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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain™

Current touring shows available 2019/2020

Who is to blame for the worldwide phenomena of ukulele orchestras and ukulelemania? The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain! Tap  your  toes  with  the  royalty  of  the  ukulele  scene,  the  independent  rock-stars  of  the “bonsai guitar”, who have plucked and sung, joked and whistled with Clean Bandit, Robbie Williams, Madness, Cat Stevens, The Ministry of Sound and Blue Peter.
The   world’s   very   first   Ukulele   Orchestra   is   not   just   about   ukuleles;   it   is   about entertainment, joy, fun, strum and artistry.

George Hinchliffe's

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Christmas Show  available Nov/Dec 2019
The original ukulele orchestra, the group that made the uke cool, the band who gave us uke mania invite you to join them in a bit of festive frivolity! This is definitely not shameless seasonal cashing in, just a little midwinter mischief and the chance to play or sing a-long with the odd well worn Christmas classic. Watch the tutorials online, learn the parts and join in live. From the North Pole to Sydney Opera House the Ukes tour planet Earth with their legendary live shows that plunder all genres of music from Wagner to Nirvana with wit and sheer plucking brilliance.

Past Touring shows

Heresy II Heritage 2018
George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. 'Heresy II Heritage' charts the Uke's  rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall.  The Ukes have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air.

On an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and foot-tapping music. Expect the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions.


When This Lousy War is Over 2018
Commemorating the centenary of The Great War ‘When This Lousy War is Over’ is a funny, musically rewarding, touching, irreverent and thought provoking concert for all ages, giving us a window on the world in 1914-18 through the popular music of the time. This inspirational show carries the Ukulele Orchestra’s trademark humour, originality and passion through stomping marches, early jazz, poignant ballads, catchy melodies and even a touch of Hawaiian music. It reveals that 'the instrument of the people', the ukulele, has a place in making this music live again as we remember both comradeship and sorrow. The musical pieces will be framed by a narrative, with stories taken from original war diaries and memoirs written by relatives of the Orchestra. This is a personal show and although the war took place a century ago its reverberations and consequences are still with us all

The Orchestra is delighted to be working once again with Town Hall Birmingham in touring this work originally commissioned and performed in 2014.


“May well turn out to be one of the turning points of 21st Century Art.”
Brian Eno

“Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is spoof proof.”
Sunday Times

“Most people have to die before they become immortal.
These ukulele superstars have no such worries.”
New Musical Express

“The best musical entertainment in the country”
The Independent 

“They extract more than seems humanly possible from
so small and so modest an instrument”
The New York Times

“They have grown into a much-loved institution”
The Observer

“The sophisticated sound they make – both percussive and melodic – is at once hilarious and heartfelt”
The Financial Times

“The Best of British”
Michael Palin

“The ukulele has found its avant garde”
The Guardian

“A musicologist’s nightmare”
Music Week

“Wonderfully clever”
David Bowie

Guitar Magazine

“Among the great entertainers”
Evening Standard

“…few concerts this year matched this ensemble’s November performance”
New York Times

(Top 5 Season Highlights at Carnegie Hall, NY)

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