dawn chorus - new album out now (16.06.17)


Each track is set to a different dawn chorus recording.
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Ltd Edition ultraclear vinyl (as above) still available from Bandcamp and independent record stores.

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Hidden Orchestra is an imagined orchestra created by composer/producer Joe Acheson


Currently based in Brighton (UK)


The releases feature a wide variety of guest musicians from different musical backgrounds, recorded separately, and combined by Joe in his studio to create an 'imaginary orchestra' that doesn't really exist.

Dark orchestral textures, with field recordings, bass, and layers of drums and percussion.


Live Band


Joe Acheson - bass and electronics
Poppy Ackroyd - piano and violin
Jamie Graham - drums
Tim Lane - drums and trombone

Tom Lumen - live visuals
Phil Cardwell - trumpet
Su-a Lee - cello
Fraser Fifield - whistles and saxophone
Mary Macmaster - harps
Tomas Dvorak - clarinet
Jindrich Pavlis - clarinet


Since 2010, the band have toured in over 30 countries, selling out venues from Edinburgh and London to Prague, Moscow, Athens and Istanbul. Equally at home in clubs, churches, cinemas, museums and concert halls, their many festival appearances include Glastonbury's West Holts Stage, WOMAD, Green Man, T in the Park (UK), NH7 Weekender (India), Fusion (Germany), Outlook, Soundwave (Croatia), Pohoda (Slovakia), and Colours of Ostrava (CZ), and countless jazz festivals including North Sea Jazz (Netherlands), Hamburg Uberjazz (Germany), Pori (Finland), London (UK), Copenhagen (Denmark), Timisoara (Romania), Skopje (Macedonia).

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live dates


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Complete Hidden Orchestra Playlist on Spotify, featuring all album tracks, b-sides, and remixes.