'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • October 6, 2016
    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain recently appeared on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. The show, hosted by Sean Rafferty, was live from the Royal Festival Hall and featured songs and chat with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
  • October 6, 2016
    We are very excited to be asked to perform at the iconic London Palladium. It really is going to be a special gig with the Ukes of GB looking forward to performing their only London date this year! As with all concerts in their hometown, tickets are in demand so get them quickly!
  • October 6, 2016
    We kicked off our October dates last night at the O2 Guildhall Southampton and continue the tour at the Reading Hexagon tonight. You will also be able to catch us at one of these English dates this month:
  • July 5, 2016
    Expect an eclectic repertoire on Saturday 9 July at Cheltenham Music Festival when we perform a double-bill with the wonderful 'Will Gregory's Moog Ensemble'. The concert will showcase the synth-pop of Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory. Followed by the rabble-rousing, all-singing, all-plucking Ukulele Orchestra of GB performing a shopping trolley dash through all genres of music, from pompous to classical to trial pop.

The Ukes


The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele.

A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery. Only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling). Audiences have a good time with the Ukulele Orchestra. Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra takes us on “a world tour with only hand luggage” and gives the listener “One Plucking Thing After Another”.

Using instruments small and large, in high and low registers, whether playing intricate melodies, simple tunes, or complex chords, and sitting in chamber group format dressed in formal evening wear, the Orchestra uses the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom as it reveals unsuspected musical insights. Both the beauty and vacuity of popular and highbrow music are highlighted, the pompous and the trivial, the moving and the amusing. Sometimes a foolish song can touch an audience more than high art; sometimes music which takes itself too seriously is revealed to be hilarious. You may never think about music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Ukes’ depraved musicology.

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