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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
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 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

3 thoughts on “A Concert For Kitty”

  • Polly Culberson

    I am only just learning of Kitty's passing and am so very sorry about that. I really loved seeing and hearing all of you in Midland, Michigan, my home town. We get many wonderful shows at our Midland Center for the Performing Arts, but yours was extraordinary. Thanks for many years of enjoyment and keep up what you do to entertain so many. So sorry about your and the world's loss.

  • Carol

    Just got back to our hotel following the wonderful Concert for Kitty. Await the production of the DVD with much impatience, but can you tell me when you will publish the playlist. There were a couple of pieces unfamiliar to me and I would like to know which of the Ukes or Kitty's CDs they appear on. Thank you for the music.

  • Richard Glueck

    Oh my God, I didn't know until this evening (Dec.04, that Kitty had passed. How I loved her rendition of Satellite of Love and other great Uke songs. This one will hurt for awhile. I saw you all live in Portland and Orono, Maine, USA. You are my favorites, now diminished by one. Ukes, be strong for us all. Kitty, we loved you.

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