'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • New Studio Album Coming Soon!

    The Orchestra have been busy in the studio working on a new album. The Ukes have listened to their fans and created an album featuring the songs they keep getting asked to record. They have also added lots of new material and some seldom heard gems! The album is due for release by the end of 2017 and they are sure they will Get Lucky and make their fans very Happy with the selection. Certainly an album worth walking 500 Miles for... So watch this space!

  • 2018 USA Tour Dates Announced!

    The Orchestra would like to wish all our friends, colleagues and fans in the USA a very happy Independence Day and also take this opportunity to announce our 2018 US Tour!

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will be returning to the USA to play 12 dates in April 2018. The tour will feature new material from their upcoming studio album along with some foot-stomping  classics! We will be visiting old friends and hoping to make new ones as we return to some of our favourite venues and also make our debut in a number of new ones.

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - USA 2018 Tour

    06 April 2018 Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Brookfield WI.

    07 April 2018 Stephen B Humphrey Theater, Collegeville MN

    08 April 2018 Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison WI

    10 April 2018 North Iowa Community College, Mason City IA

    12 April 2018 Merrill Auditorium, Portland ME

    13 April 2018 Collins Center for the Arts, Orono ME

    14 April 2018 NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston MA

    15 April 2018 Spivey Hall, Morrow GA

    17 April 2018 Peace Concert Hall, Greenville SC

    20 April 2018 Hopkins Center, Hanover NH

    21 April 2018 Strathmore Hall, North Bethesda MD

    22 April 2018 George Flynn Classical Concerts, Clinton CT

  • Crowdfunding Campaign Launched

    Today the crowd funding campaign for Art on a Ukulele was launched on phundee.com! We have combined forces with Art on a Postcard, Mick Rooney RA and Pete Howlett Ukuleles to help raise funds for the Hepatitus C Trust.

    30 ukuleles have been painted by some of the worlds leading contemporary artists and will be put up for auction. But before they are sold they will be played by the orchestra at an intimate fundraising concert at the Jazz Cafe, London.

    To get the project past the finished line, Art on a Ukulele have launched a crowd funding campaign to help to raise £6000 to pay for the production costs. Couriering the instruments around the UK and Europe, creating bespoke display stands and cases to exhibit and carry the ukuleles and putting on the event are still costs they need to find.

    The Crowdfunding campaign has lots of great rewards on offer, including a chance to perform with the orchestra in London at The Jazz Cafe, signed merchandise, tickets and a chance to own Art on a Plectrum, a complimentary project to Art on a Ukulele.

    There are 30 days to reach the goal. We believe that with just this extra bit of help we can bring together a truly unusual audio visual project and the crowdfunding alone will have helped spread precious awareness for the charity.

  • Art on A Ukulele

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are excited to announce a fundraising project they are working on with Mick Rooney RA and arts charity Art on a Postcard who have transformed themselves into Art on a Ukulele. The project brings together some of the best known names in contemporary art and music.

    One of Mick’s submissions to the RA Summer Exhibition 2016 was a beautifully handcrafted ukulele, painted in his instantly recognisable rich, poetic style. The instrument opened Mick up to a world of ukulele enthusiasts and gave him the idea to create an orchestra of painted ukuleles. There will be a total of 30 ukuleles, 8 of which have been made by our friend Pete Howlett, that will be painted by some of the leading names in contemporary art.

    The Ukes are delighted that they’ve been asked to play the finished ukuleles at a performance in London at the Jazz cafe on September 12 and that they’ll be sharing the stage with some very special guests. (Ticket details to follow.) The ukuleles will later be available to purchase at a special auction and the money raised will go to The Hepatitis C Trust.

    Art on a Ukulele is launching a crowdfunding campaign on 3 May to help fund the project. Find out more about the project, including the fantastic incentives up for grabs which will include gig tickets, festival tickets and lots and lots of arty plectrums. Sign up and follow the project at artonaukulele.com

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