UPDATE JUNE 2020 - UKE-TROUPE IS CONTINUING TO MEET ON ZOOM DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
The Group Organiser, Joy Cooper, can be contacted via the link on the top right of this page. (When emailing the Group Organiser please ensure that you mention 'Uke-Troupe'). The sessions are led by the Troupe leader, Mark Taylor, and Joy is assisted with the administration by Mary Burbage.
Please note the ‘BUYING A UKULELE’ link, which gives some useful advice.
'A VIEW FROM THE FRONT LINE'. Personal accounts by members of Uke-Troupe.
Uke-Troupe can be seen in action on the 'PHOTOGRAPHS' pages.
The ukulele is a fun instrument and relatively easy to play. It is a very popular activity in many U3A groups around the country and requires no previous musical ability, expertise or knowledge. A willingness to learn is the only requirement. Experienced players are welcome to join Uke-Troupe when there is space available. Private tuition can be arranged for beginners.
We play a variety of popular songs, both new and old, and create our own arrangements. Each member of the group has their own ukulele, digital tuner and music stand. Communication is by e-mail. Members receive e-mail attachments from Joy which they print off and bring to the following Uke-Troupe session. Practise 5-10 minutes each day to ensure steady progress. Regular attendance is important.
Uke-Troupe now has approximately thirty members and we normally meet in the Tony Burgess Room, St Ives Corn Exchange on the first and third Friday of each month. Set up is from 9.45 and we play between 10.00 - 12.00. There is a small charge for room hire which is payable termly, in advance.
HISTORY OF THE GROUP
Uke-Troupe was established by Brian Barnes in April 2015 and after just six sessions the group gave their first public performance at the Group Fair on Thursday 11th June 2015. Playing on the balcony of the Charter Hall in St Ives Corn Exchange we performed four songs, ‘Singing in the rain’, ‘Rocking all over the world’, ‘Blowing in the wind’ and ‘You are my sunshine’. Uke-Troupe also contributed some Christmas songs to the December monthly meeting of the U3A.
The group now regularly accepts invitations to perform, often in care homes or day centres locally.
MEETING DATES 2020
Uke-Troupe is currently meeting on Zoom for one hour every Friday at 11am.
This arrangement and our meeting dates will be reviewed once groups are allowed to reconvene but our anticipated dates for the Autumn Term are:
September 4th and 18th
October 2nd and 16th
November 6th and 20th
December 4th and 18th
No gigs are currently able to take place but once they can be arranged again, dates and details will be published here.
PERFORMANCE DRESS CODE
• Shirts/blouses/tops (not T-shirts) - White
• Trouser or skirts - Black
• Shoes – Black
• Belt (if worn) - Black
• A single tie, bow-tie, scarf, cravat – yellows/oranges/burnt orange (to match the music stand banner).
• No jackets, jumpers, waistcoats, hats, etc.