"The musicianship is impressive" Jazz Journal Feb 2022
"Passion, emotionality, sweet sadness and eroticism - everything that is loved and appreciated by tango, the musicians of the London Tango Orchestra perform with great skill and genuine love for this wonderful music." Jazz Quad
“Fantastic release” Johannes Heretsch, Planet Sounds
“ incredible, the London Tango Orchestra’s stunning latest album, ABRAZO ABIERTO” DJ Ritu, A World In London
“Great music, deep emotions”, Roland Altenburger, Querfunk Karlsruhe
" 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, La Clave Fest in Finsbury Park, 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.
Our second album Abrazo Abierto, came out in September 2021, which includes great classics by Piazzolla and new music written by tango composers in the last 5 years.
The orchestra's current musicians are:
Caroline Pearsall (violin & direction)
Guillermo Rozenthuler (voice)
John Turville (piano)
Tom Mason (bass)
Diane Aidenbaum (violin)
Barnaby Adams (viola)
Adam Spiers (cello)
Mirek Salmon/Guillermo Willis (bandoneon)
Iñigo Berrade (accordion)
May 20 Dulwich Festival 4-6pm
June 23 Criccieth Festival with dance couple Dante Culcuy
Next Orquesta Escuelas rehearsals:
May 27 & 28
June 24 & 25
Our second album Abrazo Abierto on Bandcamp
Check out this recent podcast interview on tango violin with Radio Tango Angeles
NEW! Learn Tango violin online!
Caroline is offering tango violin classes online via Zoom.
€40 / £35 an hour where you will learn tango effects, techniques, musicality, phrasing, history and how to play a Piazzolla solo! Please email for more information.
I have launched a Patreon page hoping to find support from fans of tango music to help me in my tango projects and research. If you feel like joining in and becoming part of my tango music community please sign up!
Latest blog post for The Strad about tango techniques!