Mandolin Orchestra of Devon, or MOOD, is a specialist orchestra for any instrument from the mandolin family including mandolins, mandolas and mandocellos etc. (If you play a different plucked stringed instrument please contact us for details of how you may be able to join).
We always welcome new members and there are no auditions. As this is a specialist group we do ask that you can keep up with the pace. This means being able to read music notation and commit to extra practice between monthly meetings.
MOOD has performed at local festivals and the Bristol Guitar and Mandolin Festival. You’ll have opportunities to perform with the group throughout the year.
MOOD meet in the afternoon of the third Saturday of each month (except August) for half-day rehearsals near Okehampton.
Each term a different mandolin expert will lead the group over the term’s 3 or 4 rehearsals. There are three terms a year.
Sessions start with a gentle warm to prepare yourself and your instrument, followed by an in-depth technical section to learn different skills for playing this family of instruments. Tunes are chosen from the different traditions of mandolin playing and arranged in parts to cover tune, harmony, bass and chords.
Location: Meldon Village Hall, Meldon, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4LU
There is plenty of parking at the venue. Please note there is no public transport direct to the hall so if you are unable to get yourself to the venue please contact us and we will see how we can help.
Time: Usually the third Saturday of the month, 2.00pm-5.00pm. See the current term dates.
Music Leader: Visiting mandolin expert supported by Jon Dyer
When you join your group you’ll get online access to musical scores and audio guides related to each in-person session.
Term fees are payable in advance online. Subsidised rates are available for full-time students and people in receipt of Universal Credit.
If it is difficult for you to pay by these methods please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can discuss alternative arrangements to help you be part of the group no matter what your circumstances. We also support people who are not online or may not have an email address, and will offer an alternative way to join the group and access materials.
If the term is already well underway, contact us for a reduced price on the full term fee. You’ll receive the online materials for any previous months of the term.
The easiest way to join now is through the Wren Community page.
You may also be interested in our weekly folk ensemble orchestras.