Calling All Ukulele Players! The Richard Durrant Orchestra needs you to perform in Six Grooves For Ukulele

The ground-breaking, original and musically adventurous Six Grooves For Ukulele (a ukulele concerto in six movements) is coming to The Hawth Theatre, Crawley on Saturday 21 April. Described as “A game changer for the ukulele” by George Hinchliffe, co-founder of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Six Grooves is propelling the ukulele to the pinnacle of contemporary orchestral achievements and is Richard Durrant’s most adventurous work to date.

Performed by The Richard Durrant Orchestra, led by the Sussex composer and guitar & ukulele virtuoso, Six Grooves retains the familiar tongue in cheek personality of the ukulele, whilst highlighting the social and musical power of the instrument. The piece successfuly bridges the gap between the professional and community musician, whilst challenging preconceptions of what the ukulele is musically capable of. The Richard Durrant Orchestra features world-class musicians, a rich sounding string ensemble, and a range of unique and idiosyncratic instruments (water phone, berimbau, vibraphone, marimba, piano and keyboards, plus Durrant’s own invention – the percussive Bicyclatter), the programme is guaranteed to delight music lovers of any genre.

The RDO is calling all ukulele enthusiasts, throughout Sussex and beyond, to unite and take part in a series of workshops facilitated by Richard Durrant. Regardless of your current abilities, these workshops will develop your technical and musical capabilities on the ukulele, and prepare you for the performance with the RDO.

The cost to attend three workshops, and perform alongside this world-class orchestra in a professional theatre, is £35. Tickets for the performance only are £21.50, over 60/child: £18, schools/groups 10+: £16.50, ukulele passport holders: £19

Workshop dates:

• Tuesday 10 April 7 pm at the Hawth Theatre

• Tuesday 17 April 7 pm at The Hawth Theatre

• Saturday 21 April Concert day: 11 am Six Grooves Prep; 5.30 pm Rehearsal with the orchestra at The Hawth; 7.30 pm Concert.

*All participants must play a soprano, concert or tenor uke in conventional tuning (GCEA).

For workshop bookings further information and tickets, please call The Hawth: 01293 553636 or visit: www.hawth.co.uk

For the full programme, more details about the RDO and this unique musical project, please visit: Richarddurrant.com

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