Up with Mandolins!

 


Upcoming Performances

2016 Concert

About Us

We are a group of enthusiastic mandolinists who have banded together to create a small orchestra. We gather on Sunday mornings at 11:00 at Sadleir House, 751 George Street North, Peterborough, Ontario, to practise unique arrangements of pieces from a variety of musical genres.

Instruments played in the orchestra are the mandolin, octave mandolin, mandocello and mandobass (that large one at the top left).

 

 

 

 

In 2010, we gratefully acknowledge the City of Peterborough for its support in presenting us with our first Community Project Grant.

 

 

 

 

 

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^ The Mandolin Society in 2008

 

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Society in 2004

How did the Mandolin Society come to be?

Our founder and conductor, Curtis Driedger, initiated the Mandolin Society in 2003 in the front room of his home, but it soon outgrew the available space and moved to the Peterborough Art School studio at the Charlotte Mews. Practices have been held at the Peterborough Arts Umbrella building and, more recently, at Sadleir House.

 

 

Who can join the Mandolin Society?

The Society is for amateur mandolin players, or professionals who have patience with same. Fairly regular attendance at Sunday morning practices is needed. We play from musical scores, so some expertise at reading music or willingness to learn is needed. Beginning readers can sometimes get by with a sound recorder and extra practice at home.

What styles of music are played?

We play a little of everything - waltzes, show tunes, reels, techno-pop, blues, even a few original compositions......and try not to take it all too seriously.

 


Past Performances

2015 Concert

2014 Concert


2013 Concert

St. John's is located at 99 Brock Street. This is east of Water Street and one block north of Hunter in Peterborough, Ontario.

The Mandolin Society performed as part of the

Sadleir House "Open House"

751 George Street North, Peterborough, ON

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 1:00 p. m.


The Mandolin Society participated in the

2011 In From the Cold Christmas Concert

in support of the Youth Emergency Shelter.

Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th 8:00 p.m.
Market Hall, George Street, Peterborough.


The Mandolin Society participated in two Peterborough events on July 27, 2011:

  • We entertained at a tea party at St. Joseph's at Fleming Long Term Care Home in the afternoon.
  • In the evening we took part in Music on the Lawn at Sadleir House (751 George Street).


 
 

 

The Mandolin Society participated in the 11th annual

In From the Cold Concert
in support of the
Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter

December 10, 2010, at
Showplace




The Mandolin Society's 5th annual Spring Concert
Friday, June 4th, 2010

with SPECIAL GUESTS:
Davey Jones' Locker Peterborough's own Conch Shell Ensemble directed by Justin Hiscox

St. John's Anglican Church Guild Hall


The Mandolin Society participated in the 10th annual

In From the Cold Concert
in support of the
Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter

December 10 & 11, 2009, at the
Market Hall on George Street


 

     


MANDOMONIUM
June 5, 2009
at Beth Israel Synagogue,
775 Weller St., Peterborough, Ontario

 

 

Ontario Heritage Concert - May 30, 2009

The Mandolin Society entertained at the Ontario Heritage Conference banquet, under a giant tent at Millenium Park. Not shown in the photo is the scary thunder and hailstorm that descended partway through the concert!

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In From the Cold Concert,
December 11 & 12, 2008

Market Hall, Peterborough, Ontario

(proceeds to the Youth Emergency Shelter)


Alley Waltz 2008 - The Disappearing Stage
July 17 & 18, 2008, Hunter Street, Peterborough
A psycho-geographical tour of the Hunter Street hood, and the drama that dwells within.
The Mandolin Society provided strolling musical accompaniment for this event.




  Folkways Sundays at the Lang Pioneer Village
featured the Mandolin Society of Peterborough on
June 29, 2008


The Mandolin Society of Peterborough's third annual concert!

 





In From the Cold Concert
in support of the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter

December 13 & 14, 2007
at the Market Hall on George Street


The Mandolin Society performed three pieces: Patapan, Lo How A Rose, and the Burt Medley


 


TWELVE DAYS OF ARTSPACE
FUNDRAISING EVENT

on Sunday, November 25, 2007

 
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for more information about this great organization!




The Mandolin Society membership, still smiling after the concert!
 

 


Mostly Modern Music
Performed
Plectrophonically

by the Region's Foremost
Mandolin Orchestra

Friday, June 8, 2007
St. John's Church Hall, Peterborough, Ontario



"Goddess for a Day" Event
January 24, 2007

Members of the Mandolin Society provided entertainment to ladies who had made generous donations to the United Way in exchange for an evening of relaxation and pampering at Peterborough Square.




 

 

 

 

In From the Cold Concert
December 7 & 8, 2006

 

 

To assist in raising money for the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, the Society once again performed three pieces as part of this annual concert at the Market Hall, Peterborough:

  • The Alfred Burt Medley: Carolling, Carolling/Come Dear Children; Bright, Bright the Holly Berry
  • Pat-a-Pan
  • Carol of the Bells
 


 

 

 

Peterborough Festival of Trees
November 26, 2006
Peterborough Memorial Centre

 

Among many other community groups, the Mandolin Society of Peterborough entertained at the Festival Stage to raise money to improve health care in the Peterborough area.






