Art on a Ukulele at The Jazz Cafe

Royal Academy Artists, Art, Ukuleles, a storming Ukulele Orchestra concert, famous faces and a worthwhile contemporary cause.... Art on a Ukulele presents an evening with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) and very special guests The Massive Violins and Clean Bandit.

Bill Jacklin, RA

Bill Jacklin, RA

For those of you who don't already know, 30 ukuleles have been painted by luminary artists such as Bill Jacklyn RA, Allen Jones RA, Cathie Pilkington RA, Ramiro Fernandes Saus, PJ Crook, Norman Ackroyd CBE RA and many more. You can take a look at all the ukulele designs here. They will be played by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at a performance at The Jazz Café on September 12 and ultimately auctioned to raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust to eliminate hepatitis C in the UK by the year 2030.

The UK's foremost luthier Pete Howlett has produced a suite of ukuleles in Churchstoke Alder especially for the UOGB to play on September 12 at The Jazz Café where the orchestra will be giving a concert, with celebrity guests and celebrity presenters, including Jon Snow and more to be announced. 

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A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery. Only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling). Audiences have a good time with the Ukulele Orchestra. Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra takes us on “a world tour with only hand luggage” and gives the listener “One Plucking Thing After Another”.

So don't miss it! Get your tickets here for what will be an unmissable evening bringing art, music and some colourful characters together.