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 1st December 2018 at Union Chapel, London. Facebook event
In just over 2 weeks time LAO return to the magnificent Union Chapel in London to perform at Daylight Music. Here's just a snippet of what you can expect on the day...
1st December, 12 noon, Union Chapel N1 2UN
No tickets required. 'Pay What You Can' on the door (suggested £5 entry)
The wonderful Dillie Keane will join LAO at the Union Chapel concert on 1st December at 12pm. She will perform 4 of her hilarious songs during the 'cabaret' section of the show. Here she is in action...
Keep an ear on BBC Radio 5 Live between 10:30am and 11am this morning. Our conductor will have a quick chat with presenter Anna Foster about the rise in popularity of the accordion and our concert at Union Chapel for Daylight Music on the 1st December.
Last Saturday the orchestra gave a joint concert with the Craven Accordion Orchestra in Skipton, North Yorkshire. We were given a wonderful welcome from the local players and a standing ovation from the sold out audience. Thanks to all of the organisers for looking after us so well.
Photos: John Cheesbrough
***London Concert Update***
We are thrilled to announce that Dillie Keane, of Fascinating Aïda fame, will be our special guest performer at the Union Chapel concert on 1st December, 12pm. The concert is part of the Daylight Music series. It's 'Pay What You Can' on the door, no tickets required.
Union Chapel have just been named 'Best Independent Entertainment Venue in London' so don't miss LAO at this historic venue with the glorious Dillie Keane.
For more details, and to invite others to this concert, click on the Facebook event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/497661933988560/
***New Podcast from LAO***
In Episode 5 our intrepid reporter goes undercover at an LAO rehearsal and reveals the program for our concert in Skipton, North Yorkshire, on the 20th October.
All of our podcasts are free and can be found easily with the following links:
***Radio this morning***
Our conductor is being interviewed live on Drystone Radio 103.5 FM just after 8am this morning talking about our joint concert with Craven Accordion Orchestra on 20th October. Listen live online: http://drystoneradio.com/schedule-beta/#