was, for many years, deeply involved in all accordion activities in England as a teacher, adjudicator, and composer (he introduced the convertor free bass instrument to the UK).

In the mid 1960's, he worked as arranger and transcription artist for Charles Hansen Publications in New York, with an office on 5th Avenue (at 47th Street), and wrote the History of the Accordion for the USA's Contemporary Keyboard magazine (much of this article is featured on the Accordions Worldwide website).

He has adjudicated at the UK’s National Accordion Organization's Accordion Day for several years. He moved to the USA again in 1979, where he lived for about 20 years. During that time, he adjudicated many accordion competitions including the annual National Accordion Championships held by the American Accordionists Association (AAA).

In 1968, together with Faithe Deffner, he helped organize the only Floating Accordion Festival aboard the cruise ship Galileo, when over 600 accordionists took part in a 6-day festival cruise from New York to Bermuda. He also taught for several years at the Acme Accordion School, operated by the respected contemporary accordionist and educator Stanley Darrow.

He has written more than 70 compositions for the instrument, varying from elementary solos and duets to albums for beginners to works for virtuoso performance. He lives in the New Forest area in southern England, and enjoys composing and adjudicating.


Note: Works with E in the catalog number are eSheet, able to be sent to you by email. All other works are printed music and are sent to you by post.

DW920E - A Cool Thing
DW920 - A Cool Thing
DW941 - A Dawn Beginning
DW927E - A Summer Breeze
DW927 - A Summer Breeze
DW501 - Abacus 
DW502E - Abbadabba
DW502 - Abbadabba
DW937 - About Time 
DW503E - ACC 515
DW503 - ACC 515
DW939 - Ali Baba’s Barber
DW942 - An Early Sunrise
DW910 - Apple Core
DW936 - Aria No. 1 
DW504 - Asdfghjkl 
DW505 - Baguette
DW944 - Bananas for Two
DW943 - Bells and Whistles
DW904E - Blog 27
DW904 - Blog 27
DW940 - Blueberry One/ Blueberry Two
DW933 - Bootstrap Tango
DW506 - Boutique Overture
B041 - Boutique Overture (score - 2 of each part) (Ensemble/Orchestra)
DW507 - Cambadacha
M374 - Castleton Reel
DW508 - Changes
DW509 - Charlie's Revenge
DW947 - Chasing Rabbits
DW924E - Chocolation
DW924 - Chocolation
DW925E - Clairette
DW925 - Clairette
DW905 - Clouds Passing/ Doubly Bubbly
DW510E - Coming Home
DW510 - Coming Home
DW945 - Countryside March
DW929 - Crabcakes
DW906 - Crackpot
DW523 - Cycophantic Impressions
DW921 - Dance of the Widgets
DW525 - Desperado
DW511 - Dijon 
DW905A - Doubly Bubbly/ Clouds Passing 
DW903 - Early Morning/ Dandy Waltz 
M375 - Emancipation
M375E - Emancipation
DW946 - Emergency Tango
M376 - Escapade
DW931 - Exaggeration Waltz
M377 - Expanse
DW949 - Forest Waltz
DW907 - Four Candles 
DW911E - Hocus Pocus 
DW911 - Hocus Pocus
DW512 - Hymn For Her 
DW902D - Hymn For Her Too
DW932 - Into the Spice Market
DW917 - Jabbermouth
DW912 - Khalif of Kotar
DW913 - Lamentosa
M378 - Magganajjer 
DW513E - Moonshadow 
DW513 - Moonshadow
DW908 - Morris Minor
DW948 - Mosaic Waltz
DW928 - Musical Routes Suite - Bridges, Avenues, Tunnels, Streets
DW524 - My First Week 
DW514 - Mystique 
DW901 - Nuance
DW934 - Precipice
DW515 - Resolution
DW914 - Rhapsidium for a Rainy Day
DW516 - Scotch Grass
DW517 - Serenity
DW930 - Seven Over Eight
DW518 - Squash
DW519 - Subterfuge
B040 - Subterfuge Two (score - 2 of each part)
DW926 - Sunny Days
DW520 - Tampopo
DW521 - The Happy Gnome 
DW938 - The Happy Whistler
DW909E - The Naughty Monkey
DW909 - The Naughty Monkey
DW922 - The Swiss Efficiency Polka 
DW915 - Three Down Up
DW522D - Topaz 
DW935 - Tributaries
DW916 - Two Boots
DW923 - Upside Down Polka 

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