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London Mandolin Ensemble is a small chamber orchestra of around a dozen musicians and conductor. Our members are keen plucked string players from London and the surrounding areas.
We are pleased to have revived, in name at least, the original London Mandolin Ensemble,
which first met in Petit France and then Pimlico, London, in the early 1970s. Members of this group included Paul Marquis, who studied and worked with virtuoso mandolinist Hugo D’Alton at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the British composer Eileen Pakenham.
Our repertoire covers a wide range of classical music, from early music to contemporary works. Instrumentation is based on the Romantic quartet tradition of mandolin 1, mandolin 2, octave mandola and guitar.
Currently we meet fortnightly in Central London, on Tuesday evenings, throughout the year.
A new group, the Plucked Ensemble Master Class, under the direction of Travis Finch, meets monthly at the LME rehearsal venue, and is designed to build musicianship and ensemble playing skills for existing members as well as newcomers.
Travis Finch, Adrian Rendall, David Lewis