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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.

Photos from CGO Gig

Here are some photos from Novembers gig with the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra (sorry I’m so late posting them). Special thanks to the CGO’s Tony Ainsworth for these.



Tickets Available for Histon Gig with the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra

If you check our events page you’ll see we have an exciting concert planning with the Cambridge Guitar Orchestra at Histon Baptist Church at 7:30pm on November 29th 2014.

Why wait when you can book your tickets now on-line. Checkout



Summer Isa Cummin

This weekend we held our summer school in Cottenham.

We kicked off the first morning playing circling cannons in various arrangements of up to 9 parts. Quite a hoot.

After some coffee we indulged in some word games to up our knowledge of Italian musical terms.


A spot of tea was followed up with us forming a couple of quartets. The idea was to learn your parts on the hoof, play solidly in time together (harder than it sounds), then swap parts. A great discipline and hugely enjoyable (but haaard work!).

Great hospitality from our Cottenham hosts (thank you Ann and Chris). Top notch cooking – in particular I can recommend the chocolate bread and butter pudding.

As a prelude to our evening meal we had a musical party-piece spots with some delightful performances.

Sunday saw us revisiting our quartets and practicing conducting. All a great laugh until you got the baton in your hand and realised it is harder than it looks.

Michaelhouse Concert Slideshow

Philip has kindly sent in some photos from our last concert at Michaelhouse in Cambridge’s Trinity Street on June 14.

It was a fantastically exciting event, featuring our lovely guests The London Mandolin Ensemble. We were very pleased to see the venue rammed with an appreciative audience. A jolly good time had by all.