First performance for Ukulele orchestra in Aberdeen

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is to play its first concert in Aberdeen this spring.

Friday, 25th February 2011, 12:47 pm

An evening with the all-singing, all-plucking Ukulele Orchestra is an hilarious, virtuosic, foot-stomping and truly unique event and North-east audiences will get their chance to experience this when they play the Music Hall on Saturday, April 30.

“We are hugely excited to bring the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to the Granite City” said Aberdeen Performing Arts’ programming manger Doug Taylor.

“Their infectious show is a wonderful mix of music, humour and entertainment that will tear the house down, we expect tickets to go ‘plucking quick.’”

The Orchestra was formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, but the first gig was an instant sell-out, and they’ve been selling out well established theatres and venues across the world ever since. By 1988 they had released an LP, appeared on BBC TV and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session. The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years, and has become something of a national institution. They have given thousands of sold-out concerts across the world, on instruments bought for loose change.

Over the last 25 years, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has spawned hundreds of imitators, and you can now find Ukulele Groups in nearly every major city, indeed, the Orchestra are often blamed for the current Ukulele revival which is sweeping the globe.

Their music has been used in films, plays, and commercials, while film clips of the Orchestra’s live concerts and TV appearances on websites such as YouTube have been watched millions of times. Collaborators have included Madness, David Arnold, The British Film Institute, The Ministry of Sound, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) and The Kaiser Chiefs.

Tickets costing £19 are on sale now at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall, His Majesty’s Theatre and The Lemon Tree.