FAME Festival Canberra 2019

WHEN: The next Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles (FAME) Festival will be held in Canberra, Australia’s capital, from Sunday 6 January to Sunday 13 January 2019.

WHERE: The Festival venue is ‘Canberra Park’, a purpose-built accommodation venue in the northern suburbs of Canberra.  See Venue page for details.

CONDUCTOR: We have been fortunate indeed to have secured the services of the acclaimed Carlo Aonzo, virtuoso mandolinist from Savona, Italy, as our guest conductor for the week.  Carlo has been awarded many international awards and played extensively throughout Europe, USA and Japan.  This will be his first visit to Australia.  Carlo has run workshops throughout the USA and established the International Mandolin & Guitar Accademia, where he runs week-long camps in Italy and Switzerland annually.  (https://www.carloaonzo.com/ ).

During the course of the Festival week, Carlo will also be offering both individual and small group lessons to festival attendees – bookings are essential with Carlo – details TBA shortly.

Our busy week will be filled with rehearsals, sectionals, workshops and an excursion day out visiting many of Canberra’s iconic sights.  An evening where we play pieces written by composer/bassist Rob Kay will pay tribute to our late great friend Rob, a member of WAMO, a great contributor to the FAME community and to the mandolin ensemble repertoire and mandolin world more widely.  All in all, it will be a full and fun week for all mandolin (and mandolin-family) and guitar players!

Further details on the Festival venue and events and the Festival Registration Form are available on this website.  Your FAME reps will also keep all member orchestras informed.


Your HOST ORCHESTRAS – Canberra Mandolin Orchestra (CMO) and Capital of Australia Mandolinata (COZMO) – warmly welcome you to FAME Festival Canberra 2019!

Festival Committee members are:

Canberra Mandolin   Orchestra (CMO): Ian Bull (Chair), Wal Jurkiewicz, John Hyam
Capital of Australia Mandolinata (COZMO): Col Bernau, Lea O’Brien, Trevor Smallwood



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