Christmas Spiegeltent

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Following sell out shows at Carnegie Hall, the Albert Hall (twice) and the Sydney Opera House, the Uke’s , finally get to play a decent venue…

Arrive early at 6.30pm to enjoy a sumptuous and hearty tapas style platter from Resident Chefs Mi Casa  for £15 per head and grab your Spiegeltent Booth for the evening……

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele.

A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery.

Only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling). Audiences have a good time with the Ukulele Orchestra. Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks, the Orchestra takes us on “a world tour with only hand luggage” and gives the listener “One Plucking Thing After Another”.

Using instruments small and large, in high and low registers, whether playing intricate melodies, simple tunes, or complex chords, and sitting in chamber group format dressed in formal evening wear, the Orchestra uses the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom as it reveals unsuspected musical insights.

Both the beauty and vacuity of popular and highbrow music are highlighted, the pompous and the trivial, the moving and the amusing. Sometimes a foolish song can touch an audience more than high art; sometimes music which takes itself too seriously is revealed to be hilarious. You may never think about music in the same way once you’ve been exposed to the Ukes’ depraved musicology.

The Orchestra have entertained literally millions of people in their 25 year history, spawned hundreds of imitators and are probably to blame for the current ukulele revival sweeping the globe. Whether you’ve been following them for years or have never heard of the word ‘ukulele’ before you must come and check out this jewel in the Spiegeltent’s 2012 programme.



6.30 Food served

7.30 Doors open

7.45  Concert starts

8.30 Interval

8.50  concert resumes

10.35   Concert ends

Please feel free to stay and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of  the Spiegeltent, we will remain open for music, cocktails and Dancing if you so wish!

Tapas Menu

A board to share of…

  • Beautiful spanish meats and cheese, pickles, olives and a fresh ‘agro dolce’ vegetable salad, whole roasted elephant garlic & rosemary foccacia
  • For those that are vegetarian the meat will be substituted with a beetroot, feta & cumin dip and a lentil, tomato & coriander salad
  • Patatas Bravas
  • Salt Pollock fritters & aioli
  • Roast winter vegetables, capers, herbs, parmesan & breadcrumbs
  • Purple sprouting broccoli, garlic, chilli & lemon


And don’t forget to check out the fabulous ‘Santa’s Grotto Cocktail bar’


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