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Gigs & Events!

Friends of Song Soiree
Saturday, 4 April 2020, Warriewood

The Karinya Choir (Mona Vale chapter of the Hummingsong Choir) and the Lightly Strung Orchestra will be performing an afternoon of delightful melodies from 3pm-4pm at the Pittwater Uniting Church, 10 Jubilee Ave, Warriewood. Afternoon tea will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Tickets: $10 adults, $3 children.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 restrictions surrounding social gatherings and forced closures of most of our teaching & performance venues, this concert has been postponed until further notice. Stay tune & stay safe.

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! 

Paul Jonson (NZ) - Workshop (5:30pm) & Concert (7:30pm)
Wednesday, 5 February 2020, The Beach Club, Collaroy

Had LOADS of fun with Paul Jonson and his blues elements muscle memory workshop dabbling in a bit of folk blues, boogie, ragtime and traditional folk songs on his resonator ukuleles. Members of the LSO had a fantastic blues jam with Paul whilst Neil Buckley, our blues harmonica teacher, showed us how to riff like a pro! Thanks Paul!

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 Orchestraas 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!

Ukulele Death Squad - Workshop (2pm) & Concert (3:15pm)
Saturday 16 November 2019, Narrabeen (2pm-4:30pm)

The Ukulele Death Squad, one of the hottest uke acts in Australia, gave a smashing workshop and concert to ukesters from the Northern Beaches and beyond. With stage-craft, mad thumping rhythms and outrageous solos, the squad quite literally blew our minds. THANK YOU DEATH SQUAD!

Blues Harp (Harmonica) Workshop - Part 2
Saturday 26 October 2019, Narrabeen

Neil Buckley helped participants continue their blues harp journey with Part 2 of the program to gain proficiency with the skills acquired in Part 1. Future students must BYO 10 hole blues harp harmonica (in C) and a notepad/pen/pencil for taking notes. Handouts are provided.

Introductory Blues Harp (Harmonica) Workshop
Saturday 19 October 2019, Narrabeen

Neil Buckley will help you learn to play the harmonica/blues harp in this fun and engaging 2 HOUR BEGINNER WORKSHOP. BYO 10 hole blues harp harmonica (in C) and a notepad/pen/pencil for taking notes. Handouts are provided. 

Cynthia Lin Down Under!
Friday 27 September 2019, Mosman Community Centre & Art Gallery

We WERE super excited to be hosting YouTube ukulele sensation Cynthia Lin for her first time in Sydney concert & uke jam!  Unfortunately, her grueling tour Down Under has left her with no voice and she has regretfully had to cancel at the 11th hour. Tickets will be refunded - any questions please contact http://cynthialin.com/events/

Introductory Blues Harp (Harmonica) Workshop
Saturday 31 August 2019, Narrabeen

Neil Buckley will help you learn to play the harmonica/blues harp in this fun and engaging 2 HOUR BEGINNER WORKSHOP. BYO 10 hole blues harp harmonica (in C) and a notepad/pen/pencil for taking notes. Handouts are provided. 

Samantha Muir Workshop/Concert
Thursday 8 August 2019, Narrabeen

The LSO was extremely privileged to host UK based classical ukulele maestro Samantha Muir who ventured Down Under in August and thrilled audiences with her beautiful finger style ukulele workshops and concerts. We were absolutely blown away by Sam's knowledge and mastery and many have been inspired to go home and practise for 4 hours a day...!

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 Wild Women of Anywhere Beach
Tuesday, 9 April 2019, Narrabeen

As a duo, Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith have performed together for 30 years, singing their way through numerous political upheavals, cultural revolutions and just plain standing up against injustice! We were delighted to host their sassy workshop and concert which included spine tingling moments of musical magic!

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! :)

Peter Moss (UK) - Workshop & Concert
Friday, 2 May 2018, Manly Vale Community Centre

Open to ukulele players and enthusiasts of all levels, Peter Moss, the ukulele

and banjolele extraordinaire from the UK, is returning to Australia to perform and tour around the country. We are lucky to be hosting one of his ukulele "FUNSHOPS" or orchestrated ukulele workshops, followed by a concert in his frenetic and unique style!

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 

Peter Moss (UK) - Workshop & Concert
Friday, 25 May 2017, Manly Vale Community Centre

A workshop for intermediate/advanced players. Performers like James Hill, Jake Shimabukuro and Taimane Gardner use this style where the ukulele oozes out rhythm, melody and harmony (chords) all at the same time! During the second half of the session, Peter will perform several styles of music on ukulele/banjolele with his free-flowing chord/melody style.

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 Combined Ukulele Ensembles of Sydney
Saturday, 19 March 2016, Macquarie Centre

Members of the Lightly Strung Orchestra joined in a 90 strong ukulele ensemble formed by players across Sydney and beyond. Ukesters from as far as the Blue Mountains, The Central Coast and down to the Sutherland Shire had a rip roaring time at this combined ensemble gig. Fantastic stuff gang!

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 CoastDue 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 archapella 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!

LSO and SSE in concert