LME had another great concert at Crown Court, Church of Scotland, Covent Garden on 18th July. It was a Baroque programme, and featured music by Scarlatti, Roeser, Hasse, Bach, Sweelinck...
A little piece of UK history. This was the first mandolin ever played by Alison Stephens - a de Meglio we think - which belonged to her father...
Two great books from Simon Mayor are available soon. They are repertoire books, covering music from four centuries - 17th century, traditional music from around the world, ragtime, bluegrass, Calace's Bolero, Simon's own compositions and some duets.
The music comes with suggested technique, advice, downloadable audio and is graded by degree of difficulty, so is highly accessible!
If you put the two covers together you have a complete photo of Simon's 1917 Lyon & Healy model A. For those of you in the know, there's also a fun illustration by Hilary James on page 33 of Volume 2. Answers on a postcard please!
The books are obtainable from Simon Mayor's website:
We had a really wonderful concert on 6th June, as guests of Opal Flutes - lovely acoustic, and a great audience! Here we are with guest conductor Owen Bourne...
London Mandolin Quartet had a terrific debut concert as guests of the London Saxophone Choir. The concert was held in Dulwich, and a repeat performance will take place in Esher, Surrey on Saturday 30th May.
Stuart McGowan has composed Easter Quartet, a lovely new work in three movements, dedicated to the London Mandolin Quartet. The quartet hopes to give a world premiere of this piece in the near future...
Watford Plectra Orchestra is sad to report the death on 24 March 2015 of Mr Jack Harris on his 98th birthday.
Although not a mandolin player, Jack will have been well-known to many in the BMG world. He was conductor and musical director of Watford Plectra Orchestra from the 1960s until early 2013 when ill-health forced his retirement. He was also conductor of the original London Mandolin Ensemble in the 1970s when he became a friend of the late Eileen Pakenham.
He was a fine, sensitive musician with great insight into plucked string music. He was endlessly patient and had a great sense of humour.
He will be greatly missed.
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