It’s Been Rather Busy!

Starting a new term at school is always really busy, which means I haven’t had much time to write here. However there is lots going on! Raunds Ukulele Orchestra will be putting on a massive concert in March next year, with special guests ‘A Different Direction Choir’ (my competition choir which formed last year). It[…]

New Course Announced!

I am proud to announce that over this weekend Knuston Hall, a local adult education centre set in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside, have approached me and asked me to lead a residential course in January. The dates have now been confirmed and I am very excited! You can find more details under the[…]

Preparing for Performance

Summer is proving to be a very busy time of year, there are a lot of concerts going on! At school we have an ‘arts fest’ and are busily helping our students prepare for their performances. The Ukulele Orchestra has a few big events too. Firstly we are playing at the Leamington Spa UkeFest on[…]

Folk Festival

It’s been a while, so an update is well and truly needed! The Ukulele Orchestra have had a great time over the last few weeks. A fortnight ago we performed at the Raunds Folk Festival. Firstly at the opening jam session where we outnumbered the other players by at least 2:1! Then the following night[…]

‘If you do one thing this month, learn to play the ukulele…’

Here’s a great little article from the Guardian which highlights just how easy it is to pick up the uke and play. We all found this in the orchestra and the people I am teaching at the moment are finding similar. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/mar/14/one-thing-this-month-learn-play-ukelele-do-something And if you’re interested in learning to play, I’m running a beginners workshop[…]

National Ukulele Day

It’s been all over the news today, Ukulele sales in Britain have doubled to around 250,000 in the last five years. The papers are saying it’s because of the band ‘Mumford and Sons’ but I think it’s more than that. The uke is such an accessible instrument and brings fun and enjoyment so quickly, it’s[…]

Happy New Year!

Being a new year, it would seem traditional to have a resolution, or at the very least a challenge – and that’s what I have planned. It’s actually more a result of the Uke Orchestra and those people who are asking me for lessons, and of course personal interest too! The challenge is to spend[…]