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London Mandolin Festival


Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Other, Mandolin.


We are aiming to create the largest plucked string orchestra that London has not seen in decades! We have more than 30 players registered for the festival from areas as far as Bristol, Cambridge, Essex, Brighton, Watford, Hatfield, Enfield and Lewisham to commute into central London to rehearse and then perform 7 set pieces.

So if you can play either

- Mandolin, Mandola or Mandocello
- Classical Guitar
- Acoustic Bass Guitar or Double Bass

Then we would love to hear from you!

The rehearsals will be on Feb 8, Mar 22, Apr 26. The rehearsals will start from 10am (9:30am arrival/tuning), and finish at 4pm with a lunch break 12:30pm - 1:30pm. The rehearsals will be held in the Big Wheel Studio at 26 Exmouth Market Clerkenwell EC1.

The concert will be on May 17. The concert will be held in Clerkenwell Church which is right next door to the Big Wheel Studio. We will have the church from 1pm (12:30pm arrival/tuning), and hold a dress rehearsal till 3pm. The first concert will be held between 4pm - 5pm. If we sell out the tickets for the first concert then a second concert will run from 7pm - 8pm.

The following pieces will be performed

- Under Sydney Skies By John Peterson, a contemporary piece popular with players of the 2008 Sydney International Mandolin festival.
- Planxty O'Carolan By Bruno Szordikowski, an Irish suite, includes "Down by the Sally Gardens", popular in mandolin orchestras worldwide.
- Ilford Waltz By Harry Hasler, was composed as a tribute to the now defunct Ilford BMG group and was well received at a previous BMG rally.
- Greek Suite By Manos Hadjidakis, Hadjidakis also wrote "Never on Sunday" which is a common piece in all the London BMG groups.
- Four Sea Pictures By Eileen Packenham, a contemporary piece once performed by the European Youth Orchestra.
- Trio D-Gur By Emannuella Barbella, a baroque style piece
- Amapola By John Lacalle, a pop song reaching #1 in 1941 and has been popular with both players and audience alike

Register now at londonmandolinfestival@googl to start practicing and join in the fun!

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