Finale Concert & Tickets


The FAME Festival Finale Concert will be held on the evening of Saturday 12 January in the historic Albert Hall, Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla.  The Concert starts at 7.30pm, and will feature a brilliant solo performance by Maestro Carlo Aonzo, world-class professional mandolinist from Savona, Italy, and the world premiere of Viaggio del Mandolino by acclaimed Australian composer Michelle Nelson.

All members of the public are very warmly invited to attend – this will be a rare opportunity to hear an en-masse Mandolin Orchestra in Canberra, and not to be missed!

Doors open: 7.00pm

Concert: 7.30 – 9.30pm (includes 20-minute intermission).



Tuesday 8 January – LATE NEWS: Phone and Email bookings have now closed – as at Tuesday 11.00am.  Please go directly to the EventBrite website to book your Concert tickets: .

Friday 11 January: LATEST NEWS: EventBrite has a limited number of tickets still remaining in the ‘Full’ (general admission), ‘Concession’ and ’16 years and under’ categories.  In the event of “0 tickets remaining” on EventBrite in any category, a limited number of tickets will be available to buy at the door.

TICKETS AT THE DOOR: Foyer doors open for Concert Day ticket sales at 6.45pm.  PH: 0421 04 082 (call or text) to confirm availability.  Auditorium doors open for ticket-holders at 7.00pm.

  • EVENTBRITE – Full: $29.96 ($25.00 + EB booking fee), Concession: $24.19 ($20.00 + EB booking fee), 16 yrs & under: $12.64 ($10 + EB booking fee)

Concession’ eligibility: Pensioner Card/Concession Card/Health Care Card holders; Fulltime Students.  Please note that ACT Seniors Concession cards are not accepted.


A WORD OF CAUTION: The last time the amazing FAME FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA gave a concert in Canberra – 13 years ago in January 2006, in the Tim Murray Theatre  – two concerts were offered: a Matinee and an Evening performance, and both were totally sold out – much to the delight of our musicians and organisers!  Quite a number of very disappointed music-lovers, who had decided to get their tickets at the door rather than by pre-booking, had to be turned away.  This event will not be back in Canberra until 2032 – another 13 years to wait!  The FFO is a unique phenomenon in Australia: a Mandolin Orchestra or ‘Zupforchester’ with a unique and extraordinarily beautiful sound, and will be conducted for this concert by the world-famous and internationally-acclaimed professional mandolinist and conductor from Italy, CARLO AONZO.

Thus we cannot guarantee that we will have tickets left for sale on the day at the door.  TO SECURE YOUR SEAT IN THE AUDIENCE we suggest that you take advantage of our Pre-Concert EventBrite Booking service!


The Albert Hall was built in 1928 on the southern side of the Molonglo River, which was dammed in 1963 to form Lake Burley Griffin. It is enclosed within the Parliamentary Triangle, the ceremonial precinct of Canberra which contains some of Australia’s most significant cultural, legal and political buildings.
The Albert Hall is an elegant example of the ‘Federal Capital’ style of architecture of the 1920s, also called Renaissance Revival or Classical Revival style.  The building, now ninety years old, is unique in that it retains most of its original exterior and interior elements and some features of the original landscape.  Designed by J Hunter Kirkpatrick, its notable features are the arch-headed windows, the Ionic pillars and the Roman tiled roof.  The Hall, which has excellent acoustics, seats 580 in the auditorium and 128 in the gallery.  It was called the Assembly Hall during construction, but was renamed the Albert Hall when Prime Minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce officially opened it on 10 March 1928.   This name change was to honour Albert, Duke of York, who opened Federal Parliament in 1927, and to highlight its similar role to that of the Royal Albert Hall in London as a centre of musical culture.  Up until the Canberra Theatre complex opened in 1965, it was Canberra’s main venue for music, theatre and social events, largely taking over this function from the 1913 Acton Hall and 1925 Causeway Hall.

The Albert Hall hosted Australia’s first citizenship ceremony, conducted by Prime Minister Ben Chifley in 1949.  The beginning of the Petrov Royal Commission in 1954 was also held here, and during the 1960s it was the National Tally Room for federal elections.  It continues to be used for a wide range of community and commercial events, cultural performances and exhibitions – including the FAME Festival’s Finale Concert in 2019!

The Albert Hall houses a Compton theatre organ.  This pipe organ was built in 1933-34 by John Compton Organ Company in London for the Odeon Theatre in Cheltenham, England and was imported to Australia in 1967-68.  In 1977 it was bought for the ACT Branch of the Theatre Organ Society of Australia, which installed the organ and restored it for its inaugural concert on 17 August 1986.

Original landscape elements include the two atlas cedars on its front facade (the Commonwealth Avenue side), three London plane trees and three pines along Kaye Street, the sundial, and some elements of the rose garden.

‘Bellona’, Canberra’s first public sculpture created by renowned Australian sculptor Sir Bertram Mackennal, a student of the French artist Auguste Rodin, twice graced the northeast corner of the Albert Hall site (1927-1954 and 1993-1998) before being moved to her permanent home at the Australian War Memorial in August 1999.  She can be seen in the photo below left.

The sundial pedestal was part of the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, England.  In 1934, Mr JN Reeson acquired several pieces of decorative stonework that had been removed during refurbishment, and presented some of them to the Federal Government for use in Canberra.  A bronze sundial and a plaque were cast for the pedestal, and in 1936 the circular rose bed in front of the Albert Hall was slightly modified to take the new structure.



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