'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • A Concert For Kitty

    Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
    A Concert for Kitty
    The Barbican
    Main Hall
    Friday 26 January 2018
    8pm
    Tickets £25 - 35*
    *excludes £3 booking fee.
    20% discount for group bookings available

    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 this year.

    From its inception in 1985, Kitty was a driving force behind the orchestra and key part of its style; she helped shape the orchestra from its outsider, art school, punk-rock-meets-jazz-and-early-music roots to its current status as an international institution.

    The event will be a celebratory concert featuring lively toe-tapping, stomping tunes to dark, mordant ballads, with irony, wit and good humour. A show featuring the orchestra’s greatest hits as well as songs dear to, or sung by Kitty, with special guest appearances from friends and former members of the orchestra.

    The Orchestra also invite you to play-along in a special musical tribute to Kitty, the details of which will be released soon. The Ukes have arranged for a 20% discount for group bookings of 10 or more to facilitate the many ukulele ensembles, orchestras and clubs that they have met or inspired over the years to join them.

    The show also marks a return to the Barbican after more than 10 years – their week-long residency in 2005 was a significant moment for The Ukes. The DVD 'Anarchy in the Ukulele' was filmed during the run and has received millions of hits on Youtube, raising the profile of the band in both in the UK and worldwide and helping them on their path to international acclaim.

    The proceeds from this show will be used to set up an award in Kitty's name.

    Tickets go on sale:
    Friends of the Barbican: 10 am, Thursday 12 October 2017
    General Sale: 10am, Friday 13 October 2017
    Telephone Booking: 020 7638 8891

    Barbican Website

  • UK Christmas Play-Along Dates Announced!

    Join the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain this Christmas and play along with the band that has entertained British Royalty, jammed with George Harrison and performed with Cat Stevens! This holiday season The Ukulele Orchestra will ask the audience to add to the music by inviting them to participate in a ukulele play and sing along from their seats in the hall. Everyone will be able to join in, no matter their ability!

    Everything you need to take part, including video tutorials, can be found on our here. So this Holiday Season come and enjoy the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (with bells on!)

    Wed 15 Nov 2017 - Cambridge Corn Exchange

    Sun 19 Nov 2017 - Norwich Theatre Royal

    Tue 28 Nov 2017 - Sheffield City Hall

    Thu 30 Nov 2017 - Leicester De Montfort Hall

    Sun 3 Dec 2017 - Bath Theatre Royal - 2 shows

    Thu 7 Dec 2017 - Birmingham Symphony Hall

    Sat 9 Dec 2017 - Poole Lighthouse

  • BBC Radio 4 Extra

    BBC Radio 4 Extra are broadcasting a documentary on the Ukulele Orchestra on Friday 15 September. The Documentary presented by Phil Jupitus and produced by Bona Broadcasting will be on air at 06:30, 13:30 and 20:30.

    The full show can be heard by those with access to the BBC iPlayer here

  • BBC Radio 2 with Jonathan Ross

    Catch Leisa, Will and Dave on BBC Radio 2 Arts Show with Jonathan Ross on Thursday 14 September. They will be playing a couple of tunes and along with the artist George Underwood and Gemma Peppé from Art on a Postcard, chatting about the Art on a Ukulele project we have been working on to help raise money and awareness for the Hepatitis C Trust.

    Edit - If you access to the BBC iPlayer you can listen again here

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