Student contributions

We’re inviting our students to share their stories about their favourite ukuleles, strings, places to play, YouTube videos, and anything ukulele related with you.

This is where those posts will show up.


Trip to the George Formby Convention

Trip to the George Formby Convention 15 & 16 March 2014

george formby ukulele convention

OK, so it’s a ‘thing’. We’re going to Blackpool on a field trip to join in the ‘thrash’, workshops, and to check out the amazing banjoleles that are on sale at the George Formby Convention.

Fancy it? You really should! We can book your travel and accommodation, so we’ll all travel together, heading up to Blackpool on Saturday morning and heading back down on the Sunday late afternoon, arriving back in London around 7 or 8pm.

Want to join us? We’ll book your travel and accommodation.

Book your place here


The bride to be’s secret ukulele lessons!

It’s not often I teach private students, but this lady is an exception. We’ve taken the photo of her learning to play using an electric ukulele and microphone from behind to protect her anonymity. After completing 2 ukulele courses with me, she confided that she was really only learning to play the ukulele so she can perform to her husband-to-be on her wedding day, and asked if I would teach her the song. Naturally, I couldn’t resist, so I’m really excited now the wedding date is getting closer and we’re nearly at performance standard on the song. More on this story to come!

Ukulele Workshop in London, UK with James Hill

Ukulele Workshop with Ukulele Virtuoso, James Hill. 11 March.

James Hill and Anne Janelle

It is with the greatest pleasure that I announce a workshop with James Hill and Anne Janelle for our alumni students. As most of you will know, James is one of three true ukulele virtuosos that I am aware of in the world. The words ‘ukulele virtuoso’ are used liberally by some to describe guitarists who are able to hack and play lead lines on a ukulele, but I know of only three actual ukulele virtuosos. In March 2014, you’ll get to have a workshop with one of them. Very exciting!

Even better than that, you’ll get double the fun. The amazing Anne Janelle (James’s wife, and incredibly talented partner in crime – she’s a phenomenal cellist, performer and recording artist.) will be with him. The reason he’s in town is because of Anne’s tour. He’ll accompany her on stage at the Green Note in Camden, with the beautiful folk group Troubadour Rose on March 23. If you want to go and see the (highly recommended) show, then you can grab yourself a ticket here.

Here’s James’s actual biography: Since the release of his first solo ukulele album in 2002, James has become recognized as “one of the world’s top composers for the ukulele” (Rafe Mair, 600AM Vancouver), renowned for his “world-class command of the instrument” (John Berger, Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

James, who holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, is also a distinguished teacher. He has presented ukulele workshops throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in Japan, Germany, Italy, Sweden and New Zealand. He has twice been invited to teach and perform at the renowned `Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute in Waimea, HI, and has lectured at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and at the University of Oregon. James is co-author of the acclaimed Ukulele in the Classroom method book series.

“Possibly the best ukulele player in the world… Hill wowed and charmed the audience.” – Waikato Times Testimonials

Wow! James Hill brings the uke to life. It is one thing to be so amazing on the ukulele… but to also connect and bring the magic to the hearts of his students, that’s wonderful. – Chris, Music Teacher

James’ lessons are delivered so clearly, amusingly and thoughtfully. – Faith, Adult Learner

I’m super-impressed by James’ teaching, organization and caring. As an ex-public school music teacher I realize how much he has invested in developing his teaching skills. – Ellie, Retired Music Teacher

So. If all this excites  you, then you can


Book a ticket to James’s workshop here. [this event was in the past]