Videos from the Mandolin Symposium 2015 have been made available in the youtube channel Mandotunes.
The videos form the Friday night concert include teacher performances with Mike Marshall, Caterina Lichtenberg, Don Stiernberg, Sharon Gilchrist, Dudu Maia, Rich del Grosso, Roland White, Mike Mullins and the different student ensembles.
The playlist does also include videos of the Brazilian Choro group Choro das Tres and the Ragtime Skedaddlers who performed at the Mandolin Symposium 2015.
The TonArt Quartet is a profesional mandolin ensemble composed of
Sabine Marz – mandolin
Natalia Korsak – mandolin
Nicholas Maretsky – mandola
Marina Romeyko – piano
This quartet has given a concert in the Philharmony in Minsk on October 24th 2014. A set of videos from this concert is available at youtube.
The TonArt quartet has played a program of works by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Raffaele Calace, Mikis Theodorakis, Yasuo Kuwahara.
As a part of this concert obviously there was also a performance by the new mandolin- and guitar-ensemble EXPRESSION, one video shows this mandolin orchestra with a piece composed by Claudio Mandolico.
Playlist TonArt Quartet
Sirtaki – Mikis Theodorakis
Ouvertüre from I Gitonia ton Angelon (Viertel der Engel, Kambanellis) – Mikis Theodorakis
Stephen Lalor is a mandolin player and composer who lives in Australia. I have met Stephen during the Eurofestival Zupfmusik 2014 in Bruchsal.
Many of Stephen’s compositions are available as youtube videos. One of my favorite compositions – Kolo Kolo – is available in two different versions. The first recording is played by the Volatinsky Trio with Stephen Lalor playing the domra, together with violoncello and a hammered dulcimer. The second version is played by a more typical mandolin ensemble – the Ensemble Plektra. As many of Stephen’s compositions Kolo Kolo is based on folk dances from Eastern Europe.
Another piece that I liked very much is the Four String Swing, one of the few swinging composition for mandolins.
Stephen has composed for many different groups. You can find a composition for mandolin and harp (Ballade and Autostrada Waltz, played by Alison Stephens and Lauren Scott), and you can hear the Digeridoo as the typical Australian instrument in his Brisbane Suite.
Recently Stephen has been awarde a PhD for his compositions:
Stephen Lalor has recently been awarded a PhD (Composition) through the University of Sydney (May 2014). His folio of compositions for solo mandolin, solo guitar, mandola, string quartet and mixed ensemble (titled Ethnicities of Sound) were described as:
“sophisticated, compelling, cosmopolitan music compositions, which are beautifully rendered and replete with new sounds and virtuosic techniques that are deeply embodied by a musician-composer who is a specialist in the field of plucked instruments ….” (Dr Aileen Dillane, University of Limerick, Ireland)
I have compiled the following playlist with compositions by Stephan Lalor (focused on compositions for mandolin and other plucked instruments).
Playlist Stephen Lalor
List of compositions for the mandolin by Stephen Lalor
The London Mandolin Ensemble was founded in 2012. In previous years existed an earlier London Mandolin Ensemble, but for many years there was not much mandolin ensemble music in London.
London Mandolin Ensemble is a small chamber orchestra of around a dozen musicians and conductor. Our members are keen plucked string players from London and the surrounding areas.
We are pleased to have revived, in name at least, the original London Mandolin Ensemble,
which first met in Petit France and then Pimlico, London, in the early 1970s. Members of this group included Paul Marquis, who studied and worked with virtuoso mandolinist Hugo D’Alton at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the British composer Eileen Packenham.
Our repertoire covers a wide range of classical music, from early music to contemporary works. Instrumentation is based on the Romantic quartet tradition of mandolin 1, mandolin 2, octave mandola and guitar.
On Tuesday we have visited the rehearsal of the London Mandolin Ensemble. We rehearsed the mandolin concerto by Hasse, the Canon by Pachelbl and started with a piece by Eileen Packenham with a lot of chromatic scales. The rehearsal was conducted by Travis Finch who has studied with Alison Stephens. Travis does also organize a regular workshop for the mandolin players in London.
In recent years the London Mandolin Festival has been organized every year. There are some videos from the performances of the London Mandolin Festival at youtube:
Playlist London Mandolin Festival
Back in 1955 and 1949
The BMG has organized Banjo and Mandolin Festivals in the 1940s and 1950s, British Pathe has two short videos about the festivals of 1949 and 1955 – you can see many anjo players, but also some mandolins:
Plenty of Pluck (1951)
Musicians of Britain’s Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Clubs are arriving at Red Lion Square with instruments. An orchestra plays ‘Mind the Guns’ conducted by Phil Barker.
Music Festival on Strings (1949)
Participants are arriving, later a big Orchestra is playling.
Back in 1903
In 1903 a big mandolin orchestra has played in Queen’s Hall and in the Crystal Pallace. The following postcard shows”The Largest Mandoline Band in the World”
On the website of the London Mandolin Ensemble you can find additional information about the members and the conductor of the ensemble, about the rehearsals and a lot of more interesting information about the mandolin.