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Tuna D'elas

The Tuna D'Elas - Female Tuna of the University of Madeira, appeared on January 31, 1997, as a result of the initiative of a group of friends from the aforementioned institution, who had a taste for music and bohemian life. With a lot of willpower, a spirit of sacrifice and after three months of hard work, we appeared for the first time in public on April 21, 1997. The tuna was sponsored at an academic level by TUMa - Tuna Universitária da Madeira, and at a civil level by the Dr. Alberto João Jardim and by D. Maria Aurora. To date, he has released two records: "Ser Tunante" was released in February 2001, and "Tons de Azul" in January 2007. Throughout his career, he made several national and international trips, participating in several festivals, meetings, solidarity events, etc. After several generations and the passage of several tuners, who each left their mark in their own way, the tuna gives its best in everything it undertakes, giving its special touch. All this, always with great joy, creativity, animation and companionship.

"On each face, a smile outlines the spirit of Tunante, singing through the dawn with a blue cover drawn, join is contagious!"


Enfertuna - Madeira Nursing Tuna is a bohemian group of Nursing academics in the Pearl of the Atlantic (Madeira), being a mixed tuna. It appeared in 2004, and this phoenix that is Enfertuna sees its initial impetus renewed daily by a talented and dynamic group of Nursing students and professionals, in which reigns the will to make the name of Enfertuna – Tuna de Madeira Nursing. He has participated in several regional and national university meetings and festivals. Artistic direction: Rui Freitas.


Academic Student of Madeira

The Estudantina Académica da Madeira presents itself within the Portuguese community as a District Tuna, bringing together students and former students from all local Higher Education Institutions (University of Madeira, Instituto Superior de Administração e Línguas and Escola Superior de Enfermagem S. José Cluny) as well as former Tunos who finished their course and are working and/or residing in this Autonomous Region. It emerged in 2000, when a group of University students from Madeira got together in a typical small tavern on this island with the aim of reviving the tradition of the Students of the former High School in Funchal from the 1st quarter of the 20th century. Madeira Student Council organizes FesTA - Festival de Tunas do Atlântico (a festival that has increasingly established itself as one of the best in the country). The purpose of this festival is to publicize the phenomenon of academic tunas and their musical evolution in the Region (in a competition regime), and in this way, to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and experiences, that is, in which it is intended to demonstrate that the tunas are not just bohemian, but a space where irreverence is associated with artistic and scenic creativity!

Another proof of merit relates to the fact that Estudantina has already recorded (in just 11 years of life) two albums entitled "Ensaio Geral" (2003) and "Alma" (2011). Artistic direction: Ricardo Félix

São Roque do Faial Mandolin Orchestra

The Mandolin Orchestra of Casa do Povo de São Roque do Faial is the youngest group of this institution. He began rehearsals on February 21, 2005, having performed his first performance on May 29 of that year, participating in the XII Meeting of Cultural Groups of the Municipality of Santana, an event held annually in São Roque do Faial and organized by the local People's House . The main objectives of the formation of this Orchestra were to provide the young people of the Parish with another opportunity to learn music and thus be able to occupy their free time and that in the future some of the elements of the Mandolin Orchestra can integrate the “Tunacedros” of that Casa do Povo. It currently comprises 16 elements, under the artistic direction of Prof. Helena Paula Luís.


Chamber of Lobos Mandolin Orchestra

The House of Culture of Câmara de Lobos Mandolin Orchestra is made up of 24 children and young people between the ages of 7 and 16, all from the municipality of Câmara de Lobos. It should be noted that the Orquestra de Mandolins began its activity on September 4, 2008. This project is the responsibility of Professor Helena Sousa.

Ribeirabravense Mandolin Orchestra

The Ribeirabravense Bandolinistic Orchestra was founded in 2002 within the scope of the “Mais e Melhor Música” School, a co-project of the Casa do Povo da Ribeira Brava and the Cultural and Sports Association of S. João, supported by the Ribeira Brava City Council. The Musical Training School, coordinated by some elements of the group, is currently attended by around 85 students, spread over various levels and disciplines. The artistic direction is by Professor Eleutério Côrte.

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Camacha Mandolin Orchestra

The history of the Tunas de Mandolins da Camacha begins around 1924, in 1941 the second and in 1978 the third, which, however, was reactivated in 2006, remaining currently active, composed of 18 elements. It was the group that had the happy initiative of organizing the 1st Regional Meeting of Tunas of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, held in Camacha in 1985 on the occasion of its VII Anniversary. The artistic direction is by José João Ferreira.

