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Free Mandolin Workshops with Stephen Lalor Australia's Master of the Mandolin

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During the Summer break and the school holidays, Adelaidians have the unique opportunity to dust off their mandolins, domras and ukeleles and attend FREE interactive workshops led by an expert player of plucked strings.

This special series of public workshops is part of the exciting Adelaide Mandolin Festival program and will run from the 16th to 20th January 2017 at Lincoln College.

If you are interested in attending a workshop, please fill in the Expression of Interest form.

The workshop series will be conducted by Dr. Stephen Lalor and a team of experienced mandolin players.

Stephen Lalor studied at the University of New South Wales (MMus) and the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium in Kiev, where he undertook postgraduate studies in composition with Prof. Gennady Lyashenko, conducting and Russian mandolin/domra (with N.T. Lysenko).

During his illustrious career, Stephen Lalor has worked with some of Australia's best improvising world musicians in the 101 Candles Orkestra and collaborated with touring Balkan gypsy musicians, American and British folk mandolinists, classical masters and Academy Award-winning film composers - on instruments ranging from mandolin to electric and slide guitar.

A plucked string specialist, he is the Guest Principal Mandolinist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and as well as playing with other Australian orchestras (Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, Orchestras Victoria), he has also performed and toured with orchestras in Asia - notably the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic.

This is a rare opportunity to discover the mandolin and mandolin family instruments and beginners are most welcome to attend.

Choose from the following sessions:

  • Monday 16th January 1:00pm - 1:45pm: "Beginning Basics" - conducted by Willi Green and Joel Woods

  • Tuesday 17th January 1:10 - 1.45pm "Playing Chords" conducted by Michelle Wright

  • Wednesday 18th January 12:30pm - 2:00pm: "General Mandolin Techniques" - conducted by Stephen Lalor

  • Wednesday 18th January 4:00pm - 6:00pm: "General Mandolin Techniques"- conducted by Stephen Lalor

  • Thursday 19th January 7:30pm - 9:00pm: "Blue Grass Mandolin"- conducted by Stephen Lalor

  • Friday 20th January 1:00pm - 1:45pm: "Improvising on the Mandolin"- conducted by Stephen Lalor

    Bookings are essential and as places are limited, early bookings are advised.

    To reserve your place, please complete the Expression of Interest form.

    For more information on the Free Mandolin Workshops with Stephen Lalor, please visit

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    When: 16th January - 20th January 2017
    Where: Lincoln College, 45 Brougham Place, Adelaide 5006
    Cost: Free
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