Super serious Moonlights!

Members of the Moonlight Mandolin Orchestra taking part in the British National Fretted Orchestra event in Glasgow, January 2017.  Looking very serious! (well, it was a hard piece … )

Concert with Harmonia Singers

The Moonlights warming up for our joint concert in Huntingdon earlier in the month with the Huntingdon Harmonia Singers.  It was a great evening of music from both groups and those empty seats did get very full later on when the audience came in!

Glasgow Report

I should apologies first for this posting coming so very, very late. I’ve had difficulties posting to this site from my phone and it appears I was posting to the wrong one all along (doh!). – Mike

Edinburgh Waverly
Transferring trains at Edinburgh Waverly

Anyhoo, where do I begin? Well there was the post to say we were heading up to Glasgow for the BMG Festival 2016 at Kelvinside Academy. Most of us journeyed up by train in cheery spirits ready for some grim Scottish weather – which never happened. It seems Glasgow in March is like a sauna. Result.

As an orchestra we were performing in the competition but so were many of our members as solos, duels and groups. Not much time and space to watch each other but a very exciting time shuttling between classrooms with music, stands and stringed instruments to perform under pressure.

Though the orchestra didn’t manage to win we got plenty of high recommendations and silverware for individuals.

10/10 to the organisers as everything ran like clockwork with amazing classes, top food, beautiful weather, gorgeous (and very posh) Kelvinside and stunning entertainment.




Calling classical guitarists, and guitar teachers


The Orchestra is looking for classical guitarists to join us. If you’re interested, you’ll need to be at a minimum of around Grade 5 standard, and able to attend our rehearsals in Histon on Thursday evenings.

If you’re a guitar teacher, and think that one or more of your students might be interested, please get in touch!

We’ll be inviting new guitarists to join either in January to take part in the BMG Festival in Glasgow, or March to prepare for our next concert programme.

More information: See our Take Part page

It’s All About the Bass

Well that went well. After a morning of heavy rain, the skies over Ipswich Music Festival blossomed in time for our double performance at The Wolsey Gallery in Christchurch Mansion.

We were joined on stage by Suffolk Tango dancers for Por Una Cabeza which went down a storm with the audience.

We adjusted the second programme a bit to fit in the longer Alma Brasiliera which yielded calls of “encore”. So something right.

Rod’s bass was also singled out by our host for outstanding performance. (But don’t tell him, it will go to his head).

Outside the pop music kicked, the ice-cream and doughnuts were gobbled and Suffolk enjoyed the rest of a splendid day.

Well done folks and special thanks to maestra Anna and organiser Domonique.


Tickets now on the door

We have now picked up our tickets from the ADC Box Office, so internet purchase is now closed . You can still get tickets on the door on the night, or via Muriel Porter.

Preparing For April

Rehearsals  are well under way for our gig with Daniela Rossi. Here is a quick snap.

If you are a guitar teacher with pupils eager to be involved in playing with an orchestra maybe you could get in contact with us. We currently have space for some interested parties.


April Concert with Daniela Rossi: Tickets Now on Sale

Yes folks! You can now get tickets via the ADC Theatre or via their website. Click HERE.

The concert starts at 7:30pm at Michaelhouse, Cambridge on April 25 2015.

The MMO will now be on FIRST followed by our star act, guitarist Daniela Rossi.

This is a good opportunity to mention that the Moonlight Mandolins are looking for guitarists. If you are a keen classical guitar player looking to join a friendly plucked string orchestra then why not come along and make yourself known.


April Concert: MMO & Daniela Rossi at Michaelhouse, Cambridge

We are delighted to be playing with the amazingly talented Daniela Rossi at Michaelhouse, Cambridge on April 25 2015 at 7:30pm.

Daniela will be offering solo performances plus Vivaldi’s Concerto for Lute in D major accompanied by the MMO who will also be performing a variety of exciting pieces.

Further details to follow. But why wait? Check out this clip of Daniela playing  Rodrigo, Ponce and Regondi at the Segovia Guitar Week in Pordenone, Italy.

Daniela Rossi, born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina, took up the guitar aged 6. She won her first of many classical guitar competitions aged just 15, including winning first prize in the prestigious XXXVI Luis Sigall International Music Competition held in Viña del Mar, Chile in 2009.

Some other awards include: First Prize: “IV Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Compensar” (Bogotá, Colombia, 2008),Second Prize and Audience Prize: “XII Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Ciudad de Coria” (Coria, Spain, 2008), Third Prize: “London International Guitar Competition 2012” (London, United Kingdom, 2012),Third Prize: “IV Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Norba Caesarina” (Cáceres, Spain, 2008 & 2009), First Prize: “II Concurso Internacional de Guitarra Santa María de la Armonía” (Argentina, 2004)

Daniela has performed in solo recitals, with small ensembles and with orchestras in concerts across Latin America and Europe. She regularly performs with the Argentinian guitarist Sebastian Pompilio, with whom she recorded the CD “Invierno Porteño”.

Daniela studied guitar under the supervision of Eduardo Gonzalez Velasco from 1998 to 2003 at the Conservatory of Bahia Blanca, where she graduated in 2006. Daniela has taken classes with leading figures in the classical guitar world including Graham Devine, Liliana Ardissone, Victor Villadangos, Eduardo Isaac, Aniello Desiderio, Ricardo Gallén, Máximo Pujol, Margarita Escarpa, Ignacio Rodes, Pavel Steidl, Zoran Dukic, Walter Heinze, Pablo Ascúa, Silvina López, Ernesto Mendez, Omar Cyrulnik and Graciela Pomponio.

She currently studies at the Segovia Guitar Academy in Pordenone, Italy with Paolo Pegoraro and Adriano del Sal.

The plucked string orchestra of Cambridge, England