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Many of the members is SMO perform in other groups around Sydney as well. Here you can find a number of similar ensembles which may be of interest.

Federation of Australiasian Mandolin Ensembles (FAME)

Mandolin orchestras have existed in Australia and New Zealand since the beginning of the 20th century. However, it was not until 1979, when the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles (FAME) was formed, that the concept of an Australasian mandolin movement became a reality.

The inspiration leading to the establishment of FAME arose at an annual music camp held in the 1970s by the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra in Bendigo, Victoria. The original idea was to form an organisation which could apply for grants and coordinate events which would include all the member orchestras and individual mandolin music players throughout Australia.

FAME website

Plektra – Mandolin Ensemble

Plektra is an ensemble of mandolinists and guitarists performing a fusion of classical and world music. The group is led by internationally renowned mandolin soloist Dr Stephen Lalor who also arranges or writes most of their music. Plektra’s recordings are broadcast on ABC Classic FM and their CD ‘Plektra’ has received critical acclaim.

Plektra Facebook Page

Sydney Balalaika Orchestra

The Sydney Balalaika Orchestra is an internationally renowned group that performs Russian music on traditional Russian instruments. Under the leadership of conductor and musical director Victor Serghie the group has toured Russia, China, New Zealand and all over Australia. The music is arranged in a romantic style and showcases the many virtuosic performers in the orchestra. The traditional instruments include domras, bayans, cymbalom, contrabass balalaikas and autoharp.

Ensemble Rastanak