 

 

Five Centuries of Music played by a Multitude of Mandolins

Friday, June 9, 2006, St. John's Anglican Church Hall





Emergency #14
Peterborough New Dance Festival
March 24 & 25, 2006

The Mandolin Society accompanied the Juanita O'Dang Singers and dancers Kate Story and Michael Morritt in a performance piece entitled "Joy of Blood".


   

 

In From the Cold Concert
December 8 & 9, 2005

To assist in raising money for the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, the Society performed three pieces as part of this annual concert at the Market Hall:

I Saw Three Ships
What Child is This?
Carol of the Bells


Rigoletto In Bluegrass - the film
August 28, 2005

The Mandolin Society appeared in Rob Swale's film adaptation of the opera Rigoletto by Giuseppi Verdi, performing the Prelude and Introduction from the opera at the Peterborough Folk Festival.

   

 

In From the Cold Concert
December 9 & 10, 2004

To assist in raising money for the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, the Society performed three selections as part of this annual concert at the Market Hall:

I Saw Three Ships
Huron Carol
Carol of the Bells

 


Art School of Peterborough Fund Raiser
May 6, 2004

Members of the Society played for the enjoyment of Art patrons at a sale and show to raise money for the art school.

 

  In From the Cold Concert
December 12, 2003

To assist in raising money for the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, the Society performed three pieces as part of this annual concert at the Market Hall:

Lo, How a Rose
Huron Carol
I Saw Three Ships

 



Current Repertoire

ARAN’S BARKEEP, THE
Strathspey; T.S. Istok / arr. T.S. Istok

AUTOBAHN
Techno-pop; Barrie Gleddon, John Horrocks / arr. Curtis Driedger

BATTLE OF WATERLOO (Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains)
Traditional; arr. Anne Delong

CARAVAN
Duke Ellington / arr. C. Driedger

CAROL OF THE BELLS
M.D. Leontovich / (arr. C. Driedger a.k.a. "Carol of Hell's Bells")

CENTERPIECE
Hendricks & Edison / arr. C. Driedger

CLARINET POLKA
Polka; traditional

CLOCK ON THE WALL, THE
Dianne Latchford / arr. D. Latchford

CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
Dave Holland / arr. Carlos Beceiro

DREAMER'S WALTZ
Dianne Latchford / arr. D. Latchford

FIRST FLIGHT
Jerry Vis / arr. J. Vis

FLATBUSH WALTZ
Andy Statman / arr. C. Driedger

GAVOTTE
George Frederick Handel / arr. C. Ballantine

GOOSEBERRY STUMBLE
Anne Delong / arr. A. Delong

GRAVY WALTZ
Steve Allen, Ray Brown / arr. C. Driedger & T.S. Istok

GREENSLEEVES
English folk melody; traditional / arr. Anne Delong

GYIMESI CSANGO
Traditional Hungarian / arr. C. Driedger

HARLEM NOCTERNE
Earle Hagen / arr. C. Driedger

HURON CAROL
Hymn; Jean de Brebeuf / arr. T.S. Istok

I SAW THREE SHIPS
Christmas carol; traditional / arr. C. Driedger

JESSE’S WEDDING WALTZ
T.S. Istok / arr. T.S. Istok


John Roy Lyall
Eddie Edmonds / arr. C. Driedger

LASSES TRUST IN PROVIDENCE/
WILLAFJORD

Traditional / arr. A. Delong

LO, HOW A ROSE
Traditional / arr. C. Driedger

LONELY BULL, THE
Sol Lake / arr. C. Driedger

LONESOME EYE / BOO BABY'S LULLABY
Jerry Holland / arr. C. Driedger

LOVER'S PLEA, A
Larry Unger / arr. A. Delong

LUCKY PENNY
Larry Unger / arr. L. Unger & A. Delong

MANDOLIN WIDOW'S PLAINT, THE
Clifford Ballantine / arr. C. Ballantine

 

