The Fretful Federation: Home






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.

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.

2014 has been an exciting year for us so far. Check out the links above for more information about our visit to Germany and our successes at the Bristol BMG Rally.

Listen to some of our new live recordings here on SoundCloud

Check out our Facebook page

Latest news from the Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Rally here :-


Upcoming concerts


Feb 27 Friday
St. Luke's Church, Queen's Park Road, BN2 9ZB.. 7:30pm

Featured is a Vivaldi Concerto for Guitar and Flute with wonderful soloists Sam Brown on guitar and Canadian, Kathy Rogers on flute.
The concert takes place in the warm and cosy setting of St. Luke's Church, Queen's Park Road, Brighton, BN2 9ZB. Tickets are available on the door and cost £7 / £5 concessions / £3 for under 12s.

Mar 10 Tuesday
St George's Church, Kemptown,Brighton,East Sussex,BN2 1ED. 7:30pm

A charity concert in aid of The Martlets with guest soloist, Kathy Rogers, flute.
Tickets priced £10 including tea/coffee and biscuits will be available on the door, from Martlets shops or by phoning the Martlets events team on 01273 964200.

Mar 24 Tuesday
King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield, RH16 2HH. 7:30pm

Details to follow.

May 19 Tuesday
St George's Church, Kemptown,Brighton,East Sussex,BN2 1ED. 7:30pm

Details to follow