'The Nation's Ukulele Orchestra'
BBC News, Radio 4, 23rd September 2014
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  • 'When This Lousy War is Over' to be performed in London on Nov 10!

    We are very pleased to announce that the newly commissioned show 'When This Lousy War is Over' will be getting it's West End debut on November 10 2014 at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

    The new show by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, commissioned by Birmingham Town Hall, explores the music of WW1. When war makes life so unutterably hard sometimes all you can do is laugh, and sing… and play the ukulele. Hear songs and music from around the world rub shoulders with pacifist, political songs and ‘old time’ tunes in this entertaining and thought-provoking show.

    Birmingham Town Hall
    Remembrance Sunday 9th November 2014 at 3pm and 7:30pm
    Box Office: 0121 345 0600
    Online Sales
    All Tickets £19.50 plus booking fee

    Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue,  London
    Monday 10th November 2014 at 7:30 pm
    Box Office: 0844 482 9676
    Online Sales
    Ticket Prices from £12.50 plus booking fee

  • The Ukes of GB are Touring China

    The Ukes of GB will be embarking on their first tour of China on Oct 2 2014. Touring with the support of the British Council, the Ukes of GB will be running workshops across the country and performing in some of the countries most prestigious venues, including visiting Shanghai as guests of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and appearing in Beijing as part of the Beijing International Arts Festival. The Tour dates are:

    Oct 5 2014 Sha Tin Town Hall, Hong Kong
    Oct 7 2014 Chongqing Tiandi
    Oct 9 2014 Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
    Oct 12 2014 The Orange, Taikoo Li

    Full Details on the gig page of our website

  • Pre-Order the Book 'Get Plucky With The Ukulele'

    By Will Grove White, with a foreword by George Hinchliffe.

    'Get Plucky With The Ukulele' explores the whys, the hows and the whos of ukulele. Designed to get you playing the uke without the tiresome bother of having to study too much, this light-hearted book includes tips on how to choose the right ukulele for you; how to hold, tune and play the thing; tunes to learn; a 'plucking hell' of warnings for ukulele players; and the truth behind the hushed-up ukulele habits of Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Neil Armstrong, to name just a few. Packed full of interviews, rare and wonderful photos, and beautiful illustrations, it's a must for pluckers young and old.

    The book is available for pre-order now from our online store

    "Get Plucky with the Ukulele" is released on Oct 6 2014. We are waiting for copies of the book to arrive hot of the press. We will ship to you as soon as we receive them.

     

  • The Ukes to Premiere Newly Commissioned Show!

    When this Lousy War is Over

    The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain marks 100 years since the ‘war to end all wars’ with a new show, commissioned by Birmingham Town Hall, exploring popular music from the time.

    How do we reminisce and connect through music? Music conjuring ordinary life can be a very welcome comfort when you are scared and a long way from home, but can also be used to make bold statements, stir controversy and send a message.

    When war makes life so unutterably hard sometimes all you can do is laugh, and sing…and play the ukulele. Hear songs and music from around the world rub shoulders with pacifist, political songs and ‘old time’ tunes in this entertaining and thought-provoking show.

    The Show will be premiered at Birmingham Town Hall on November 9 2014

    http://www.thsh.co.uk/event/the-ukulele-orchestra-of-great-britain/

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