1st April 2009, 8:57am
Ukulele maestros pluck LPAC concert
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Imagine a medley of musical genres spanning Tchaikovsky to Kurt Cobain – played on four-string instruments bought for small change.

That is the unique offering of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, which will be bringing its hilarious renditions of vintage rock-and-roll, jazz, punk and classical music favourites to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).

The concert will take place at the theatre on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus on Friday 1 May.

The orchestra works on the premise that “all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele”.

Their concerts feature only a menagerie of voices and the ‘bonsai guitar’ – there are no drums, pianos or backing tracks. Yet the musicians use the limitations of their instruments to reveal unexpected insights into popular music.

There are rhythm, bass, baritone, tenor, soprano and lead ukulele players. The musicians sit shoulder-to-shoulder in a semi-circle, dressed in formal evening wear like a symphony orchestra.

LPAC spokesman Victoria Simpson said: “Lots of performers bill themselves as being unique – but it’s safe to say the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain falls into that category. Their concerts are both hilarious and awe-inspiring. The orchestra has a huge following across the country and around the world for that matter. We’re expecting high demand for tickets, so people wanting to see them should book now.”

The concert at the LPAC is part of the Love Lincoln Love Music Weekend. The festival, organised by the Drill Hall, Engine Shed and LPAC, will see a variety of musical entertainments staged across the city from Friday 1 May to Sunday 3 May.

Doors for the concert open at 6.30pm and the performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now. They cost £16 full or £14 concessions (including students and under-18s). Tickets are available from www.lpac.co.uk , 0844 888 4414 and the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, which is open Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm.
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