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Making music from humble beginnings




The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding perform at Ayscoughfee Hall Gardens.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding perform at Ayscoughfee Hall Gardens.

What started ten years ago as an advert for people to join a new ukulele band in Spalding has grown and grown.

Today, the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding has 55 members, plays multiple concerts throughout the year and raises around £5,000 each year for various charities.

They recently played a free, rousing concert at Ayscoughfee Hall Gardens to an audience of more than 200 people, and raised £200 for local charities from kind donations.

The orchestra will celebrate its first decade in September.

Press secretary John Baguley plays in the orchestra along with his wife Jo, who is also assistant musical director.

Audiences enjoy the music in the gardens.
Audiences enjoy the music in the gardens.

He said: "It was all started by a guy called Will Dunlop who put an advert in the local press for anyone who wanted to learn to play the ukulele.

"We met in one of the rooms at the South Holland Centre and about 18 people turned up.

"None of us could play a note but Will said you only need one finger to play a 'C' chord.

"From the 18 who turned up, 11 of us took a ukulele so it was a case of pass it round.

Musical director Zeph Churchill with the orchestra.
Musical director Zeph Churchill with the orchestra.

"Then Will told us he'd booked us our first concert in about six weeks time. We said 'but we can only play one chord.'

"He said 'that's plenty of time.'

"It was all started by a guy called Will Dunlop who put an advert in the local press for anyone who wanted to learn to play the ukulele."

"We played our first concert of six songs at Long Sutton parish church's harvest supper and afterwards the vicar said to the congregation 'would you like to hear some more.'

"Everybody said yes and we had to tell them that we only knew the six songs, so he said to the congregation 'would you like to hear those songs again?'

"After the interval we replayed those six songs!"

Today the orchestra plays everything from Ed Sheeran, to the Beatles, Buddy Holly and the Eagles, to Bette Midler and songs from Victorian musicals - all under the musical direction of Zeph Churchill.

The group meets every Thursday at 7.30pm at Spalding Methodist Church in Broad Street.

For more details contact John or Jo on 01733 211174.



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