MEDLEY OF CAROLS
Alfred Burt / arr. C. Drieger

MINSTREL BOY, THE
Traditional; arr. C. Driedger

MISTY
Errol Garner / arr. C. Driedger

MOVE IT ON OVER
Western Swing; Hank Williams / arr. C. Driedger

NIGHT TRAIN
Blues; Jimmy Forrest & Duke Ellington / arr. C. Driedger

NO MATTER WHAT SHAPE YOUR STOMACH IS IN
T-Bones / arr. C. Driedger

NORTHWEST PASSAGE
Woodu Herman and Chubby Jackson / arr. C. Driedger

ON BROADWAY
Show tune; Barry Mann / arr. C. Driedger

OT AZOY
Schloymke Beckerman / arr. C. Driedger

PARRISH WALTZ
Bonnie Dawson / arr. A. Delong

PAT-A-PAN
Christmas dance tune
Bernard de la Monnoye / arr. A. Delong

PERICON
G. Grasso / arr. C. Driedger

PRAYERFUL HYMN
Oliver Schroer / arr. Oliver Schroer

REIMEI
Kojiki Kitaro / arr. C. Driedger

RIGOLETTO - PRELUDE
Opera; Giuseppe Verdi / arr. C. Driedger

RIGOLETTO - INTRODUCTION
Opera; Giuseppe Verdi / arr. C. Driedger

ROAD TO LISDOONVARNA, THE Irish slide; traditional / arr. A. Delong

ROSASOLIS
Simon Jeffes / arr. J. Lang

SOMETHING
George Harrison / arr. C. Driedger

STONE'S RAG
Traditional /

SUMMER PLACE/SLEEPWALK
Max Steiner - Farina, Farina & Farina / arr. C. Driedger

SURE BEATS ME
Dan Hicks, John Girton & Sid Page / arr. C. Driedger

SWINGTOWN
Steve Miller / arr. C. Driedger

TAKE A CHANCE / TEA AND TOAST
Anne Delong / arr. A. Delong

TEMPTATION RAG
Thomas Henry Lodge / arr. C. Driedger

THEME FOM GUNSMOKE
Glenn Spencer & Rex Koury / arr. C. Driedger

THIRD MAN THEME
Anton Caras/ arr. C. Driedger

WALK, DON’T RUN
Jazz; Johnny Smith / arr. C. Driedger

WATCHING THE DETECTIVES
Elvis Costello / arr. C. Driedger

WISHING WELL
Dianne Latchford / arr. D. Latchford

YEAR OF JUBILO
Minstrel tune; Henry Clay Work / arr. David Brady & C. Driedger

 

 

Past Repertoire

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
Welsh lullaby; David Owen

AURORA
James F. Caldwell, Arthur Edward Johnstone

BLUEBIRD, THE
Cecil Cowdry, Charles Auguste de Beriot.

BOATING SONG
Bohemian Song; traditional

CANADIEN ERRANT, UN
French folk melody; traditional

GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, THE
Ennio Morricone / arr. C. Driedger

JESU, JOY OF MAN’S DESIRING
J.S. Bach

JOY OF BLOOD
J.S. Bach / arr. C. Driedger

LAUDATE DOMINUM
Arthur Honegger / arr. Arthur Honegger

 

MIGHTY FORTRESS, A
Martin Luther

OLD MOLE, THE
Playford dance / arr. Phaedria d’Aurillac

ONE MORNING IN THE MEADOW
German folk song

PLANXTY FANNY POWER
Turlough O’Carolan / arr. Jean-Ann Callender

SHEPHERD’S WIFE, THE
Scottish folk song; traditional

SOMETHING STUPID
C. Carson Parks / arr. C. Driedger

SPANIARD, THE   
/ arr. C. Driedger

 

 



Links

Musicians

Current Active Members
Carl Agar
Clifford Ballantine
Anne Delong
Curtis Driedger
Rob Fortin
Roy Hagman
Jo Harris
Gerry Haywood



Dianne Latchford

Kristy McLaren
Karen Mooney
Susan Newman

Barbara Ratz
Joy Simmonds

Jerry Vis
Norma White

Former and/or Occasional Members

Bill Astell
David Berger

Ken Brown
Douglas Cameron
Ron Craig

Maureen Culhane
Cathy Forgie
Emily Glasspool
Sam Gleason

Lynn Hainer
John Hoffman
Amy Holmes

Tunde "Charlie" Istok
Jeni Janz
John Lang
Michael Ketemer

Maxine Mann
Judy Marshall
Elaine McCarthy
Leana Nykvist
Michelle Prins
Kathy Reid
Don Skuce
Patricia Stone
Oriah Wiersma

 

Connections

Organizations

Art School of Peterborough
ArtSpace
Canadian Amateur Musicians
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre

Peterborough Arts Umbrella

Peterborough New Dance
Peterborough Festival of Trees
Peterborough Folk Festival
Youth Emergency Shelter

Other Mandolin Orchestras


Musical Groups

Hurly Burly Medieval Ensemble (Roy and Barb)
Peterborough Celtic Jam (Michael, Ken, Maureen, John, Anne)
BobCajun (Curtis)
The Convivio Chorus (Susan, Dianne, Curtis, Rob, John H.)
Full Circle (Dianne)
Pine Ridge Bluegrass and Folklore Society (Anne)
Cover Girls (Dianne)
The Conestokers (Curtis)
Durham Region Folk Circle (Anne)

Rosewood (Anne)
Carried Away (Susan, Rob, Michael, John)
Village Inn Celtic Session
(Anne, Ken)

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