The Lightly Strung Orchestra performs regularly around the traps on the Northern Beaches and at Ukulele Festivals further afield. Here A week snippet of photos from our gigs have been captured below.
Friends of Song Soiree: Saturday, 4 April 2020, Warriewood
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (Covid-19)
The Karinya Choir (Mona Vale chapter of the Hummingsong Choir) and the Lightly Strung Orchestra will at some point perform an afternoon of delightful melodies at some venue. It may still be held at the Pittwater Uniting Church, 10 Jubilee Ave, Warriewood, but who knows what will happen in the future. We hope to see you there when the time comes! Tickets: $10 adults, $3 children.
The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival - Saturday, 8 February 2020, Katoomba
Holy moly! The Lightly Strung Orchestra performed with gusto during a very wet and muddy Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival under the Carrington Hotel Marquee Stage, Katoomba. Thanks SO much to all the people who turned up and cheered us on and also a HUGE thanks to the organisers and volunteers who kept everyone spirits up despite the difficult conditions!
Little Diggers & Grandfriends Christmas Concert - Monday 9 December 2019, Narrabeen
There was plenty to sing about at our free "inter-generational" Christmas Concert for the young in age and young at heart! Inspired by the recent ABC documentary "Old People's Home for 4 year Olds" and featuring Shirley (87) and Ben (97) from the program, The Silver Strings Ensemble & Lightly Strung Orchestra performed songs from the silly season with plenty of audience participation and lots of fun that ignited our festive spirit!
Our "String-topia" Concert - Saturday 7 December 2019, Narrabeen
Celebrating 4 and 6 stringed instruments, this year's final concert was a musical treat to delight the senses! Audiences heard performances from our joyful ukulele groups, including The Silver Strings Ensemble & Lightly Strung Orchestra, as well as sublime and cool grooves from Anna Martin-Scrase (cello) and Dean Gray (guitar) who together form the Double Standard Jazz Duo. It was indeed a magical event!
The RSL Anzac Village Winter Festival - Monday, 17 June 2019, Narrabeen
The Lightly Strung Orchestra and Silver Strings Ensemble joined forces to play a mighty HUGE set of popular singalong tunes to an appreciate audience on a cold and rainy Monday morning! We even managed to get members of audience up with us on stage to lead songs! And our swing dancers were fabulous! Well done on a MASSIVE effort gang!
The Northern Beaches Music Festival - Saturday, 4 May 2019, Narrabeen RSL Club
The Lightly Strung Orchestra and Silver Strings Ensemble joined the Northern Beaches Music Festival for the first time ever at the Narrabeen RSL. The Festival had been cancelled at the last minute but then rescued again by the Narrabeen RSL so we were excited to be able to participate after all! We even managed to score a spot on the local Radio Northern Beaches and play a few of our songs live on air! What a hoot!
The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival - Saturday, 9 February 2019, Katoomba
The Lightly Strung Orchestra was super excited to perform at the 10th annual Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival. Rain, hail and shine made their way into our 30 minute set, but we prevailed with gusto! Look at these uke-tastic smiles!! For more details click here.
In Concert with the Northern Beaches Orchestra - Saturday, 24 November 2018, Narrabeen Sports High School
We had a wonderful afternoon of musical delights with the Northern Beaches Orchestra at our end of year extravaganza! The talented musicians of the LSO played music that made the audience sing, tap their feet, and lift the spirits! For more information click here.
