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.

Listen to some of our new live recordings here on SoundCloud

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


Upcoming concerts


Jun 14 Sunday
King Edward Hall, 24 High Street, Lindfield, RH16 2HH. . 3:00pm

Concert program to follow.

Tickets are £10 or £8 for concessions and include a glass of wine or soft drink.
Available from, 01444 412704 or on the door.

Jul 12 Sunday
. 3:00pm

Details to follow

Sep 8 Tuesday
Florence House, Southdown Rd, Seaford, East Sussex BN25 4JS. 7:30pm

A return to Florence House.