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 !



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.




  • 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


Grand Concert of Spanish Music Saturday, 30th June, 2018, 2.30pm


Please join us for a grand afternoon concert of mainly Spanish music when we join forces with visiting Filipino classical guitar master Segundo Vasquez and Canberra's Rondanihan (Filipino) string band.

The concert will have an overall Spanish flavour with a number of pieces from the Iberian peninsula, but will also include Filipino plucked string music and a surprise vocal guest artist.

The concert will be held at Hughes Baptist church, 10 Groom St, Hughes from 2.30 pm on Saturday 30th June. Tickets are $20 and $15 at the door or online at (fees apply) or call 0407 431 332. We're also on Facebook !


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


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