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.
***Super Orchestra 2018***
Just 3 weeks to go till SO18! There are still some places available in the orchestra. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for info. Everyone is welcome!
We have 2 places available for experienced players in our main orchestra and several in our training ensemble, LIAO.
It's going to be another exciting year for the orchestra with concerts in Yorkshire, London, Austria and more... We rehearse twice a month in central London. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, email: email@example.com or click the 'Send Message' button above.
In December we return to play Daylight Music at Union Chapel, here's a video of our last performance there, enjoy!
Added a Description of the Orchestra to ‘Open Concerts and Recitals’
Hiya In case you haven't seen, advance train tickets for our trip up to Skipton are now available on the LNER web site from £11.90 each way. Get in there X
Episode 4 - our roving reporter interviews two members of the orchestra about their musical background and how they became part of the LAO family. All of our podcasts are free and can be downloaded via the following links. Enjoy!
***Super Orchestra Day 2018***
Sunday 14th October, Ripley, Surrey.
Book your places now for the biggest accordion orchestra day of the year. Players of all levels are welcome to join in what is always a fun and informative day. We are limited to 80 players so book early... Email the orchestra for a booking form or pay online, links below. See you there!
'mini orchestra' will once again be lead by Julie Luck on the same day. This is a free workshop aimed at under 16's who would like to try playing the accordion. It's a free workshop but please email to reserve a place. We also have instruments suitable for children to borrow for the day.
To pay online for 'Super Orchestra':
Episode 3 in our series of podcasts has just 'dropped'. In this instalment our intrepid reporter travels to LAO Towers to interview our conductor about the day we recorded the album 'Flight' at Abbey Road Studios.
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