Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain and Maddy Prior at Alban Arena

THE orchestra that made the ukelele cool is performing at the Alban Arena next Wednesday, December 5.

The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change.

They believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation as long as they are played on the ukulele. Their music ranges from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks.

The orchestra was formed in 1985 as a bit of fun but the first gig was an instant sell-out. Consequently the current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years.

They come on stage at 8pm and tickets are �18.50, available from or the box office on 01727 844488

Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band are promising Christmas Carols and Capers at the Arena from 8pm next Thursday, December 6.

Folk singer Maddy joins up once again with the Carnival Band during the festive season to mix renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments.

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They perform favourites like The Holly and the Ivy and I Saw Three Ships to secular carols such as The Boar’s Head, dance tunes and specially composed songs from their variety of albums.

Tickets are �18.50

n Two performances at the Arena from iconic television comedian Alan Davies next Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, have sold out.