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. 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.
NEW LIVE CD NOW AVAILABLE - 15 TRACKS FOR £6.50
Listen to some of our new live recordings here on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/FretFed
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For our annual performance at the Fringe this year, we hope to be working with two sopranos to perform some work from the baroque era and presenting a new program of music for mandolin orchestra of various genres.
This will be our second visit to the Crowborough Community Centre where we hope to entertain another excellent audience.