Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

Welcome to the new web site for the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra!

Over coming weeks and months we will add a lot more content including audio, videos and photos as well as more news about CMO activities.

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 from 6 pm each Monday (see below). We can also provide instrument loans for beginners.

Next Performances

We're finalizing plans for more interesting and entertaining concerts. We're also working on our first CD which will be released later in the year. Watch the video below to hear some fragments from a recent rehearsal and see some candid snaps of us at work!


During the pandemic, rehearsals are every Monday, 6.00-8:00 pm, Hellenic Club in the City, 13 Moore St, Civic.

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

Hellenic Club in the City

FAME Festival - 2022 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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