|The Mandolinquents: a modern mandolin quartet!|
Featuring the magnificent musicianship of Simon Mayor and the superb voice (and Mandobass!) of Hilary James, The Mandolinquents will play at PFT on Sunday 22nd July. Expect infectious fun and off-beat humour with lively reels, swing and traditional airs, as well as classical favourites from Vivaldi, Dvorak and Ravel plus the occasional Chinese or Brazilian tune. Don't miss the UK‚Äôs first modern mandolin quartet - The Mandolinquents.
Some background on Mandolin Orchestra‚ÄôsIn the 1930's mandolin orchestras were all the rage - every self-respecting town had one. Today the mandolin is undergoing a revival in folk and indie bands as well as in classical circles, with Captain Correilli's Mandolin adding to the interest. In the USA it ranks alongside pizza and Frank Sinatra as one of Italy's greatest exports, while back in Europe, despite Hitler's attempt to ban it (he considered the tiny instrument a threat to Third Reich!!!) there are now 476 German mandolin orchestras. The UK has been a bit slower on the uptake, but that‚Äôs now changing!
"When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"‚Ä¶ John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.