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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

Jul 5 Tuesday
Hampers Green Community Centre GU28 9NL. 8:00pm

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.
Our program will include work by Handel, Elgar and Saint-Saens as well as modern compositions and folk tunes. Not to be missed.

Tickets £7.50 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/249029
or The Box Office 01798...

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