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.
Our concert on the 3rd September features 3 incredible soloists. Here is a sneak preview of Antje Steen (Bandoneon) and Douglas Yates (Baritone), who will be performing with our guest orchestra from Germany. Tickets are selling fast, click 'Book Now' above for more details.
Thanks to our record label Sotones Music Co-op for this striking poster for the concert on the 3rd September. Tickets went on sale today, only 150 available so don't hang about... Click the 'Book Now' button above to secure your seats.
***BIG concert news***
LAO is delighted to announce a joint concert with the world famous Accordion State Youth Orchestra, Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany) on 3rd September in central London.
The orchestra have performed on all 5 continents including concerts in USA, Canada, Russia, China, Brazil, South Africa, Namibia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Fiji and India. Now finally we get the chance to see them live in London. Performing with the orchestra are renowned American Baritone Douglas Yates and Bandoneon virtuoso Antje Steen. Their program will include works by Piazzolla, Schuman, Dobler and Hippe.
LAO will present the World Premiere of 'Voyage' by Ian Watson with guest soloist Eliza Marshall (Bansuri Flute), as well as Holst's 'The Planets' and 'Danzon No. 2' by Arturo Marquez.
There are only 150 tickets on sale for this very special concert so book now before it sells out!
Our 'little brother' ensemble, London Intermediate Accordion Orchestra, have their first full concert this Saturday 1st July, 3:30pm at St. Gabriel's Church in Pimlico. It's a joint concert with the Leipzig Accordion Ensemble from Germany. Online ticket sales will finish today at 5pm but tickets will be available on the door. Click below for more information!
thanks for the follow invite.... i'm now an official groupie....lol
What does London Accordion Orchestra do on a day like today? Get into the city and record a new single with Anja McCloskey. Great day recording in the 'Kinks' Konk Studios. We won't be beaten. #lovelondon #lovemanchester
Many of our players are heading down to Devon for the annual 'Bellows and Waves' orchestra course. Wishing all participants safe travels and a fun few days.