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170 Young York Ukelele players take to the stage for Youths, Lutes & Ukes - Music from Shakespeare to the blues - for a gang of strummers

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Tuesday 9 July at 1.20pm
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall 
University of York 
York YO10 5DD

170 young ukulele players from York schools have had the exciting opportunity to work with members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and the Theatre of the Ayre in a unique collaboration. The project began in May with workshops for pupils from Yearsley Grove, Clifton Green, St. Barnabas, St. Aelred's and Elvington primary schools led by local ukulele teachers and members of both ensembles.  These were followed up with regular visits throughout the summer term by ukulele players from the University of York's Music Education Group, with particular support from local teachers Christian Topman and Andy Normandale, who helped the young people to learn and practise the music. 
The project culminates in a performance as part of York Early Music Festival, celebrating the sound of massed plucked instruments across the centuries which connects two Robert Johnsons (the bluesman and Shakespeare's lute player). The concert will be given by the young players alongside members of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and the Theatre of the Ayre at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall at the University of York on Tuesday 9 July 2013 at 1.30pm

This project is supported by Music4U. The SHM Foundation supported the creation of 'Lutes 'n' Ukes' and its presentation in Yorkshire and South London in 2013.

Tickets: £5.00 are available from the NCEM at St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL. Telephone: 01904 658338. Email:

Press Contact: Shona Galletly, on behalf of National Centre for Early Music 
m: 07813 796 733

Editors Notes:

York Early Music Festival - is supported by the Arts Council England, Yorkshire, Media partner BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music, Tourism partners Welcome to Yorkshire, the City of York Council and members of the York Hoteliers Association.

Music4U - Music4U offers musical opportunities to young people under the age of 18 living in challenging circumstances throughout York and the Humber region. Music4U is funded by Youth Music with partnership monies from York, East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and led by the National Centre for Early Music, York.