'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • December 1, 2022
    During lockdown we posted up our songbook of Carols, Christmas songs and music for winter to spread a bit of festive cheer in a challenging time. Here it is again. It’s still relevant. Learn to play some all-time classics for your friends and family, or of course just for yourself to hone those ukulele skills. The corresponding album is still available for sale in our shop if you wanted to play along with us. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, to you - from us.
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  • September 29, 2022
    Due to popular demand, we are busy planning our return to North America in 2023 for another cross-continent tour with only hand luggage. Two new shows have recently been added to the list with one in Rohnert Park, California, and the second in Mesa, Arizona. See below for further info and tickets.
  • September 29, 2022
    For our first-ever performance at the Skegness Embassy Theatre on the 6th of November 2022, we will be doing a play-along to ‘Born This Way,' by Lady Gaga. All levels are welcome, so we encourage you to bring those ukuleles and join us for a song.

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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