The Newkulele Festival - Saturday, 20 October 2018, Newcastle City Hall
Our inaugural performance at this world-class event was AWESOME! Performing on the beautiful Concert Hall Stage, the LSO presented a wonderful set of their latest music to a fantastic audience! Thanks Newcastle! :)
The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival - Saturday, 10 February 2018, Katoomba
For our fourth year in a row, the Lightly Strung Orchestra was among thousands of performers at the Carrington Hotel Marquee stage in Katoomba for this annual uke fest! The LSO blitzed the stage and had a ball! For more details click here
In Concert with the Northern Beaches Orchestra - Saturday, 25 November 2017, RSL Anzac Village
The Lightly Strung Orchestra and the Northern Beaches Orchestra gave a smashing performance at their end-of-year spectacular! The NBO's performance of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake was incredible and the LSO's set was full of fun, frivolity and confetti! What an awesome event! No doubt the outfits had a lot to do with it! :)
Swooners & Crooners Concert - Thursday, 15 June 2017, RSL Anzac Village
The Lightly Strung Orchestra gave a cracking performance full of fantastic sing-a-longs at their Swooners and Crooners Concert for the Village's Winter Festival! Photos courtesy of Glenn Nicholls of Frozen Moments Photography and resident photographer at the RSL Anzac Village
The Sydney Ukulele Spectacular - Sunday, 5 March 2017, Westfield Warringah Mall
After the very successful combined ukulele events of 2016 at Mall Music Macquarie Centre and Sunburst Music Coogee, Mall Music and Ukulele Down Under hosted an even bigger event for Ukulele Clubs and groups in and around Sydney and beyond. The event ran from 10am to 4pm and the Lightly Strung Orchestra was amongst the many performances. Well done gang!
The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival - Saturday, 11 February 2017, Katoomba
Rocking the Carrington Hotel Marquee stage for the third time, the LSO cooked in the heat whilst giving the audience a real treat with some fantastic music for the uke festival. For more details click here
In Concert with the Northern Beaches Orchestra - Saturday, 26 November 2016, RSL Anzac Village
The Lightly Strung Orchestra enjoyed another sensational performance with the Northern Beaches Orchestra at the Montgomery Theatre, RSL Anzac Village at their end-of-year spectacular! From Brahams to Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald to George Ezra, Donizetti to Yazoo, our singers gave stunning performances! Well done everyone. :)
Rock for Heroes 2016 Benefit Day - Saturday, 5 November 2016, Narrabeen RSL Club
The Lightly Strung Orchestra donated their performance time to help raise awareness for young homeless veterans and much needed funds for Homes for Heroes – all proceeds raised going to Homes for Heroes in continuing the wonderful work they do changing the lives of our young vets returning from conflicts who find themselves genuinely homeless. The event raised $7,491 and donations are still possible here - http://rockforheroes.net/
The LSO Winter Concert at the War Vets - Thursday, 30 June 2016, RSL Anzac Village
The Lightly Strung Orchestra had a hoot performing their free brunchtime concert at the "Dugout" in the Gallipoli Building at the RSL Anzac Village. Led by John Chandler and with everyone in full voice, we certainly rocked the crowd till lunchtime. Lots of fun had by all, especially the members of the orchestra!
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea - Thursday, 26 May 2016, RSL Anzac Village
The Lightly Strung Orchestra entertained the audience with plenty of sing-a-long gems at the RSL Anzac Village's own Mad Hatter Tea Party! The Montgomery Theatre was full of crazy hats and crazy folks! :)
The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival - Saturday, 13 February 2016, Katoomba
The Lightly Strung Orchestra was among 1,000s of performers at the Carrington Hotel Marquee stage in Katoomba. It was non-stop uke action all weekend and LSO-sters were in amongst it! Thank you so much to the fantastic support we received from lots of Northern Beaches ukesters who travelled all the way to the Blue Mountains just to see us perform... it was very much appreciated! More details here.
The RSL Anzac Village Christmas Concert - Tuesday, 8 December 2015
The War Vets annual Christmas Carols event was an epic 2 hour event involving local school choirs (Wheeler Heights Public School), the Veterans Voices and many more. The LSO brought the festivities to an end with the grand finale song bringing Santa to visit the crowd in an army jeep. Merry Christmas from the LSO!
In Concert with the Northern Beaches Orchestra - Saturday, 28 November 2015
The Lightly Strung Orchestra gave a mighty BIG performance with the Northern Beaches Orchestra again at the Montgomery Theatre, RSL Anzac Village. A world first! Combining an Ukulele Orchestra with a symphonic orchestra to perform Ravel's Bolero! Thank you to a fabulous audience!
