About the London Accordion Orchestra

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:

The next UK concert will be on 20th January 2018 at St. Gabriels in Pimlico, London. Tickets can be purchased here.

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15.05.2018 klo 20:33

I was very pleased to come across your two podcasts today. Well done, Sam Cullen. I liked the way each opened with that extract of the orchestra at full blast. This makes a good opening impression... maybe retain it as your signature tune? Or something similar.... when you all play tutti frutti, the sound is unique!
I was also very pleased that I could get these podcasts without installing any Apple bloatware (I-Tunes). Simply by googling the actual titles, I found them both at something called Player FM, and was able to listen live or download them.

12.05.2018 klo 17:15

***New LAO Podcast***

In the 2nd of our podcasts roving reporter Sam Cullen talks to LAO players during our recent tour of Slovenia and plays clips from the concert. He also looks into the history of the accordion in the region. It's all free, make sure you subscribe via the link so you never miss an episode!

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/lao-episode-2/id1376291639?i=1000411241355&mt=2

08.05.2018 klo 13:20

The orchestra flew home from Slovenia last night after an unforgettable weekend. The concert in the Philharmonic Hall, Ljubljana, was spectacular and warmly received by a very enthusiastic audience. We were joined on stage by percussion ensemble Slovenski Tolkalni Projekt, a fantastic group of musicians who we are pleased to say will be joining us in London for a joint concert in Spring 2019. Thanks to the British Embassy Ljubljana and the Embassy of Slovenia, London for their help and support. Also thanks to Dejan Tamše and Valentina Rupel for helping to organise the tour. Slovenia is such a beautiful country, we hope to be able to return one day!

05.05.2018 klo 19:15

Concert tomorrow in the Philharmonic Hall, Ljubljana, but today was all about fun! Team LAO explore Slovenia...

04.05.2018 klo 14:50

Thanks to the @British Embassy Ljubljana for the warm welcome. Slovenia, we have arrived!

01.05.2018 klo 09:45

***Slovenian concert trailer***

On Friday the orchestra travel to Ljubljana and on Sunday they will perform at the Philharmonic Hall with Slovenia percussion ensemble 'SToP'. Here's a preview video, created by Tory Dunn.

Tickets available:

http://www.eventim.si/si/vstopnice/london-accordeon-orchestra-ljubljana-slovenska-filharmonija-1040029/performance.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHJKO60eMQ

26.04.2018 klo 11:38

***LAO Podcast - Episode 1***

Our roving reporter goes behind the scenes of LAO's recent performance at the Royal Academy of Music and looks ahead to our concert in Slovenia on the 6th May. Click below to listen to our first ever podcast and subscribe for free to make sure you don't miss the next episode, coming soon...

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/london-accordion-orchestra/id1376291639?mt=2