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At the concert of the Sixth London Mandolin Festival 2014
Blissfully Baroque - Period Performance on Modern Plucked Strings
Love listening to or playing baroque music on plucked instruments?
 
We are delighted to announce that the 2015 Festival Concert will feature a programme of 18th century music conducted by Frances Taylor. The Orchestra will perform:
 
The previews link to the music publisher Edition 49. Click the PDF link to view the previews
We warmly invite mandolin, mandola, classical guitar and bass players to join us for this exciting exploration of period performance on modern plucked strings. We also seek theorbo and harpsichord players who would be interested in joining us in our celebration of plucked strings. It is not necessary to live in London and players of all musical ability are welcomed in the orchestra.
 
The 7th London Mandolin Festival Concert takes place on Sunday 17 May 2015 in central London. There will be a dress rehearsal at the concert venue on the day of the concert. The Orchestra will also hold three rehearsals on Sundays 25 January, 29 March and 26 April 2015 at a central London venue a short walk from Goodge Street Station. These main rehearsals will start at 11:30am and finish at 3:30pm with a break for lunch.
 
The knowledge of this Golden Age for the mandolin repertoire that Frances Taylor brings to the Orchestra promises to make this a very special experience for everyone involved. The 2015 Festival also offers a great opportunity for any musicians interested in the future national British Fretted Orchestra to start playing with musicians in our Orchestra who also wish to participate in that project.
 
If you enjoy playing baroque music on plucked strings and would like to have fun with our great players on this adventure, please email Ian Segui at londonmandolinfestival@googlemail.com. The fee to join the 2015 Orchestra is £60.
 
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Picture of the conductor Frances Taylor
 
'utterly delightful...quite brilliantly played...' – Musical Opinion
 
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. Her first book, The Mandolin Lesson, a memoir, was published by Matador in March 2014.
 
Picture of The Mandolin Lesson By Frances Taylor