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Youths, Lutes and Ukes project - Final Concert Tuesday 9 July 2013

Youths, Lutes & Ukes: Music from Shakespeare to the blues - for a gang of strummers
Two hundred young ukulele players from York schools 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. Aeldred's and Elvington primary schools led by local ukulele teachers and members of both ensembles. The young people then spent several weeks practising the music, with the help of their teachers and ukulele players from the University of York's Music Education Group.
The project explored music by two musicians called Robert Johnson - one Shakespeare's lute player, the second a bluesman. The young people learned about the chord patterns of early seventeenth century music and  experienced how they are related to similar patterns in blues songs.  Joined by lute and ukulele professionals, they performed their own blues song, and music from the seventeenth century - including a lively dance.
The Youths, Lutes & Ukes project is a Music4U project which is being run in conjunction with the National Centre of Early Music as part of the York Early Music Festival. This project has been supported by SHM Foundation.

Images - Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny & Nick Browning (Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain) at St Barnbas' School, York. Courtesy of The SHM Foundation