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 3rd September 2017 at Diorama Arts Centre in London.
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.
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Mass at 7.15pm (followed by a reception at The Benet Bar)
It is with deep sadness that we learned this morning of the death of James Mullally, a devoted member of the orchestra. James was co-leader of LAO and a very talented musician. He was loved and admired by our players and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with James' family and friends.
***Super Orchestra Day 2017***
Exactly one month to go until our annual mass squeeze-a-thon - the biggest in the UK. Players from all over the country gather in Ripley (Surrey) to rehearse 3 (not difficult!) pieces and play an informal early evening concert.
This year for the first time we introduce 'mini orchestra' for under 16's. A free workshop running during the day aimed at young people who have never played before or recently started playing. We have a number of instruments for children who don't own one. Although the day is free for under 16's they must be registered. Also performances from Watford Accordion Band, Tillingbourne Accordion Orchestra and our very own LIAO.
To get a booking form for Super Orchestra or mini orchestra send us a FaceBook message with your email address, or email us directly at: email@example.com
***Join the orchestra***
LAO have 2 spaces available for experienced players in the main orchestra and 4 spaces in our Intermediate orchestra.
2018 will be another action packed year for LAO. Our film music concert in January, a performance at The Royal Academy of Music to premiere new works by RAM students in April, touring to Slovenia in May and a return to a famous central London venue for a special performance at the end of the year.
Rehearsals are twice a month in Pimlico and you don't have to live in London to join. We work hard but have plenty of fun as well! For more information email the orchestra:
***Save The Date***
Thanks to everyone who came to our joint concert with ALJO from Germany. The concert was sold out and the packed audience gave our guests a wonderful reception.
Our next concert will be on 20th January at 4pm in Pimlico. We will be letting our hair down with a programme called 'LAO at the Movies' - a whole concert of wonderful film scores. Save the date! Tickets will be available at the start of November.
***Box office update***
Only 5 tickets remain for our joint concert this Sunday afternoon. There will be no tickets available on the door. Ready, get set, go get 'em! (click 'Book Now' on our FaceBook page or go through our website: www.londonao.co.uk)
Here at LAO Towers we like to innovate. So for the first time we have made an interactive program. Click the link below to explore the music, get to know our soloists and find out more about both orchestras. Feel free to use it during the concert, with phones on silent of course...
For remaining tickets click 'Book Now' on our Facebook Page.