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.
The orchestra released their new album "Flight" with original compositions for accordion orchestra on Sotones Records in March 2017. The album was recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios and is available from our online store. Check out the official video for the release here:
Music, publishing and more from the London Accordion Orchestra.
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***Join the orchestra***
LAO have 2 spaces available for experienced players in the main orchestra and 4 spaces in our Intermediate orchestra.
2018 will be another action packed year for LAO. Our film music concert in January, a performance at The Royal Academy of Music to premiere new works by RAM students in April, touring to Slovenia in May and a return to a famous central London venue for a special performance at the end of the year.
Rehearsals are twice a month in Pimlico and you don't have to live in London to join. We work hard but have plenty of fun as well! For more information email the orchestra:
***Save The Date***
Thanks to everyone who came to our joint concert with ALJO from Germany. The concert was sold out and the packed audience gave our guests a wonderful reception.
Our next concert will be on 20th January at 4pm in Pimlico. We will be letting our hair down with a programme called 'LAO at the Movies' - a whole concert of wonderful film scores. Save the date! Tickets will be available at the start of November.
***Box office update***
Only 5 tickets remain for our joint concert this Sunday afternoon. There will be no tickets available on the door. Ready, get set, go get 'em! (click 'Book Now' on our FaceBook page or go through our website: www.londonao.co.uk)
Here at LAO Towers we like to innovate. So for the first time we have made an interactive program. Click the link below to explore the music, get to know our soloists and find out more about both orchestras. Feel free to use it during the concert, with phones on silent of course...
For remaining tickets click 'Book Now' on our Facebook Page.
***Soloist Preview 2***
With just 6 days to go until our big joint concert we thought those lucky ticket holders might like to get to know Eliza Marshall, soloist in the World Premiere of Ian Watson's new piece 'Voyage', a little better. There are few tickets left, but not many! Click 'Book Now' above for remaining ticket info, scroll down for more about the amazing Eliza Marshall.
Eliza's career has been as diverse as her musical tastes. She has worked as a freelancer with many major orchestras including BBC Concert Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia, London Mozart Players, London Sinfonietta, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and Britten Sinfonia – touring with the latter around India in 2014 in collaboration with sarod guru Amjad Ali Khan.
Commercial work has involved performing as principal flute on numerous film scores and albums – artists include Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and Peter Gabriel, and on soundtracks such as The Lord Of The Rings, Kung Fu Panda, The Great Gatsby, Sherlock Holmes with composers Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone, Howard Shaw to name a few. Tours with Peter Gabriel have taken Eliza all over Europe, North and South America. She regularly records as a soloist on flutes, ethnic flutes and whistles for films and television – heard on the likes of Hidden Kingdoms, The Musketeers, Robin Hood and Prometheus.
No stranger to the West End, Eliza first performed in The Phantom Of The Opera in 2007, and since then has depped for Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Oliver, The Lord Of The Rings; she was thrilled to be appointed the flute chair at The Lyceum Theatre for The Lion King early in 2015.
LAO were featured on BBC Radio 3 today. Thanks to the wonderful Anne Reid for choosing 'Rome', from Europa by Jason Carr, to play on her 'Essential Classics' show. Click the link below to listen again on BBC iPlayer (scroll to 1:09 to hear Anne talk about the piece).
Some tickets are still available for our concert on the 3rd September - click 'Book Now' above for more details. The last few physical copies of our Abbey Road album 'Flight' will be available to buy at the concert.
I just heard you played on BBC Radio 3... Rome from Europa!