Hundreds of Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch primary school children will get their first taste of large-scale live music when the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain play a special matinee show for them at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, on Friday (13 December).

The capacity show is the result of the on-going partnership between Lighthouse and SoundStorm, BCP’s Music Education agency that provides free music tuition in-class to primary school age children across the conurbation as part of its First Access programme.

“This is the third time the Ukulele Orchestra has agreed to play a special matinee for us – the response has been overwhelming with tickets snapped up in just 72 hours,” says SoundStorm director Dan Somogyi.

“It’s part of our Live and Inspired strand in which established musicians play at BCP schools. Obviously, the Ukulele Orchestra is a big band and only comes once in a while, so we thought it best to bring the audience to them. The Orchestra is really keen to engage young people.

“The ukulele is really popular at the moment – you can learn to play a song with three chords and it’s an easier instrument for younger children with small hands so it’s possible to get good results soon after you start playing. Seeing the Orchestra in full flight playing a set designed for kids in a full Concert Hall will be an inspirational experience and will give those learning the ukulele something to aspire to.”

Almost 1500 pupils, half of whom are learning the ukulele, from 16 primary schools across the conurbation will see the Orchestra play a special 45-minute show in the Concert Hall.

In the last year SoundStorm engaged some 16,000 BCP children through its Live and Inspired programme, plus many more through its other Music Education Hub programmes, funded by Department for Education and Arts Council England.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform a full-scale concert at Lighthouse on Friday evening.

Published 9 December 2019