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:
LAO roving reporter, Sam Cullen, looks back at our sparkling Union Chapel concert. It's an action packed episode with live clips and interviews, including a chat with guest star Dillie Keane.
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***Tickets Now Available***
Early Bird tickets are now available for this exciting concert. All ticket holders will receive a complimentary glass of Slovenian wine and cake to celebrate the Slovenian Percussion Project's debut London concert.
Just click the link below to get your tickets:
***London Concert Tickets***
March 2nd, 4pm, St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square.
Early Bird Tickets (no booking fee) for our joint concert with the Slovenian Percussion Project go on sale tomorrow, January 8th, at midday. The Early Bird tickets will be on sale for 1 week only. Click the link below to book from 12pm tomorrow.
So happy to see you are having such a good time. Will toast a drink to you on Christmas Day. Lol Hazel xx
Wishing our Facebook friends a very Merry Christmas. Here's a look back at another action packed year for LAO and a teaser at the end for next year...
Video by Sam Cullen
***Next London Concerts***
Thanks to everyone who came to our concert at Union Chapel, here are some wonderful pictures by Paul Hudson and Paul Carrano.
We have 2 confirmed London concerts for 2019:
2nd March 4pm - St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square - with Slovenian percussion ensemble 'SToP' as special guests.
18th May 3pm - Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon - a very special concert with many star guests... Look out for more updates in the new year.
Tickets for 2nd March will go on sale early in January via Eventbrite.