Stanway in Colchester

Lang/Lit/Music - Ukulele - Ukes 4 All

IMPORTANT NOTICE - 17/3/2020 - Meetings of this group are cancelled until further notice as a precautionary measure due to Coronavirus.

This thriving, vibrant, fun ukulele group has grown from its modest beginnings in 2013 when a small group met in the Committee Room at the Copford Village Hall, and has grown in popularity with now 45 plus happy ukers that meet weekly, all wanting to learn to play this wonderful but addictive little instrument - there is no limit on the number of members playing, all are welcome.

For both our groups you will need your own ukulele – usually a Soprano, Concert or Tenor. You are welcome to try out all three sizes prior to buying your own, and you will need a tuner – preferably electronic; and a music stand.

The Group meets on Friday mornings 9:30 - 12:30 in the Copford Village hall where there is ample parking. We have two groups running simultaneously from 9:30 - 10:45am.

The Beginners Group meets in the Committee Room, taken by Keith, he will show you all the skills needed to start playing this fun instrument until you are confident enough to move up to:-

The Intermediate/Advance Group in the Main Hall taken by Mary, here you will be stretched to learn new chords and strumming/fingerpicking techniques. No musical expertise is needed, just enthusiasm and a desire to enjoy playing, singing and having fun. We are lucky that we have a few people in this group that have musical backgrounds and are happy to help if we need guidance when developing arrangements.

We enjoy finding and developing many songs putting our own unique twist on them to best suit the uke and expand our songbook. We are always on the lookout for new material so all suggestions are welcome. Some members of this group have performed over the last 4 years in various venues, most recently at the D’Ukes fest 2017 held at the Arts Centre in Colchester, the Wivenhoe folk festival and various folk clubs. An even smaller number have performed at sheltered housing and lunch groups for the elderly. The most recent performances being the Stanway U3A Variety Show 2018 and the Singalong with Stanway U3A concert in June 2019.

At 10.45am we break for tea/coffee and biscuits, and after the break a jamming session takes place where Keith and Mary can relax with a small number of advanced and eager members and new songs can be developed and arranged for the main group.

If you would like more information about this group or to register your interest, please click on the Bluebird contact button at the side of the page and come along and have a go.

Big House event
Big House event Oct 2019 In October 2019 a number of us from both our U3A Ukulele groups hot footed it to a Ukulele indulged weekend at a hotel in Gloucester for an event called the Big House. The whole hotel was taken over and every form of uke and music were enjoyed by all. We had chances to do workshops to improve our techniques and the Stanway Strummers performed on two days at the open mic which was great fun and warmly received.
We were treated to a lovely gala meal and to top it all, in addition to all the great acts that performed over the weekend, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain filled one evening with their unique performance and stayed on to do a workshop the following morning. All in all, everyone seemed to really enjoy the whole experience.

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