No1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra No 1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra An all female accordion orchestra performing a variety of musical styles from film and show music, through traditional and Eastern European to jazz and blues. The performance contains an eclectic mix of music in a wide variety of styles – from film music, traditional folk, Eastern European to classical, marches and jazz/blues. Concerts are formatted as “An afternoon/evening with the No1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra”. The music is interspersed with information about the accordion itself, its history and how it works and there is opportunity for the audience to engage with the ladies themselves – asking questions about the music, the accordion or the orchestra and maybe even trying out an accordion themselves. Refreshments are available in the interval and the Ladies are well known for their cakes! It is designed to appeal to all ages and backgrounds, and the aim is to bring the diversity and versatility of the accordion to the attention of the audience – hopefully encouraging more people to start understanding the instrument and maybe encouraging them to start playing themselves. Reviews: “Loved the range. One minute I was on the Russian Steppes, the next I was toe tapping at a Jewish wedding” “....everyone in the audience felt thoroughly engaged...” “,,,was impressed that (the pieces) had such a good variety of style and dynamics” “It was good fun! Thanks for letting us join in!” “Absolutely magical!” ABOUT THE PERFORMER The No1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra was founded by accordion queen Karen Tweed in 2010, bringing together passionate accordion players from all corners of the UK. Since 2013 it has been led by another accordion meistress, Jane Ward, and is still going from strength to strength. The orchestra is a group of 12 female accordionists - 11 piano accordions and 1 basso - who meet up to rehearse and perform for at least 6 weekends each year in different parts of the UK. This all-squeezing, cake-loving tea-drinking band of lovely talented ladies has enthralled audiences all over the country. With the unexpected sounds of multiple accordions played with sensitivity, versatility and a unique style of charming idiosyncrasy they have caused many an accordion-phobe to think twice!