Madeira Mandolin Orchestra (OBM)

The Madeira Mandolin Orchestra belongs to the Associação Recreio Musical União da Mocidade. It was born with the foundation of the Association on February 18, 1913, and is headquartered in the Parish of São Roque, Funchal – Madeira. Consisting of more than two dozen local musicians, most of them young, all trained in the collective schools. It has a vast musical heritage and has been performing more than fifty concerts annually. Artistic direction: André Martins

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CEPAM Mandolin Orchestra

The CEPAM/DSEA Mandolin Orchestra was created in 1989 by the Regional Secretariat

of Education through the Division of Artistic Expressions and is composed of 18 musicians. This Orchestra has its educational base in the mandolin activity of the Division of Artistic Expressions, which is attended by about 45 children and young people. The artistic direction is the responsibility of Professor Teresa Leão.

CEPAM Mandolin Tuna

Mandolin Tuna from DSEA/CEPAM. Artistic Director: Tiago Lobato. Number of components: 24.

Year of foundation: 1999. Funchal

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Tunacedros of the CP of S. Roque do Faial

This group was founded in 1987. It emerged from the parish youth group and since then has been active throughout the island in Encontros de Tunas, fairs at Casas do Povo and other cultural events. In 2006 he made his first tour to mainland Portugal, Cabeceiras de Basto, where he performed two concerts. In July 2009, he performed an exchange with the Orquestra Trovador de Zaragoza, having performed in the town of San Juan. Artistic direction by Prof. Helena Paula Luis.

Machico TCM

Tuna de Câmara de Machico was born in Ribeira Seca, in September 1983,
on the initiative of Father Martins Júnior, with the aim of filling a space
specific in the cultural panorama of the Municipality, made more accessible to, a
therefore, a highly ruralized population, more erudite musical styles only

accessible in large urban centers. This tuna is an integral part of the CCCS-
RS (Ribeira Seca Civic Cultural and Social Center).

This tuna is originally dedicated to chamber music with its director
artistic Mr. Padre Martins Júnior. It has the honor of preserving several
instruments from the famous Madeira mandolin group, called
“Septeto Dr. Passos Freitas”, which toured the world in the 20s of the century

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Tuna Amadis from the Casa do Povo de Gaula

The Tuna Amadis of Casa do Povo de Gaula was founded on September 13, 1986, during the celebrations of Parish Day. The name “Amadis” takes us back to the Middle Ages, to the romance of chivalry. “Amadis de Gaula”, according to the story, is related to the parish itself because, coincidentally or not, there are similarities in the traits and personalities between the early days of the parish and the so-called romance of chivalry. The artistic direction until 2022 was by Prof. Manuel Vieira, its founder.

Sextet/Septet Eurico Martins

The Sexteto/Septeto Eurico Martins project is a musical group born within the Madeira Mandolin Orchestra and developed under the motto “remember the past, write the future”. Presented on June 25, 2019, it is formed by players belonging to the Orquestra de Mandolins da Madeira and is based on two factors: in the history of the musical formation that gave rise to the current project, the Sextet/Septet Passos de Freitas, and in the due tribute to the mentor and “entrepreneur” of the Madeira Mandolin Orchestra, Maestro Eurico Martins.  The adaptation of the name “Eurico Martins” in the current project involves the fact that, on the one hand, it was the “father” of the musical, social and tradition evolution of the mandolin in the Orquestra de Mandolins da Madeira and in the parish of São Roque for more than 20 years, and also the fact that Maestro Eurico Martins himself had this dream of re-editing this historic part which includes the Orchestra and the Association within it, the Recreio Musical União da Mocidade.

Fulfilling this old dream, the objective of this project will be to perpetuate, in an indelible way, the history of a group known and appreciated in its time and to preserve the history of music and the tradition of the mandolin.

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Ensemble Eleutherius Chorus

Eleutherius Chorus, is a group that started about 6 years ago. The main objective was to animate the 10 am Eucharist in the Parish of São Sebastião on Sundays. The main motivator for this group to take its first steps was Father Eleutério and, together with him, the Artistic Director Rui Sousa, who had been his Latin student. Hence the emergence of the name Eleutherius Chorus. Since then, in addition to animating Sunday Eucharists at 11 am, in the Parish of São Sebastião, he has traveled to some parishes throughout the Island, such as: Santa Cecília, Carmo, São Vicente, Calheta, Cabo Girão, Colégio de Santa Teresinha, Igreja do Colégio , between others. In addition to Sunday Eucharists, he has performed at various events such as "Acreditar", PEF, which is also part of his curriculum.

Today the Eleutherius Chorus is a group with about 18 elements, aged between 9 and 21 years old and with a wealth of talents, in addition to voices, in various instruments, such as: violas, mandolins, bandola, transverse flute , clarinet, jambe and ukulele.

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