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.
Don't miss one of our very talented players in a solo recital next month. Click the link below for more information.
Has anyone, ANYONE, got any photos of Julie, Oscar or Sofia from last Saturday? Julie mentioned to me that she has no photos of herself or them except in the maelstrom of the whole Orchestra, and she would be delighted (D.E.LIGHTED) to get one or two.
Apparently, there are more photos of Snape than of Shrek and Fiona, though I know for a definite fact that Shrek and Fiona are more popular than Snape - it may be that there are no photos of Julie, Oscar or Sofia, and this may have nothing to do with their popularity - but there are millions of pictures of Sam who I know for a definite fact . . . . . .
We had blast at our film music concert, 'LAO at the Movies'. Thanks to all who bought tickets, our second sold out concert in a row. Here are some pictures, including some of our players dressed as film characters... Enjoy! (Photos: Chas Watkins and Elizabeth Knowles)
Great LAO at the movies concert yesterday! Loved it all especially La La Land and Pirates of the Caribbean, the fun costumes and the movie themed venue. Well done everyone and thank you.
Our film music concert on 20th January is now sold out. If you missed out on tickets for this concert our next London performance will be at 7pm on April 16th in the Dukes Hall at the Royal Academy of Music. Entrance is free. Details coming soon...
Happy new year to our Facebook friends! We are delighted to kick off 2018 by announcing our partnership with Amusiko Musikverlag who will be making the music we have commissioned over the years more widely available in Germany and beyond. Particular thanks go to Tobias Dalhof at Amusiko for his determination that this music reach a wider audience. Take a look at their online shop for more details:
***Concert tickets and special guests***
Tickets for our film music concert in January had sold out earlier this week but we have just heard from the venue that the balcony will be open for the concert. The balcony seats 25 people and offers a great view of the stage. These tickets are now on sale for just £8 here: https://lao-tickets.eventbrite.ca
We are delighted to announce our final 2 special guests for this concert. Andrew Skeet (Piano) and Simon Little (Bass Guitar) will join Tosh Flood (Guitar), Tim Weller (Drums) and Celine Saout (Harp). We also have Dan Gresson and Rob Farrer on percussion. We may need a bigger stage...