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One of the proudest achievements of Ian Harris's life is the creation of this 30 piece mandolin orchestra, made up of 1st and 2nd mandolins, mandolas, guitars, mandocellos and 2 mandobasses.

This achievement wouldn't have happened without the support of the long-termers, who have been with The Fretful Federation since the beginning; namely Lindsay Stoner, for her undoubted enthusiasm, playing and technical support, and Alan Kennington, as the mandobass player, who has invested lots of time and money (in getting a 1st class mandobass from Richard Osborne) with us.

The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra has been performing for over ten years. They rehearse once a week, every week, at St Georges Church, Kemptpwn, Brighton on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. They have performed at numerous festivals and towns around the south, including The Brighton Festival, Adur Festival, Worthing, Littlehampton, Hailsham, Lewes, Shoreham-by-Sea.

The music they play ranges from Classical, Baroque Concertos, Music Hall, Contemporary Composers (they have commissioned pieces from some of the finest living composers such as David Sutton-Anderson) from around the world. The orchestra is arranged as a traditional string orchestra, as the mandolin family duplicates the violin family; 1st mandolins, 2nd mandolins, mandolas, mandocello, guitars (nylon strung; an exception to the traditional string orchestra, of course!), and mandobasses You can hire a mandolin group/orchestra, from 1 to 30 piece, to play at your function/occasion. An addition to any event that is sure to surprise and impress.

Also, if you would like to join The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra please contact, Ian Harris at polesapartstilts@ntlworld.com.

Website: www.fretful-federation.co.uk

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