'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • March 14, 2018
    We’re in NYC ahead of our big U.S. Spring tour, and figured we might as well have a little fun and put on a show while we’re in town! The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will be playing a one-off exclusive gig at (le) poisson rouge, on Thursday 5 April. This small but perfectly formed affair has a limited number of tickets available - get yours today!
  • January 18, 2018
    Join the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at a special concert at the Barbican, as we celebrate the life of our dear friend and founder member Kitty Lux, who sadly passed away last year. As part of the concert the Ukes invite the audience to play and sing along in a musical tribute to Kitty. The chosen song is David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel'. Click 'Read More' below for the download link.
  • January 15, 2018
    The orchestra is looking forward to wishing our German friends ein Frohes Neues Jahr as we are returning to Germany for gigs on 9th to 13th February in Dortmund, Duesseldorf, Koblenz, Munich and Pirmasens. We are looking forward to meeting familiar friends (and making new ones) in Germany
  • November 30, 2017
    ‘By Request: Songs From the Set List’ is an album in direct response to our fans wishlist of music. An album conceived to deliver some of the list of requests received from fans all around the planet, from Tasmania to Svalbard, Lerwick to Adelaide, Paris to Toronto, or from Beijing to New York, in short wherever the Ukes have performed and thrilled audiences with their renowned stomping, laughter inducing, thought provoking live shows.

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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