Norwich Ukulele Festival strikes a chord

A celebration of all things ukulele came to the city yesterday as youngsters joined seasoned performers for a day of music making that showed that good things really do come in small packages.

Kicking off at 1pm, the Norwich Ukulele Festival ran into the night with open mic sessions, lessons and a talent showcase, culminating with headline act Tricity Vogue.

Held at Norwich Arts Centre, it also saw evening performances from all girl nostalgia act Hello Sailor, Noel from Dumbfoundus and comedy act Emperor Norton among others.

Gemma Cullingford, co-founder of the Norwich Ukulele Society and part time music teacher saw a group of some of her youngest students aged little more than seven years old start the festival on the main stage.

She also gave tuition in the afternoon, quickly showing the uninitiated how to play Elvis' classic Hound Dog.

Miss Cullingford thought she saw converts to the cause. She said : 'After the Ukulele Society played I heard some people saying that it seemed like a lot of fun and that they really wanted to join, and I think it's the case that once you've held a ukulele you pretty much get addicted straight away.'

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