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London 2013 – A Rehearsal with the London Mandolin…

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”


Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903
Worlds Largest Mandoline Band 1903

Additional Information

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.

Website: http://www.londonmandolinensemble.org.uk/

Youtube Channel Travis Finch: http://www.youtube.com/user/ttamsivart/videos

About  Travis Finch: http://www.chadlingtonfestival.org.uk/artists/finch/

Website of the BMG: http://www.banjomandolinguitar.org/



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Clash on the Big Bridge from Final Fantasy V…

Mandolin orchestras from Japan are known for playing arrangements of music from computer games. I have recently discovered this great example, a version of Battle at the Big Bridge / Clash on the Big Bridge from Final Fantasy V played by the mandolin orchestra of the Yamagata Higashi High School:

Clash on the Big Mandolin Ensemble

Performed by the Yamagata Higashi High School in a music contest.

This music has been composed in 1992 for Final Fantasy V, a game for the Super Nintendo SNES. It is interesting that this  music is still popular after more than 20 years.


I have found versions of this piece for mandolin, guitar, string quartet or sinfonic orchestra and have collected the best videos in my playlist. In some of the videos you can see the animations from this computer game.

Playlist “Clash on the Big Bridge” – Final Fantasy V


Additional Information

Final Fantasy Wiki about Clash on the Big Bridge: http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_at_the_Big_Bridge

“Battle at the Big Bridge” (ビッグブリッジの死闘, Biggu Burijji no Shitō?, lit. “Battle to the Death on the Big Bridge”), also known as “Clash on the Big Bridge” or “Battle with Gilgamesh” is a theme from Final Fantasy V. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu in 1992.

Many version of this piece can be found in the youtube channel of MagirusNecros: http://www.youtube.com/user/MagiusNecros/videos

Music of Final Fantasy V

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Final_Fantasy_V

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Videos of the Joachim Trekel Publishing Company at youtube…

The Trekel publishing company has established its own youtube channel about one year ago. In this channel you can find many videos of works for mandolin orchestra, mandolin ensembles, solo mandolin, guitar ensembles and solo guitar which have been published by Trekel.

If you are looking for interesting works that you can play with your mandolin orchestra you should check the Trekel youtube channel regularly. You can find compositions by the important and well known composers for mandolin orchestra like Hermann Ambrosius, Kurt Schwaen, Konrad Wölki and Heinrich Konietzny, Max Baumann, Dieter Kreidler, Fred Witt, Ralph Paulsen Bahnsen, Claudio Mandonico, Torsten Ratzkowski and many other composers.

The latest video is a recording of  a piece by Manuela Frescura with own compositions and arrangements of other Tarantellas. Manuela Frescura is one of the important mandolin players in Switzerland, this is a live performance by the trio tarallucce with mandolin, guitar, tambourine, castagnets and voice:

Manuela Frescura, Le Tarantelle: Laurettina

Italienische Tarantellen – Musik für Mandoline, Blockflöte, Violine, Gitarre, Perkussion, Kastagnetten, Tambourin oder andere beliebige Instrumente – Live-Mittschnitt von “Taralucce”.

Ralph Paulsen Bahnsen, Jugoslavija

Jugoslavija is a great piece for mandolin orchestra based on folk melodies from Jugoslavija

Claudio Mandonico, Music for Play

Music for Play is a very successful suite for mandolin orchestra, it’s fun to play this and also a great piece for concerts.

Heinrich Konietzny, Ständchen

Heinrich Konietzny is the composer of some great avantguarde works for mandolin orchestra and mandolin, but he has also composed this beautiful Ständchen (serenade):

Playlist Trekel Publishing Company:

Trekel youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzfx0iz3nU8VBZqbkRVhKjA/videos

Additional information

Website Manuela Frescura: http://www.manuelafrescura.ch/

Website tarallucce: www.tarallucce.ch.

Fiorentina Talamo – Stimme Manuela

Frescura – Mandoline, Mandola

Laure Perrenoud – Gitarre

Website Trekel publishing company: www.trekel.de

Wikipedia about Heinrich Konietzny: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Konietzny

Related Article: The Tarantella – A Famous Italian Folk Dance Tune

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Compositions by Hermann Ambrosius for the modern Mandolin Orchestra…

Hermann Ambrosius is one of the most important German composers for the modern mandolin orchestra named Zupforchester in Germany. His compositions are played by many orchestras in Germany and around the world.

Today I have compiled all the youtube videos with works by Hermann Ambrosius.

Enjoy the music of Hermann Ambrosius.


Feierlicher Reigen

Hermann Ambrosius, Feierlicher Reigen

Der Mandolinenclub “Ellerbek von 1911” e.V. spielt anlässlich seines 100-jährigen Jubiläums im Kieler Schloss:
Hermann Ambrosius
Feierlicher Reigen

HERMANN AMBROSIUS – Feierlicher Reigen (Ciaccona)

Laboratorio Musicale Estense – Ferrara, Italy


Suite No. 6

Suite N°6 /1; Hermann Ambrosius (1897-1983)

Preludio – Minuetto – Sarabanda

Suite N°6 /2; Hermann Ambrosius (1897-1983)

Gavotta – Badinerie

Lugano’s mandolin orchestra (Ticino, Switzerland) conducted by Mauro Pacchin.
Performed during the Gala concert 2008 at the Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano. Broadcasted live on RETE2, Radio della Svizzera italiana.

Suite No. 6 für zupforchester – Hermann Ambrosius PART ONE

Suite No. 6 für zupforchester – Hermann Ambrosius PART TWO

The Western Australian Mandolin Orchestra performing in Fremantle Town Hall November 2008.
Conducted by Robert Schulz

Suite No.6.wmv


Suite Nr.6 fűr Zupforchester(H.Ambrosius)-組曲第6番

Partita Mandolin Guitar Ensemble (conducted by Joichi Kawamura) performed Hermann Ambrosius’s Suite Nr.6 fűr Zupforchester in the 9th Regular Concert on 24th Sep. 2011 at Chiba City Culture Center Art Holl, Japan. http://homepage2.nifty.com/partita/

Mandol’in Tempo – 02 – suite n°6 de H. Ambrosius

concert à st michel de fronsac de l’ensemble à plectres (mandolines et guitares) Mandol’in Tempo basé en gironde à St André de Cubzac

Ambrosius – Praludium

Ambrosius Menuett

Ambrosius Sarabande

Hermann Ambrosius
Suite Nr.6 fur Zupforchester

Carlo Aonzo’s Mandolin Workshop 2010 – see: http://www.carloaonzo.com/



Sérénade ; H. Ambrosius

Orchestre à Plectres du Sud-Ouest; dir: F. Calvo
Festival Mandolines St-Girons 2010


Sérénade d’Ambrosius, jouée le 1er novembre 2009 à Tarbes à l’occasion de la semaine de la mandoline. Orchestre à plectres régional, direction Florentino Calvo.


Konzert für Violoncello und Orchester

H. AMBROSIUS – Concerto per violoncello e Orchestra a plettro – Allegro Moderato (I mov.)

H. AMBROSIUS – Concerto per violoncello e Orchestra a plettro – Adagio (II mov.)

H. AMBROSIUS – Concerto per violoncello e Orchestra a plettro – Vivo (III mov.)

“Il tocco dell’Angelo”
Sala Convegni del Palazzo della Ragione – Pomposa (FE) – 9 Aprile 2012
Violoncello Sebastiano Severi – Ensemble a plettro Caput Gauri
Concerto in Do Maggiore (1980)

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