And now we’re three!

My Ukulele Orchestra, Raunds Ukulele Orchestra, has just celebrated it’s third birthday. What an amazing achievement! I can’t believe we’ve been going for three years now and the numbers have continued to grow. We have over 30 people who come regularly and its always such a fun night. The group has continued to grow and[…]

The new term begins

It’s been a while since my last post. Since then I’ve been away on holiday, finally had chance to relax, and now back into it as if I’d never been away! The holiday was amazing, ten days in America touring the north eastern states, amazing, spectacular – but another story altogether! So work has started[…]

Final Uke Course

The final session of the ukulele course has happened. Yet again, they astounded me at how quickly they progressed. This week we looked at moving the basic strumming pattern using just the thumb onto using the index and middle finger. By extending them slightly from a loose fist, you can strike the stings with the[…]

Our House

Well, it’s been an amazing week which saw three performances of the school show ‘Our House’, the Madness musical. The kids were fantastic and it was such a pleasure to be the musical director for the production. We had great fun in the band, you can’t he;p but enjoy playing all these songs. The three[…]

New Course Begins!

The latest Raunds Ukulele course began today. It was great to see 15 eager people arrive with their ukulele in hand ready to play. They were fast learners, within half an hour we had four chords learnt and two songs done. By the end of the hour and a half session, we had five chords[…]

New book for the orchestra!

Well, they asked for a challenge, and yet got one! I launched the new song book for Raunds Ukulele Orchestra tonight and we had great fun playing through some of the songs. The new book is a collection of songs from a range of genres and styles. I’m particularly excited that we’re trying some of[…]

Choirs from scratch competition

Today saw the first time I met my assigned choir that are taking part in a local competition, the Cransley hospice from scratch choir. In October six choirs, who have never sung together before, made up from various local businesses will meet for a one off competition, each group will perform two songs to what[…]