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


More than 50 musicians from mandolin ensembles in Australia and New Zealand are coming to Canberra for a week of rehearsals leading to a finale concert on 12 January which presents a range of classical, folk and contemporary music. The guest conductor is the internationally acclaimed mandolin virtuoso, Carlo Aonzo from Savona, Italy. The concert will feature the premiere of a commissioned piece by Australian composer Michelle Nelson. 'Viaggio del Mandolino' is a musical description of the mandolin's journey from Italy to Australia. The public concert will be held on Saturday 12 January, 7.30-10.00 pm at Canberra's icon Albert hall. Tickets are $12.64 - $29.96 and are available online at For more information visit



After the FAME festival Carlo Aonzo will join the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra and the Dante Music Viva Choir for a concert of famous Italian songs, classical pieces and Australian music for mandolin, orchestra and guitar. The concert will also feature classical guitar master Segundo Vasquez. The event will be held on 15 January 2019, from 7.30 pm at Canberra's Italian Cultural Centre, 78 Franklin St, Forrest. Tickets $20, $15 and children under 15 $10, available online at or at the door. For more information call 0417 691 404.



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


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