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.
The 'Early Bird' ticket offer ends today at 7pm. The concert is almost sold out, there are around 25 General Admission and 4 'Hollywood' tickets left... Remaining tickets are here:
Our wonderful record label, Sotones Records, celebrates 10 years of releasing groundbreaking new albums. 'Sotones10' contains songs by many artists who are signed to the label. LAO are featured on this double vinyl album playing on a song called 'Spiraling' sung by the incredible Anja McCloskey - preview below. It's a limited release of 500 copies so go get one today!
***Box Office Update***
Over 70% of tickets have already sold for our big film music concert at 4pm on 20th January! Here is the official poster from our label Sotones Records (more news about them later today...). There are only 6 'Hollywood Seats' (front 2 rows) and 23 'Early Bird' tickets (no booking fee) left. After that there will a limited amount of General Admission tickets. We are thrilled that Tosh Flood (The Divine Comedy, Pugwash) will be joining us on guitar and Celine Saout (Principal Harp, Opera North) will add her own star dust to the concert.
Remaining tickets available here:
A fascinating concert tomorrow lunchtime at Union Chapel, hosted by our friends Daylight Music.
Tickets for our film music concert have just gone onsale. Our last concert sold out so make use of the 'Early Bird' ticket offer and secure your place on the red carpet...
Tickets for our film music gala concert on 20th January go on sale this Saturday at 10am. Book early and pay no booking fee (select the 'Early Bird' tickets). We've put together a graphic hint of some of the film scores you can expect to hear - but how many can you spot...?
Tickets will be available here: https://lao-tickets.eventbrite.ca
The mass for James Mullally will be held at Ealing Abbey this Monday, 16th October at 7:15pm. The funeral service will be a few days later in Ireland. After the mass there will be a reception at The Benet Bar next to the Abbey.
2 Marchwood Crescent
London W5 2DZ
Mass at 7.15pm (followed by a reception at The Benet Bar)