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Hello and welcome to the Fretful Federation's website. Find here information about who we are, current and past events, resources and how to contact us.

Brighton's very own mandolin orchestra currently has 25 players from Brighton and the surrounding areas. The group was founded in 1995 by Ian Harris with the goal of reviving the tradition of mandolin orchestras, which were hugely popular in the UK up until the 1930s. In April 2012 Ian passed the Musical Director baton to Lindsay Stoner.

Originally playing pieces typical of mandolin orchestras from the beginning of the twentieth century, the Fretful Federation has always been expanding and developing its repertoire. We now play a wide range of material including exciting contemporary music by living composers, as well as classical and popular pieces and concertos, and have collaborated with other mandolin orchestras, choirs and the Early Music group The Pastores Ensemble. We have also been lucky enough to play with some talented soloists of other instruments.

The music is written in part form for mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, mandobass, percussion and guitars. We welcome new recruits playing any of these instruments or their relative bowed cousins -- the violin family -- from beginners to advanced players. We perform concerts all over Sussex and have toured abroad.

Listen to some of our new live recordings here on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/FretFed

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Upcoming concerts

2016

Mar 11 Friday
Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow G12 0SW. 7:00pm

The British BMG Federation Festival is held every 2 years and will take place in Glasgow this year. As an orchestra we will be entering the main orchestral competition on Sunday, 13th and will also be entering some small groups in other competitions.
Many of us will be attending workshops with the aim of improving our future performances!

May 17 Tuesday
St Georges Church, St Georges Road, Brighton, BN2 1ED.. 7:30pm

Our annual visit to the Festival. Program details to follow.

May 28 Saturday
St John the Evangelist Church, Burgess Hill, West Sussex.. 7:30pm

More information about the program to follow.