Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Canberra Mandolin Orchestra presents Dancing Feet

Saturday 23 April from 2 until 4pm

Step up to a world of mandolins and Dancing Feet!

Come and join the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra in a celebration of international dance music to be performed at the Folk Dance Hall, 114 Maitland St, Hackett.

Dancing Feet will see the massed mandolins of different sizes play a wide variety of dance music from across the world including waltzes, mazurkas, tangos, polkas and folk dances.

Dancers from 'Dance Delights and Friends' will demonstrate moves and steps and audience members will be welcome to join in the fun dancing.

The mandolin orchestra will be directed by Canberra composer/conductor Michael Hardy and will include some concert pieces.

The Orchestra's recently completed first CD will be available for purchase. It features music from the communities that came to Australia in the post-war period from around the world.

The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra was formed in 2003 and brings together players of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar and double bass. It works like a string orchestra except that mandolin family instruments are plucked and not bowed.

Tickets for the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra's Dancing Feet concert are $20 and $15 available at the door or online at (fees apply) or call 0417 691 404

Welcome to the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Formed in 2003, the CMO brings together players of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar and bass. It keeps alive the rich tradition of the mandolin groups that emerged in the first couple of decades of the 20th century. The CMO's repertoire includes original Australian compositions, ritzy tunes from the dawn of the jazz age, light classics, film themes, world folk music and popular tunes.

The orchestra meets every Monday evening at the Hellenic Club in Moore St, Civic. New players are always welcome and we provide tuition at the same venue each Monday (see under "Rehearsals"). We can also provide instrument loans for beginners.

CMO CD sales now on the web site

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Watch the video below to hear some fragments from a recent rehearsal and see some candid snaps of us at work!


During the period of stringent COVID-19 restrictions we at first did not do face-to-face rehearsals and later moved to an arrangement of the orchestra and beginners' classes being on different days, at different times, to accommodate the early closing time of our venue the Hellenic Club of Canberra in the City.

We have again brought these two weekly events back together, and so each Monday our beginners' classes are at 17:30 and the orchestra rehearsal will be 19:00-21:00 on Mondays also.

Beginner sessions are being held. New players welcome at any level. Call our student coordinator at 6231 5974

Hellenic Club in the City


Our rehearsals are conducted at the Hellenic Club and we are there consistent with their Covid-19 Management Plan. Our responsibility is to maintain safe social distancing while we are setting up and rehearsing. Members are also reminded to comply with the Club's requirements including signing in.

During this period we have foregone our practice of member-supplied supper as an additional measure to reduce our risk.

Members are of course requested to STAY AWAY if they are unwell. We are now recording our rehearsal sessions so that members can "play along" with the complete rehearsal at a time that suits them.

FAME Festival - 2023 in Perth!

The main activity of FAME Festivals is a week of intensive rehearsing in preparation for the performance of a concert for the public on the Saturday evening before the Festival concludes. Interspersed with rehearsals of the Festival Orchestra are social events and outings, in-house concerts in which the various orchestras or small ad hoc ensembles or individuals perform for the other Festival participants. Jam sessions are known to happen at sporadic intervals.

If you are interested in attending next year's festival, contact the CMO!


  • Improving your skills on the mandolin, mandola, mandocello, bass or guitar?

  • Playing a wide range of musical styles from folk, ethnic and classical music through to ragtime?

  • Playing and practising with a group of like-minded musicians who enjoy playing together?

  • Performing in concerts at a variety of musical venues?

The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra is keen to encourage new musicians to join its ranks. Why not come along and be part of an enthusiastic, well known and popular group of musicians?

We conduct beginner sessions for prospective and new members. You'll get expert guidance on playing skills, repertoire, sight reading and more.

For more information call Ian Bull on 02 6231 5974.

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