Our first Children’s Ukulele Festival took place on 2 Feb – and what a wonderful day it was!

Around 90 young uke players aged between six and nine from seven Norfolk schools came to The Garage in Norwich to celebrate World Play Your Ukulele Day with workshops, sharings and a performance by The Banana Ukulele Band.

The schools which took part were Avenue Junior, Little Melton Primary, Mulbarton Infant, Mulbarton JuniorNewton Flotman PrimaryWest Earlham Infant and Recreation Road Infant.

The children are all learning ukulele in school, either as a whole class or in our lunchtime and after school clubs. The aim of the day was to inspire, motivate and celebrate their achievements.

They attended workshops with tutors Gemma Cullingford, Ian Brownlie, Alan Southgate, Kim Moore and Rachael Morrison. Some of the teachers and support staff learned how to play ukulele in 45 minutes with Clara Wiseman.

Students from Little Melton Primary and Mulbarton Junior worked towards their Arts Award Discover.

The festival was produced by ILOVEUKE, hosted by The Garage and funded by Youth Music.

​Thank you to The Garage team, the schools and, most of all, the young uke players for taking part. It was a really special day, and we very much hope to do it again next year!

The children were split into three groups for workshops. Gemma’s group created a film soundtrack, Ian’s group composed a soundscape for a story and Kim’s group prepared a fun performance of choreographed songs.

After our workshops we met in theatre to share what we’d learned.
There were also smaller group performances from Avenues Junior and Newton Flotman Primary and ​Ian led a song called Ukulele Lady which we all played together – about 100 of us all together!

After lunch we were treated to a brilliant performance from The Banana Ukulele Band. They were really fun and after the show they came back for a Q & A session so we could find out about professional musicians and their work.

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