The Mandolinquents feature everything from hot swing and ragtime instrumentals from the mandolin orchestras of the 1930s: Irving Berlin, Mozart, Ravel and Tchaikovsky to lively reels and beautiful traditional Irish airs to Chinese and Brazilian folk tunes. All this played with infectious fun, off-beat humour and stunning virtuosity on mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass and classical guitar, with the occasional burst of song or fiddle.
Concert + masterclass workshops
7 July 2013, 1-9pm
Museum of English Rural Life, Reading RG1 5EX
The Mandolinquents are back! Mandolin maestro Simon Mayor, UK banjo champion Richard Collins, conductor of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble Gerald Garcia and Hilary James present an afternoon of mandolin, banjo and guitar workshops followed by an early evening concert.
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Hilary James - “One of Britain’s finest voices” BBC Radio 4... (read more)
Simon Mayor - “Britain’s leading hot-fingered mandolin virtuoso” Cosmopolitan... (read more)
Richard Collins - 3 time UK banjo champion... Nashville to the Royal Shakespeare Company... (read more)
Gerald Garcia - The first western guitarist to tour China (in a duo with John Williams)... (read more)
Festivals, concert halls, music societies throughout Britain and abroad... Buxton Opera House, Henley Festival, Sage Gateshead, Guildford International Festival, 'In Tune' BBC Radio 3, 'Friday Night Is Music Night' BBC Radio 2, 'Loose Ends' BBC Radio 4, Paderborn Guitar Festival (Germany), Mandolines de Lunel (France), Sheffield Crucible, Chipping Sodbury, Neasden, Chilly-Bottom-in-the-Marsh etc... etc....
Reels and traditional airs, hot swing and ragtime, Grieg, Vivaldi, Dvorak, Bizet, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chinese and Brazilian folk melodies and much, much more... all played with infectious fun, stunning virtuosity and offbeat humour.