CD Blog Summer Term 2023

Our first CD!

Our very first CD, entitled “Moonbeams” is now available! It was recorded in July 2023 and contains some of our very favourite repertoire. See the video clip below for a taster of one of the performances. Cost is £10 and if you would like a copy, please email info@moonlightmandolins.org. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9uXkV0ktG8

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Recording day 15th July

We eventually recorded the CD at St Luke’s Church in Cambridge. Our sound engineer was Geoffrey Smallwood and the occasion was video’d by Mike Addlesee. Everyone was well prepared and it all went remarkably smoothly. We spent a couple of hours warming ourselves up while Geoffrey and Mike set up…

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Rehearsal 3 – thinking in sections

We again took 2 pieces (Lyttleton St Mvt II, and Kithara) and made before-and-after recordings. This time the focus was on the sections of the orchestra – “Can I hear my section?” “Do I like what I hear?” “Are we too quiet/loud?” “Is there anything we need to make sure…

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Rehearsal 2 – recording and listening

Last night we took two of our proposed CD pieces – Harmony on Lyttleton St and Tu vuo fa l’americano – and put them under the microscope. We made a “first pass” recording of each, and then listened to the recordings together and wrote down any reactions. Then we gathered…

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“And we’re rolling … now!”

Those infamous words (usually followed shortly afterwards by “OK everyone … ready for Take 2”) have caused many a musician to drop their plectrum within the first few bars of recording.  There’s something very particular about trying to play for posterity rather than for the moment!  One way to minimise…

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