INTERMEDIATE ALUMNI BAND | 10 WEEKS* | 2 or 2.5 HRS PER WEEK | £295
| *plus rehearsals on performance dates
This is if you have already completed Learn To Uke’s Intermediate course. If you haven’t, you’ll be welcome to join us when you have.
If you have… you are invited! We are now calling our Alumni Band a choir, due to the number of people who take part, it makes more sense as a way to describe it to people who want to book us for performances. For the rehearsals and performances, we will focus on vocal harmonies and also ukulele parts so you can choose to play rhythm or finger style as there will be options for both. Moving forward, despite the name ‘Choir’, during some songs, you can choose to opt out of the singing and focus solely on the picking/musicianship if you prefer.
With a maximum of 28 people (although there are usually fewer), the purpose of the Monday 10-weeks is to work towards a series of end of term concerts with a focus on ensemble playing and singing in parts. You will need to review the materials and practice at home from up to 2-weeks prior to and in between the rehearsals and be able to come along to most of the Monday sessions, especially in July when we’ll be gearing up for our performances. Please also book time in prior to the gigs, as we will probably have a confidence-boosting ‘top/tail’ rehearsal.
The Monday rehearsals:
May 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8 & 15
Times for rehearsals are all from 7-9 or 9:30pm. (Sometimes, Lorraine might want to help/see you can sing harmonies and play uke parts after Lauren has finished.)
Please book in late mornings on rehearsal dates for rehearsals.
There are 4 confirmed performances, as follows;
7 July – West Norwood Feast (Time TBC)
13 July – Mint Street Music Festival (Time TBC)
20/21 July, Lambeth Country Show (day/time TBC)
20 July – Scoop, More London 3-4pm
For these performances, please do invite your friends and family along to see you!
If you prefer to see all of these dates in a google calendar, here you go
It’s a friendly, inclusive group. If you make friends and chat to people/stay in touch between rehearsals (there are 2 WhatsApp groups you can join), you’re likely to learn as much from the other members of the group anecdotally during the term as you do from Lorraine (for rhythm/strumming) and Lauren (for singing). There’s something for you, whether you’re feeling plucky and want to do some melody picking, or you want to stick to strumming. Whether you’ve sung for years or you’ve previously only sung in the shower, you’ll be fine. If singing in tune is really an issue you’d like to address, we recommend additional private singing lessons to help you with pitching and working on your ear to larynx training. This (sadly) can’t be done in a group environment. You can find someone locally here. Check the teacher has a piano and can help you with pitching/scales/breathing exercises as well as pitching your voice an octave lower than a female voice if you have a low male voice. These skills will prove really handy in the group and in your life.
If you book before 15th April, you’ll get to vote on the new songs we add. We will add 5-6 brand new (as voted by you) songs and also 5-6 from our back-catalogue. We may whittle these down to have only the ones you feel confident with for performances.
“Play to your strengths, grow beyond your limits.”
You will have all of the songs (with chords/tab/tutorial video/as appropriate) in a dropbox ahead of rehearsals, so you have a chance to play them beforehand. Then come along and we’ll rehearse in the group on Monday nights. You will need to listen to the songs (if you don’t know them) and play through the materials and practice at home prior to the rehearsal so that you are familiar with the pieces and have had a go at each part of the song. This will enable us to treat the group meetings as a rehearsal (though we’ll iron out any creases or ambiguities) rather than a slower lesson, and we’ll sing and play 1-2 songs in parts as an ensemble by the end of the session.
Why should I join?
You’ll meet new people and learn/perform brilliant arrangements of well-known songs. The vocals and the ukuleles will be split into different parts, so, rather than strumming away at the same thing, you’ll learn your part, and you’ll be part of a happy, harmonious ensemble.
Is it only for expert players or singers?
In a word, no! It’s open and arranged specifically to flatter all levels of ability, so don’t feel like you need to be a virtuoso singer or player. The sum will sound brilliant because of all its parts. They are a very likeable and social group who will offer friendly advice and encouragement, especially if you are new to the group. Ask and you shall receive. We’re in the 5th/6th incarnation and most people decide to continue as it’s fun and great to see your progress.
How many people can be in it?
It’s limited to a maximum of 28 players and singers.
Will you be doing one every month?
No. It is a longer course with a focus on performance so there will be a maximum of 2 per year. One leading up to summer festival performances and another leading up to winter performances (fingerless gloves may be needed).
How much time will I have to spend practising?
It depends on how much time you have. Ideally, you’ll practice your vocals daily, if you record the warm-ups/your parts from the session, you can repeat these at home. Likewise, you’ll receive the songs ahead of time so we won’t be spending as much time in-depth learning how to play chords or spending time on chord changes during the sessions. It makes sense to have a look, and go through them before you come to the session so that you can ask questions about any chord tricks/rhythms you may need to.
Can I bring my own food/drink?
As the rehearsals are in a hired room, you are welcome to bring your own food/drink with you.
Can I pay in instalments?
Yes. Drop Lorraine an email.
|Start Date||Time||Venue||Address||Post Code||Status|
|Mon 13th May 2019||7-9 or 9:30pm||Green Rehearsal Room, Snowsfield||Near to London Bridge station||SE1||[available]|
|Put the performance dates in your diary please!||Above||West Norwood Feast
Mint Street Music Festival
Lambeth Country Show
|West Norwood Feast
Mint Street Music Festival
Lambeth Country Show
This was the first full band/choir performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Concert for Winter, 2016: