The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

  • The List
  • 9 August 2007

This article is from 2007.


5 Questions

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain’s George Hinchliffe responds to our probing

5 words to describe your show

Entertaining, thought-provoking, moving, hilarious, musical. Or you could use our old standbys: virtuosic, stomping, awesome, funny, wish-fulfilling.

4 items that would be on your dream rider

Hot potatoes, gin, a botanical Latin dictionary, hooks on the wall (so many dressing rooms do not have hooks), silence, the ability to count.
3 things that you hope for form your visit to Edinburgh in August New friends; a review which doesn’t use the words ‘madcap’, ‘searing’ or ‘ukulele’; the selling of yet more boxes of our new CD.

2 influences on your music you’d rather not admit to

Pedagogy and the covert transmission of genuinely useful public service information.

1 rumour you’d like to start about the orchestra

No rumours, but here’s some facts some journalists have strangely not believed: we all met in a nightclub. Five of us are trained hairdressers. Six of us are BBC announcers. Ukulele seven is ukulele five’s son. Ukulele eight was in a relationship with ukulele one but now lives with ukulele four. We once played a gig in the Albert Hall.

Assembly@Queen’s Hall, 668 2019, 9–11 Aug, 7.30pm, £20.

The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain

The ensemble performs classical and rock favourites.

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