" Retro romantic reprobates keeping London tangoed" Songlines Magazine March 2015
The London Tango Orchestra is the largest professional tango group in the country, a real "orquesta tipica" uniting leading UK tango musicians with players from Argentina. The orchestra was founded in 2009 by Caroline Pearsall and is the first of its kind in the UK.
The orchestra performs music from the rich repertoire of tango, old and new, sharing its love of tango music through concerts, milongas and workshops and cultural exchanges between musicians from Europe, USA and Argentina. The group also goes out in smaller formations, such as the London Tango 4tet.
Their performances so far include the Southbank Centre, Flipside Festival with Leonardo Suarez Paz and Juan Jose Mosalini, Oxford University, Chelsea Arts Club, Helmsley Arts Centre, St James Church in Piccadilly, Ignite Concert Series at the Royal Albert Hall, the City of London Festival, Union Chapel, The Forge, Lets Tango UK Carnival Milonga, Tangoffs, Learning Tango, Tango Alchemy, Tango South, the Quarterhouse in Folkestone, Reading Tango Festival and Halle Tango Festival in Germany. They were part of a tango documentary filmed by the BBC in 2012 and several members recently appeared on the ITV series Mr Selfridge II.
Recent radio plays include 103.2 DublinCityFM and Resonance FM and their music has been used in the TV show The Real Drakoolavs.
Their first album Primeros Pasos came out in 2014 and is available on this website. They are just finishing their second album due out later this year.
We are currently putting together our latest project: Piazzolla and Beyond, which includes great classics by Piazzolla and new music written by tango composers in the last 5 years. We are also making an album with this repertoire now.
The orchestra's current musicians are:
Caroline Pearsall (violin & direction)
Guillermo Rozenthuler (voice)
Andrew Oliver/ John Turville (piano)
Enrique Galassi/ Tom Mason (bass)
Jamie Barclay/ Thea Spiers (violin)
Barnaby Adams/Cressida Wislocki (viola)
Adam Spiers (cello)
Bartosz Glowacki/Mirek Salmon (bandoneon)
LTO Escuela with Learning Tango School
Evening with famous tango bass player Juan Pablo Navarro
Tango Bass Lessons with Juan Pablo Navarro (biography)
10am - 7pm
136 Hither Green Lane
London SE13 6QA
Get in touch if you'd like to participate!
LTOE Escuela with El Amanacer Tango Club
LTO Escuela Performance TBC
June 28 - 30
Benslow Tango Techniques & Styles
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