At the end of April, the London Accordion Orchestra were invited to play in Germany by the Nuremberg accordion orchestra, where they played two sold out joint concerts with very appreciative audiences.
Having braved the journey, we were, to our great delight, welcomed by some of the German orchestra at Nuremberg airport.
The first concert was a joint lunchtime concert by LAO and the Nürnberger Akkordeonorchester Willi Münch e. V.at Neues Museum - an absolutely fantastic-sounding modern space.
This was followed by an afternoon concert by our very own Accordion5 and the Nürnberger Akkordeon-Ensemble at the St. Andreas church in Kalchreuth. The weather was beautiful, the audience enthusiastic and the concert location absolutely stunning.
The evening was seen out by a joint dinner with the Nuremberg accordion orchestra and an exchange of local gifts, including a life-size hare statue (in honour of local painter Albrecht Dürer).
We were overwhelmed by the extraordinary hospitality of the Nürnberger Akkordeonorchester Willi Münch e. V. and the Nürnberger Akkordeon-Ensemble and would like to especially thank Martina Janschak, Marco Röttig, Manfred Elbacher and of course, Stefan Hippe.
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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Newest member of the orchestra! Self assembly model from the wonderful people at Timberkits built by our very own Maria and Sam.
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I was very pleased to come across your two podcasts today. Well done, Sam Cullen. I liked the way each opened with that extract of the orchestra at full blast. This makes a good opening impression... maybe retain it as your signature tune? Or something similar.... when you all play tutti frutti, the sound is unique!
I was also very pleased that I could get these podcasts without installing any Apple bloatware (I-Tunes). Simply by googling the actual titles, I found them both at something called Player FM, and was able to listen live or download them.
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In the 2nd of our podcasts roving reporter Sam Cullen talks to LAO players during our recent tour of Slovenia and plays clips from the concert. He also looks into the history of the accordion in the region. It's all free, make sure you subscribe via the link so you never miss an episode!
The orchestra flew home from Slovenia last night after an unforgettable weekend. The concert in the Philharmonic Hall, Ljubljana, was spectacular and warmly received by a very enthusiastic audience. We were joined on stage by percussion ensemble Slovenski Tolkalni Projekt, a fantastic group of musicians who we are pleased to say will be joining us in London for a joint concert in Spring 2019. Thanks to the British Embassy Ljubljana and the Embassy of Slovenia, London for their help and support. Also thanks to Dejan Tamše and Valentina Rupel for helping to organise the tour. Slovenia is such a beautiful country, we hope to be able to return one day!
Concert tomorrow in the Philharmonic Hall, Ljubljana, but today was all about fun! Team LAO explore Slovenia...