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the Orchestra
a celebration of London's finest plucked string players
 
 
Image of Frances Taylor

conductor
- Frances Taylor

Mandolinist Frances Taylor has established herself as a leading interpreter of 18th century music. Frances Taylor has performed internation-ally, at high profile venues and with many prestigious orchestras. An enthusiastic teacher and communicator, she runs workshops which specialise in combining mandolin with period instruments.
 
 
 
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principal mandolinist
- Anna Langley

By day, a computer geek at the University of Cambridge, by night a lute and mandolin teacher and conductor of the Moonlight Mandolins. She started learning recorder, cello and harpsichord at the age of 12, then took up the lute a year later. She took up the mandolin seriously in 2006, joined the Moonlights shortly afterwards, and became musical director in 2010. Anna became our principal mandolinist for the 2011 London Mandolin Festival and continues in that role.
 
 
 
Image of Richard Mackenzie

theorbist
- Richard Mackenzie

Richard is rapidly gaining recognition as a soloist and collaborative artist on renaissance and baroque lutes, early and classical guitars, vihuela, theorbo and recorders. He is a permanent member of several ensembles and has appeared in many prestigious festivals.
 
 
 
Image of Karen Chung

harpsichordist
- Karen Chung

Karen Chung graduated in Music from City University where she studied harpsichord with Asako Ogawa at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is currently indulging her passion for historical musicology, with particular focus on English keyboard music of the Elizabethan and early Jacobean era, on the Masters in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.
 
 

the players

A majority of the players are sourced from clubs affiliated with the British BMG Federation and Federation of Guitar Societies. Players from as far away as Bristol, Brighton, Essex and Cambridge participated in the 2009 First London Mandolin Festival and many continue to be active members of the orchestra.
 
Mandolin, mandola, mandocello, acoustic classical guitar, acoustic bass guitar and double bass players of all levels are invited to join. As we go through a large amount of music and since none is available in tablature form, we recommend learning to be able to read notated music if you cannot already do so.
 
If you have never played a fretted instrument before we can help you find a teacher. If you are a beginner we will do everything we can to make you feel welcome and help you gain confidence in playing in the orchestra.
 
 
 
Danza Cubana at the 2010
London Mandolin Festival
 
 
Suite No 2, Movement 4
by Konrad Wolki at the
2012 London Mandolin Festival
 
First and second mandolins at a 2009 Festival rehearsal
 
First and second mandolins at
a 2009 Festival rehearsal
 
the Players
 
 

1st mandolins

Jessie Bailey
Richard Eyres
Susanna Ingram
KC Lai
Anna Langley*
Gina Le Faux
David Lewis
Sally Pearce
Adrian Rendell
 

2nd mandolins

Martin Arundell
Lorraine Dixon
Cherri Graebe
Dave Griffiths*
Clare Hall
Philip James
Frank Kerntiff
Ros Mcguirk
Anne Moller
Geoffrey Packe
Rowena Sudbury
 

mandolas

Adam Bell
Cathy Cox
Elizabeth O'Beirne-Ranelagh
Ian Segui*
 

guitars

Morgan Andrews
Sue Antell
Bob Brisley
Stelios Christodoulou*
Simon Rondle
Sandra Woodruff
 

double bass

Dean Minot*
 
* indicates section leader