The London Accordion Orchestra (previously the Morley Accordion Orchestra) came to life in 1999 with the aim of promoting and performing compositions for accordion orchestra, as well as to develop players of the instrument. The main orchestra focuses on playing original repertoire and commissions composers to write new works specifically for the London Accordion Orchestra.
In May 2013 the orchestra performed at the World Music Festival in Innsbruck, Austria. 2014 saw the orchestra host two foreign ensembles for concerts in London: Torkest from the Netherlands at the Dutch Church in London and the Nuremberg Accordion Orchestra at St. John's Smith Square. In 2015, the orchestra staged a joint concert with the Wiesbaden accordion orchestra from Germany at St. Gabriel’s church in Pimlico, London and was also invited to perform at the National Theatre as part of its 2015 concert series.
In 2016, the orchestra returned to the World Music Festival in Innsbruck Austria and achieved 2nd place in the advanced orchestra category, performing specially commissioned works from contemporary British composers, including Matthew Scott, Stuart Hancock and Ian Watson.
The orchestra is keen to promote an international exchange between accordion orchestras and was delighted to host the Castletown Accordion Orchestra from Ireland as part of a joint concert at the London Irish Centre in London in July 2016.
The orchestra has also just recorded a new album of British compositions commissioned for the orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, which was released on Sotones Records in March 2017 and is available to order from our online store.
Here is the official video for the release:
***Union Chapel this Saturday 12 noon***
Daylight Music post below looking forward to our concert at Union Chapel. 12 noon start this Saturday. Pay-What-You-Can on the door, no tickets required. Suggested entry £5. Look forward to seeing you all there!
The latest podcast (episode 6) is all about our concert at Union Chapel on 1st December at noon. Our intrepid reporter speaks to composer Christian Forshaw about the new piece he has written for the concert and has a quick chat with some of the soloists from the orchestra.
All of our podcasts are free and can easily be found with the following links
***Union Chapel Programme***
Our 'e-programme' for the Union Chapel concert on 1st December is now available for free by clicking the link below. Have a look at the music being performed, soloists biographies and more...
In just over 2 weeks time LAO return to the magnificent Union Chapel in London to perform at Daylight Music. Here's just a snippet of what you can expect on the day...
1st December, 12 noon, Union Chapel N1 2UN
No tickets required. 'Pay What You Can' on the door (suggested £5 entry)
Video Editor: Tory Dunn
The wonderful Dillie Keane will join LAO at the Union Chapel concert on 1st December at 12pm. She will perform 4 of her hilarious songs during the 'cabaret' section of the show. Here she is in action...
Keep an ear on BBC Radio 5 Live between 10:30am and 11am this morning. Our conductor will have a quick chat with presenter Anna Foster about the rise in popularity of the accordion and our concert at Union Chapel for Daylight Music on the 1st December.
Last Saturday the orchestra gave a joint concert with the Craven Accordion Orchestra in Skipton, North Yorkshire. We were given a wonderful welcome from the local players and a standing ovation from the sold out audience. Thanks to all of the organisers for looking after us so well.
Photos: John Cheesbrough