Bromyard Road Methodist Church, Worcester WR2 5DL on Thursday at 14.00hrs.
Leaders and Contacts: Brigid Amor
We are a large, friendly and supportive group who meet on alternate Thursdays at 14.00 in Bromyard Road Methodist Church to learn and play the ukulele and sing. Our sessions last up to two hours but we usually play for about 90 minutes allowing time for instruction and discussion and a short break.
Our program of sessions for 2020/21 is:- SEPT 24; OCT 8 22; NOV 5 19; DEC 3 17 31; JAN 14 28; FEB 11 25; MAR 11 25; APR 8 22.
We play and sing a variety of songs from a variety of traditions including 50s, 60s and 70s pop, folk, traditional, gospel and pre-war. We also provide opportunities for learning different strumming patterns and techniques like finger picking.
All levels of playing and singing are welcome and we will make sure beginners spend some time with one or more of the experienced players while they pick up the basic skills. However the ukulele is an easy instrument to learn and most beginners will be able to play a number of simple songs after two or three meetings.
We use song sheets with the words and chords shown, so you do not have to be able to read music. We post our songs on a dedicated web site, the address of which is provided to group members. All members are expected to access these songs and print their own copies for use in sessions so it is important that you have access to a computer and printer, email and the internet. Alternatively some members save the songs to a tablet or other device which saves on paper and printing costs.
Group members are encouraged to take turns in leading group meetings, usually choosing and introducing the songs to be played, with the help and support of experienced players as necessary.
If you are a new member and you do not already own a ukulele, let us know when you join the group and we will try to arrange for you to borrow an instrument for the first couple of meetings. Once you feel confident you want to carry on learning, you will need to buy your own ukulele and we can give advice on what to buy and where, and the likely cost.
You will also need to buy a music stand but you may be able to share one for the first few meetings.
In addition to our fortnightly meetings some of us occasionally perform in public as The U3A Ukestars. We do this for free as a way of developing our skills and to help promote Worcester U3A. Performing in public is not compulsory for group members but it is great fun and a wonderful boost to your confidence.
Here are just a few things our audiences have said about us:
“You were like a ray of sunshine on a wet and windy day” Worcester Victorian Fair 2019.
“We are from Shrewsbury U3A, visiting for the day, and we have really enjoyed your set” Worcester Victorian Fair 2019.
“Thank you all so much for playing for us, we all thoroughly enjoyed it“ Worcester Live at Home, November 2019.
"Really good to have the Ukestars yesterday and a big, big thank you. You were all great and brought a lot of fun to the day." Worcester Handbell Rally 15 June 2019.
"That was a good session. What a good selection of songs, most of which I have not heard for a long time",Pershore and District Friendship Centre, March 2019.
"Thank you so much for playing for us yesterday. The band was wonderful. Please thank them all for giving up their time and entertaining us all so well. We very much appreciated it. It made our Christmas lunch", Come on Inn, December 2018.
"We all enjoyed the ukuleles very much last night. It was quite amazing. Very talented lot”, St John’s Townswomen’s Guild, April 2018
"Just to say a big thank you for your performance. You are very good!” Worcester Ladies Probus group, January 2018
“THANK YOU so much, you were all fab. I really enjoyed your playing and the songs were a great choice! “ Kempsey Christmas Market, November 2017.
“I am wondering if you are available to come to Francis Court again and play for us, everyone had such a lovely time when you came before”, Francis Court, November 2017.
“You were appreciated and enjoyed by our group ...and I am sure everyone went home feeling a lot better in themselves”, Worcester Heart Support Group, November 2017
Last up-dated 03 January 2020
Ukestars sing the Beatles