Calendar of Events

Oct 4 Friday Queens Park Road, Brighton BN2 9ZB. 7:30pm St Luke's Music and wine

The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra will perform The other ocean, a new composition by Esmeralda Conde Ruiz with evocative film archive material provided by Screen Archive South East. An invitation to think, feel and remember. Plus its usual eclectic and entertaining selection of mandolin orchestra material. A chance to see and hear this very exciting and unusual presentation of music and film which was written for the Making Music Adopt a Composer project.

Jul 6 Saturday Paddle HQ near West Pier, Brighton. 12:30pm Paddle Round the Pier

Come and Try Mandolin and Ukulele sessions will take place on the bus from 12.30 to 1.15 on Saturday and Sunday.

Jun 21 Friday Jubilee Library at Jubilee Street, Brighton BN1 1GE. 2:30pm Jubilee Library event

The Frets will be taking part in this Make Music Day event in the library.
The whole program runs from 10 til 5 but we will play for half an hour at 2.30.
It should be a fun day, organised by Making Music. Here's the program.

10-11.15am - Singing Workshop with Aneesa Chaudhry and members of the Martlets ‘Good Vibrations’ community choir in in conference room 3. Join in to learn songs to perform at 11:30!
10.15-10.45am - Baby Boogie drop-in music session...

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May 21 Tuesday St George's Church, Kemptown, Brighton. 7:30pm Brighton Fringe Concert

Back again at the Fringe with our new program which will include a performance of "the other ocean" written by Esmeralda Conde Ruiz and featuring film provided by Screen Archive South East. Find more about this on our 'Adopt A Composer page.
Also on the program, a wide range of music spanning 16th - 20th Centuries, including Portuguese Fado, and the Brook Green Suite by Gustav Holst.
Do come for this unique experience.

Tickets from Brighton Fringe Box Office or on the door...

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Apr 2 Tuesday St George’s Park Ditchling Common Burgess Hill East Sussex RH15 0SF. 7:30pm St George's Park Retirement Village

Our first visit to this Ditchling community.

Nov 18 Sunday Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex Gardner Centre Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RA . 5:00pm The other ocean

The world premiere of 'The other ocean’, a unique silent film and musical accompaniment
performed live creating a musical and visual journey through time. The performance takes place
at Brighton’s Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on November 18th as part of this
year’s Cinecity Film Festival.
Esmeralda Conde Ruiz has worked with Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton
to select seven pieces from its collection and used them to create the...

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May 22 Tuesday St George's Church, St Georges Road, Brighton, BN2 1ED.. 7:30pm New American Mandolin Ensemble at Brighton Fringe

Once again we will be playing the Brighton Fringe as we do every year. This time we are very excited to be sharing the bill with a brilliant professional ensemble from America and we will perform seperately and together.
“Contemporary classical music for plucked string instruments, reflecting folk, jazz and world music influences”

In 2013 the American guitarist/ mandolinist/ conductor Mark Davis formed a ground-breaking new group of professional musicians to perform original...

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Apr 14 Saturday St John the Evangelist Church, Lower Church Rd, Burgess Hill, West Sussex. RH15 9AA. 7:30pm Burgess Hill

A return to Burgess Hill.
This time Nicola Stock and Naomi Goodall will be singing duets with us.
We will perform the trophy winning program from the recent BMG Worthing Festival.

Tickets £8 can be obtained from the Parish Office, The Town Help Point or on the door.

Mar 2 Friday Davison High School, Worthing BN11 2JX. 5:00pm BMG Festival

The BMG (banjo, mandolin, guitar) Festival will take place in Worthing this year and we are hosting it! The venue will be the Davison High School for Girls, the date 2nd to 4th March. It all kicks off on Friday evening with a concert given by the wonderful Dutch guitar and mandolin duo, Marijke & Michiel Wiesenekker. They play a captivating variety of styles including pop, rock, bluegrass, folk, jazz and classical and are brilliant musicians. (Check them out here -...

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Oct 20 Friday Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, TN6 1FE. . 7:30pm Crowborough

This will be our second visit to the Crowborough Community Centre where we hope to entertain another excellent audience. Local sopranos, Nicola Stock and Maria Porter will be joining us. Featuring work by Monteverdi, Delibes and many others. Tickets £8 are available from Also from The Community Centre, on the door or from Wardrobe dress shop in Crowborough High Street. Bar available.

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