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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

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

Our annual visit to the Festival. This year we will have special guests, "Spareparts Concertinas" playing with us, producing a unique blend of sounds - a mandolin orchestra together with two English concertinas. The program will include some lovely folk tunes, some of which have a Sussex connection. Valmai Goodyear and Bryan Creer are well known on the Sussex Folk scene. Come and listen.

We will be playing the prize winning program from Glasgow plus some brand new material.
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Jun 7 Tuesday
St John the Evangelist Church, Burgess Hill, West Sussex.. 7:30pm

More information about the program to follow.

Please note that this is a changed date. Part of the Burgess Hill Festival.

Jul 5 Tuesday
Hampers Green Community Centre GU28 9NL. 7:30pm

This will be our first visit to the Petworth Fringe. We will be playing our usual eclectic mix of material new and old and our soloists will be Bryan Creer and Valmai Goodyear playing English concertinas.
More information to follow.