British BMG Federation Rally 2012 comes to London!


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British BMG Federation Rally 2012 comes to London!

Postby londonmandolinfestival » Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:43 pm


Friday 2nd March – Sunday 4th March 2012
Central Foundation Boys’ School, Cowper Street, London EC2A 4SH

A weekend open to all, packed with fretted instrument performances, workshops and competitions

The Rally Syllabus Booklet with full details of the weekend is available to download here

Download and fill in the booking form here now to take part

Workshop places are limited!

Friday Evening Concert

Enjoy the unique sounds of fretted instruments performed by two great acts whether or not you play a fretted instrument. The evening begins with Travis Finch who will perform classical mandolin repertoire from various influences and end with the sounds of Brazilian Choro from the creative and innovative musician Gaio de Lima with Club de Choro. Seating is limited so be sure to get your tickets early. As a bonus, we are pleased to announce that Craig Ogden, guitarist, will perform with Travis.

Saturday Workshops (for full details download Rally Syllabus Booklet above)

Learn more about your fretted instrument by attending the workshops below. Don't play a fretted instrument? Why not be an observer and get a feel for the style of fretted instruments. Workshop places are limited so be sure to register early.
Klezmer, An Introduction - Ilana Cravitz
Chords without Tears for Mandolins and Tenor banjos - Hugh Boyde
Effective Practising - Douglas Rogers
Tremendous Trills for mandolins - Michael Hooper
Choro - Gaio de Lima
Performing with confidence - David Griffiths
Traditional Tunes From Asturias and Galicia - Rob Garcia
Come and Try the Lute - Lynda Sayce
1st – 7th position and beyond for mandolins - Travis Finch
Classic Banjo Techniques - Elias Sibley
Teaching a Fretted Instrument - Barbara Pommerenke-Steel & Eddie Smith
Mandolin Concerti - Frances Taylor
Gypsy Music - Gundula Gruen
Come and Try the Ukulele - Colin Tribe
Jazz and Improvisation - David Price
The Delicate Sounds of Eileen Pakenham - Janet Ambrose
Ensemble Skills - Steve Smith
Get the best sound out of your guitar - Gerald Garcia
Youth Orchestra – free event for under 18s – Gerald Garcia
Mass Orchestra – Steve Smith

Saturday Evening Meal, Open-Stage & Ceilidh

The Clerkenwell & Barbican Combined Suite at the Thistle City Barbican hotel is the venue for this informal evening. Come along and chat with fretted instrument players, listen to some great music or perform one of your party pieces and have fun at the ceilidh with the Witchhazel Family Band

The hotel is within easy walking distance of Central Foundation Boys School.

Sunday Contests

Fretted instrument contests for solo, duo, trio, quartet/quintet, ensemble and orchestra will take place throughout Sunday – see the list of contests and rules & conditions in the Rally Syllabus Booklet above. The weekend will close after the presentation of the trophies. We encourage all players of all levels to have a go. If not participating or don’t play a fretted instrument, come along as an observer and listen to some great fretted instrument performances.

Trade Stands

Traders are invited to display and sell fretted instruments and associated accessories on Saturday and Sunday – see Rally Syllabus Booklet above for details of how to book a place. Our last Rally had more than 200 participants so it will be a great opportunity to promote your goods.


Refreshments will be available at the venue throughout the weekend.

Read information about Accommodation, Congestion Charges, Car Parking and Public Transport in the Rally Syllabus Booklet
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