Joe Acheson

composer / producer / musician


Hidden Orchestra is my main solo studio project.
The album recordings feature a wide variety of guest musicians from different musical backgrounds, recorded separately, and combined to create an 'imaginary orchestra' that doesn't really exist.

It's performed live around the world by a core quartet of myself on electronics and bass, Poppy Ackroyd on piano and violin, and drummers Tim Lane and Jamie Graham - with regular instrumental guests and live visuals.

The music combines all the different musical traditions I've been involved in – years of Classical training (composing from an early age, singing in choirs and playing in orchestras), whilst at the same time playing in all kinds of bands and ensembles, DJing and producing.

Tapping into the energy of virtuoso drum solos and adding music and sounds that are dark and beautiful, to create haunting and uplifting Electronic music made without synthesisers – using only acoustic instruments, drums, field recordings and natural sounds to build intense, beat-driven Classical textures with layers of energy, emotion and atmosphere.