Concert and workshop with Mauro Squillante July 13-14

On 13th and 14th July 2024, The Moonlight Mandolin Orchestra (MMO) played host for a wonderful concert and workshop weekend in Cambridge, led by Italian mandolin virtuoso Mauro Squillante. Mauro has a long-established relationship with the MMO, and last performed with us in December 2019. It was great to see him again and get his… Continue reading Concert and workshop with Mauro Squillante July 13-14

Hosting the BMG Festival 2024 at Churchill College Cambridge

This wonderful event (April 5 – 7th 2024) was 2 years in the planning. As the host orchestra, we were delighted (and not a little relieved) that it was such a great success! No space here to list all the wonderful concerts and workshops (and opportunities to socialise with lovely like-minded people). You can see… Continue reading Hosting the BMG Festival 2024 at Churchill College Cambridge

Xmas concert 2023

The Christmas Concert was a truly magical moment for the orchestra this year! With a programme focused entirely on seasonal tunes, delivered in the impressive setting of Histon Baptist Church, it was a window onto a world of festive music across the ages. The programme started in Ukraine, with the heralding, ‘Carol of the Bells’, followed… Continue reading Xmas concert 2023

Chris Acquavella workshop and massed orchestra concert in Brighton, Oct 2023

Didn’t we have a loverly time, the day we went to Brighton?! At the invitation of friends in the Fretful Federation, some of the Moonlights trekked down to join them for an intensive weekend. First was the workshop with genial mandolin wizard Chris Acquavella,  who talked us through some exercises – his eagle eye spotted… Continue reading Chris Acquavella workshop and massed orchestra concert in Brighton, Oct 2023

July 2022 – Histon Feast concert with Harmonia Singers

After an interval of exactly 3 years (now why would that have been?) it was a great pleasure to revive another old Moonlights tradition – playing as part of Histon Feast Week in collaboration with Kirsty Body and the Harmonia Singers (combined Coton and Cottenham branches). In keeping with tradition, the two groups played for… Continue reading July 2022 – Histon Feast concert with Harmonia Singers

2021 – MMO composition project “Cabin Fever”

In early 2021 we found ourselves still unable to rehearse normally and although the weekly sessions on Zoom were still enjoyable, we needed something fresh. We decided to attempt a group composition inspired by Minimalism. Each week for half a term, we devoted some of of our Zoom rehearsal time to activities related to this… Continue reading 2021 – MMO composition project “Cabin Fever”

Dec 2019 with Mauro Squillante

      We had a really spectacular day of mandolin music at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, Cambridge in Cambridge on 7th December 2019. We had the great pleasure and honour of introducing Mauro Squillante , Gaio Ariani and Valerio Fusillo from the Accademia Mandolinistica Napoletana (the trio is collectively known as “Mandol’in Progress”).      … Continue reading Dec 2019 with Mauro Squillante