What a fab day out we had with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in the Theatre in the Woods at Gresham's School in Holt!
Mulbarton Primary Year 3 Uke Club strummed, sang and clapped along with the eight-piece band with 300 other young uke players from across Norfolk.
The event, organised by Norfolk Music Hub, was live-streamed to schools so Hethersett Primary Year 3-5s were able to participate from their classroom.
We had learned three songs in preparation - Shake It Off, 500 Miles and The Clapping Song - and it felt super inspiring to play along with the orchestra and other schools.
Clara is offering two outdoor ukulele workshops in the Plantation Garden in Norwich in August. Connect with nature, music and other lovely humans in one of Norwich's most beautiful spaces.
Beginners Ukulele Taster - POSTPONED
Thursday 4th August 2022 10.30-11.30am £7.50
Learn how to strum, pick and play your first chords in just one hour. Ukuleles provided. Suitable for absolute beginners, no musical experience required.
Ukulele Songmakers - SOLD OUT
Thursday 11th August 2022 10.30-11.30am £7.50
Together we'll create our own piece of music inspired by the gardens. Suitable for players who can change between C, F and G7.
Both workshops are priced £7.50 which includes entry to the garden. Please sign up and pay using the PayPal buttons (you don't need a PayPal account). There are 12 places available on each workshop.
The workshops are open to adults and young people aged 12+. Please bring a camping chair or picnic blanket. You can bring your own ukulele or use one of ours. Pre-booking is essential. A wet weather plan will be put in place nearer the time. We ask for your phone number so we can let you know of any changes at short notice.
The address is Plantation Garden, 4 Earlham Road, Norwich NR2 3DB. There is a pay & display carpark next door to the garden.
A new ukulele group for home educated young people aged 11-14 is starting in Norwich in September 2020.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Once we've got a small group together we'll agree on a suitable day and time. Assuming we have a minimum of 7 people the cost will be £5 per person.
A risk assessment will be carried out before we start to make sure everyone is safe during the pandemic.
The ukulele is a great introduction to learning instruments. We'll cover everything you need to know to get you started. We'll tailor the sessions according to the interests of the group.
More information (venue, dates, time, etc) will be posted here when we have it.
Young and old sang together when Mulbarton Primary Uke Cub visited elderly folk in Swardeston last week.
The nine children from years 5 and 6 played songs to an appreciative crowd at Edith Cavell Day Centre. There was much audience participation with the older folk joining in on You Are My Sunshine and Yellow Submarine.
Afterwards the children enjoyed a much deserved glass of squash and chatted with the day centre clients.
Julia Jones from the centre said: "Thank you for giving us such a cheerful, fun afternoon and showing us your uke skills!
"The clients really enjoyed the time chatting to everyone afterwards too. We must not forget to say thanks to the parents for helping with the transport arrangements."
You Are My Sunshine
A big well done to The Tuesday Strummers on their performance at Uke-O-Vision on Saturday night.
Representing USA, nine of us dressed up in our finest Western outfits and played a Cowboy Medley which included three Tuesday Strummer favourites - Oh Susanna, Jackson and Red River Valley.
Much fun was had watching the other countries perform before delivering our scores. The winners were France with a hilarious reworking of the Ian Dury and the Blockheads classic Hit Me With Your French Baguette.
We also smashed the buffet, made good use of the cheap bar and attempted a barn dance. A great night all round!
Big thanks to the organisers and everyone who took part.