The Central Coast Ukulele Festival - Sunday, 27 September 2015
The Lightly Strung Orchestra put on a sensational performance at the 4th Annual Ukulele Festival on the Central Coast. Due to terrible weather, the event was moved indoors to The Diggers Club at the Entrance, and it was lovely to be welcomed by such a lovely audience. Well done to all the wonderful talent that performed at this event.
Centre Stage, Warringah Mall Concert - Saturday, 12 September 2015
The Lightly Strung Orchestra gave a cracking performance on the Centre Stage, Arena Cove, at Westfield Warringah Mall. Featuring singer Byron Tart and our own wonderful talent, the gig rocked the food court and was "one of the best ever at the Mall" according to the Mall Music sound technician Lee.
RSL Anzac Village African Festival - Wednesday, 10 June 2015
The Lightly Strung Orchestra provided wonderful entertainment to a full house at the Montgomery Theatre, RSL Anzac Village, Narrabeen. Performing alongside African Beat drummers and dancers and the War Vets Lion Dancers, our very own percussionist Ben provided the encore performance. Well done everyone!
Northern Beaches Community Music Concert - Sunday, 22 March 2015
The Lightly Strung Orchestra and Northern Beaches Orchestra provided an absolutely SENSATIONAL afternoon of wonderful music making at the Montgomery Theatre, RSL Anzac Village, 90 Veterans Pde, Narrabeen. From Byron Tart wowing the crowd with Heartbreak Hotel to the NBO performing Bizet's Carmen Suite it was a genre delight!
The Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival - Saturday, 14 February 2015
The Lightly Strung Orchestra (now fully combined with the Northern Beaches Ukulele Gang) performed at the BIGGEST ukulele festival on the planet on Valentine's Day, 14 February 2015. What a sensational performance from all involved. The crowd had an awesome time singing with the group. Congratulations champions!
The LSO & NBUGS Christmas Concert - Sunday, 14 December 2014
Streamers, bells, and shakers and lots of hearty singing were had by all at our free Christmas concert! The Lightly Strung Orchestra and LSO-in-the-making-Northern Beaches Ukulele Gang performed together in concert to bring our audience a delicious variety of songs that got their feet tapping and soul rocking! :)
The Northern BUGS Christmas Concert - Thursday, 11 December 2014
A cast of many joined us at our “UKE-TASTIC” Christmas Concert at the Gallipoli Building, RSL Anzac Village, Narrabeen. The Northern Beaches Ukulele Gang (featuring residents from the RSL Anzac Village) performed songs from the silly season and many more to delight the spirit of all who attended.
The Northern BUGS Spring Concert - Thursday, 18 September 2014
Another sensational performance at the RSL Anzac Village, NBUGS now 22 strong perform for almost 90 minutes to a very appreciative audience! Almost everyone got up front to perform a solo - what a fantastic expression of life!
The Northern Beaches Community Music Concert - Saturday, 13 September 2014
The LSO and Northern BUGS performed alongside two other amazing groups at this wonderful celebration of community music making across the Northern Beaches. As the opening act, we set the stage alight with joy and song, followed by the beautiful acapella Owls & Pussycats Choir and finished off with the very professional Northern Beaches Orchestra. Congratulations to all involved and those who were performing for the very first time.
The Daniel Ho Concert - Wednesday, 9 July 2014
The Lightly Strung Orchestra and Northern Beaches Ukulele Gang performed at the Warringah Mall Dolphin Court stage as the support act for the visiting Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Daniel Ho. Both groups did a SPLENDID job with many performing in public for the very first time! Such a wonderful concert. Very proud indeed!
The Northern BUGS Winter Concert - Thursday, 26 June 2014
Doubling in size... and counting... the Northern Beaches Ukulele Gang (or LSO-in-training) rocked everyone's socks off with their style, energy and enthusiasm! Performing at the new Gallipoli Building at the RSL Anzac Village, we played everyone's favourite singalongs, and there were plenty of smiles all round... Well done everyone!
The Northern BUGS Christmas Concert - Thursday, 12 December 2013
After playing the ukulele for only 3 short months, residents of the RSL Anzac Village who formed the Northern Beaches Ukulele Gang wowed a 100 strong audience at the Gallipoli Building with a very colourful and celebratory Christmas Concert! Well done folks!