Canberra Mandolin Orchestra
The Place for Plucked Strings in the National Capital
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Home of the finest (and fun-est) plucked orchestral music in the National Capital !


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Formed in 2003, the CMO brings together players of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar and bass. It keeps alive the rich tradition of the mandolin groups that emerged in the first couple of decades of the 20th century. The CMO's repertoire includes original Australian compositions, ritzy tunes from the dawn of the jazz age, light classics, film themes, world folk music and popular tunes. The orchestra meets every Monday evening at the Hellenic Club in Moore St, Civic. New players are always welcome and we provide tuition at the same venue from 6 pm each Monday (see below). We can also provide instrument loans for beginners.



The next FAME Festival will be held in national capital, Canberra, from Sunday January 6 to Sunday January 13, 2019

For more infromation and to register visit


The main activity of FAME Festivals is a week of intensive rehearsing in preparation for the performance of a concert for the public on the Saturday evening before the Festival concludes. Interspersed with rehearsals of the Festival Orchestra are social events and outings, in-house concerts in which the various orchestras or small ad hoc ensembles or individuals perform for the other Festival participants. Jam sessions are known to happen at sporadic intervals



  • Improving your skills on the mandolin, mandola, mandocello, bass or guitar?
  • Playing a wide range of musical styles from folk, ethnic and classical music through to ragtime?
  • Playing and practising with a group of like-minded musicians who enjoy playing together?
  • Performing in concerts at a variety of musical venues?

The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra is keen to encourage new musicians to join its ranks. Why not come along and be part of an enthusiastic, well known and popular group of musicians?


We conduct beginner sessions for prospective and new members at 6.00pm every Monday night at the Hellenic Club in Civic. You'll get expert guidance on playing skills, repertoire, sight reading and more. For more information Ian Bull on 02 6231 5974.


The CMO rehearses at the Hellenic Club in Civic each Monday starting at 7.30pm.




Next Performances

Come join us for a live broadcast from Artsound FM comunity radio's fund-raising garden party at Reid House, 7A Thorpe Avenue, Queanbeyan. 12 noon on Saturday 6th October. Enjoy a wide rang of music from our repertoire and enjoy the rest of the party tours, a raffle, art and artisan crafts for sale, as well as other musical entertainment and light refreshments. For more information visit




Another fun collaboration with the Monaro Folk Music Society coming up. The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra will be providing the music for the regularly scheduled end of month dance bush dance. Come along, have a dance and listen to some great mandolin group music! Event is at the Canberra Baptist Church, 11 Currie Cres, Kingston, ACT, Saturday 27th October, 8-11.30 pm. Tickets $14-$18 Pay at the door. For more information see



Every Monday, 7.30pm, Hellenic Club, Moore St, Civic.


Beginner sessions start at 6 pm. New players welcome at any level. Call 6231 5974