Serge In Waistcoat


My name is Serguei Pachnine. I am a Singing Accordionist and Entertainer. My diverse repertoire ranges from traditional Russian dances to favourite European melodies and from the most popular Jazz standards to Classics.
Since my appearance on London’s stages in 1996, I have established a fine reputation in Britain for my work as a performer in concerts, hotels and corporate events, and my amiable sense of humour endear me to audiences everywhere.

My performance introduced me to a wide audience and the warmth of their response to my playing is mirrored in my pleasure at returning.

International Programme
Sting's Christmas Party (2005)

Russian Christmas Gala 2008 At Barbican Centre

Christmas with Raymond Blanc

My Best Gigs

Since the very beginning of my career in Great Britain I have performed at a variety of locations from cultural recitals at The Queen Elizabeth Hall to banquets at hotels like London's Grosvenor House.
I performed for lots of Wonderful People and I took a part (as a Solo-artist and as a member of a various groups) at a huge number of Fantastic Gigs.

Here are a few of My best:

 Sting's Christmas Party (2005/2007)
 Uri Geller's Wedding (2001)
 Birthday Party for Russian Oligarchs at London Aquarium(2003)
 Bow-tie and Tiara Ball at Elton John's House in Old Windsor(2004)
 Shetland Folk Festival (2004 and 2006)
 Glastonbury Festival (2004 and 2005)
 Recording and performing with the fabulous "Basement Jaxx" a few songs from their latest Album called "Crazy Itch Radio" (Koko-Club, Wembley Arena 2006, Brixton Acadamy 2007)
 St. Peterburg Ball at Cafe "Royal"(2007)
 Russian Christmas Gala at Barbican Centre, London (5 Jan 2008, 4 Jan 2009, 3 Jan 2010)
 Annual Banquet Of Society Of London Toastmasters at Cafe Royal (2008)
 Bentley Motors Staff Loyalty Awards Celebration in Crewe (May 2008)
 Italian music performance for BBC-3 reality show-program "Don't tell the Bride" (July 2009)
 French music for the 25th Anniversary of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons - Raymond Blanc's multi-award winning Restaurant and Hotel in Great Milton, OXON (17 March 2009)
 French music performances for Christmas celebrations at Le Manoir Aux Quat' Seasons" (Dec 2008, Dec 2009, Dec 2010)
 Italian music performance at Christmas Party of International Maritime Organisation, London (17 Dec 2010)
 Performance with New Budapest Cafe Orchestra at Charity event in Brainshfield (Jan 2011)
 Russian Summer Ball at The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, London (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
 French accordion music at "Mon Plaisir" - French oldest Restaurant in Covent Garden, London (Monthly performances from The Bastille Day on 14 July 2008-till now)

Indeed, these gigs were truly good gigs, where music really became a great part of the events.

And I believe there are more great gigs to come!


My Favorite Quotations:

 "Serge combines mastery of the bayan (Russian Button Accordion)
with a magnificent singing voice."

(Direct Roots-Magazine)

 "The Baritone and Accordionist Serguei Pachnine sings favorite Russian Songs: 'He can fill the room with his voice, like Chaliapin!'


Best Quotation:

 "Serge plays his accordion the way Groucho Marx had a sense of humor,
the way Secretariat had legs, and the way Elizabeth Taylor has eyes (or husbands).
Try to imagine one without the other - impossible.
Playing accordion is as natural to Serge as walking or talking.
Serge plays. Does he ever.
Tango, Klezmer, Jazz, Celtic, French, Italian music - you name it.
And he approaches each with an ease that makes you think he was steeped
in the style since the first time a note left reeds of his accordion".

(Unfortunately, I am still expecting this Quotation to be written.)