The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain makes a welcome return to the Theatre Royal Bath to perform two concerts on Sunday 26th January at 3pm and 7.30pm. Fans of this world famous ensemble who are yet to book their seats should do so without delay, as only a limited number of tickets now remain for each of the performances.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele. Their repertoire combines post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies, going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks.
A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment. 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).
Using instruments small and large, in high and low registers, whether playing intricate melodies, simple tunes, or complex chords, and sitting in chamber group format dressed in formal evening wear, the Orchestra uses the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom as it reveals unsuspected musical insights.
Renowned for their ensemble “show-person-ship” and sheer entertainment value, they engage audiences of all ages from the moment they walk on stage. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has performed at numerous venues, ranging from Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club to Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Royal Festival Hall and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall; and at Festivals ranging from Glastonbury and Edinburgh to The Big Chill.
The Ukulele Orchestra started as a bit of fun in 1985, when their first gig, intended as a one-off, was an instant sell-out. Since then, the Orchestra has given thousands of concerts, television and radio appearances all over the world. The Orchestra’s music has been used in films, plays, and commercials, while film clips of the Orchestra’s live concerts and television appearances on websites such as YouTube have been watched millions of times. Collaborators have included Madness, The Kaiser Chiefs, and The Ministry of Sound.
The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years, and performed thousands of sold-out concerts in the UK and in countries across the globe, including Germany, Sweden, Finland, Poland, France, America, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.
THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF GREAT BRITAIN performs at the Theatre Royal Bath on Sunday 26th January at 3pm and 7.30pm. A limited number of tickets priced at £23 / £25 are available from the Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk