Canberra Mandolin Orchestra
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 at the National Folk Festival
The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra is very excited to be invited to play at the Nash again this year! Looking forward to getting calluses on our calluses, and meeting lots of other musicians along the way, see you there!
We will be performing on four days over the Easter festival. See the festival web site for more information.
CMO CD sales now on the web site
Beginner sessions are being held. New players welcome at any level. Call our student coordinator at 6231 5974
Watch the video to hear some fragments from a recent rehearsal and see some candid snaps of us at work!
CANBERRA MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA @ 2023 NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL
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.
BEGINNER SESSIONS ! ARE YOU INTERESTED IN:
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.
PREVIOUS CONCERTS in 2022 and 2023
The CANBERRA MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA
The Monaro Folk Society with Dance Delights
are pleased to present
Settlers, Sheds & Ballrooms
Canberra Mandolin Orchestra presents Dancing Feet
FAME Festival - 2024 in Brisbane!
The main activity of FAME (Federation of Mandolin Ensembles) 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.
In 2024 the FAME Festival will be held mid-year in Brisbane, (rather than the usual January dates), from Sunday 30th June to Sunday 7th July 2024, at The Women's College, on the Queensland University campus in St Lucia. The conductor for the FAME Festival Orchestra will be Richard Charlton, well known guitarist and composer of some wonderful music for mandolin orchestras. He has been commissioned to compose a new work for the Brisbane FAME Festival.
The Brisbane FAME Festival Concert will be staged at the beautiful St John's Cathedral on Saturday 6th July.
If you are interested in attending next year's festival, contact the CMO!
FAME Festival Concert in Perth 2023
Saturday 14 January 2023, Perth Modern School, Beasley Hall, Roberts Road, Subiaco