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The Lightly Strung Orchestra

Join our motley crew of joyful ukesters from Sydney's Northern Beaches if you want to upskill your ukulele skills to a performance level. The LSO loves playing the happiest instrument on the planet and making music that lightens the heart and lifts the spirit!

Founded in 2013, the LSO is a performance orchestra for ukulele players who delight in having fun whilst making music on the happiest instrument on the planet. Members of the LSO are also serious about improving their ukulele skills and musical abilities through regular participation in our teaching sessions and commitment to practice.

The LSO offers participants:

  • Expert tuition in ukulele techniques, music theory and performance skills. 

  • Diverse sessions that aim to meet the needs of different skill levels in the group

  • A relaxed and supportive environment for you to learn and have fun!

  • Plenty of performance opportunities, including solo and lead vocal/instrumental parts for those who wish to push themselves a little bit further.

Everyone in the LSO learns the same music, ukulele techniques, chord vocabulary and strumming patterns, although intermediate and advanced participants are offered more challenging parts. No matter what level you are at, you will be supported to develop at your own pace.

New members are always welcome to join the LSO, but it is highly recommended that you have a solid foundation in the following prerequisite skills before joining:

  • Have completed an Intermediate Level Ukulele Course or have equivalent playing experience

  • Can play most chord shapes in open position + competent in (some) inversions

  • Can transpose music into different keys – with or without a capo

  • Can read tablature (music notation is not compulsory)

  • Can play chord progressions in different keys, incl. 12 bar blues and blues scales

  • Can play a variety of strumming patterns and finger picking techniques in simple and compound time

You can attend as many sessions as you like during the term.

  • Unlimited term pass: $300

  • Trial class: $35

  • Casual rate (pro-rated x # weeks): $35. Please note that NO payments are processed during class time. If you know you will be away during the term, your casual term fee is still required IN ADVANCE for the pro-rated number of weeks you will attend.

There are no refunds or makeup classes for missed sessions.

If there are exceptional circumstances whereby a participant is unable to attend rehearsals for an extended period of time, this situation can be discussed with the musical director and arrangements agreed upon.

If you postpone your enrolment to a future term within 5 days of the term start date, or after you have commenced a term, you will incur a $20 administration fee.

Ready to proceed? Contact us to receive EFT payment details via email.

Have any further questions? Please contact us with your query.

Our first sessions for 2020 will be held on Monday 3rd Feb (10am-12pm) OR Thursday 6th Feb (7pm-9pm) for all LSO members intending to perform at the Blue Mountains Ukulele Festival gig on 8th Feb 2020.

After that, weekly sessions will resume on Mondays and Wednesdays as follows:

Mondays (10:30am-12:15pm)

Monday rehearsals are held in the Montgomery Theatre, 10 Endeavour Drive, RSL Anzac Village, Narrabeen.

  • Term 1: 10 February - 6 April

  • Term 2: 4 May - 29 June

  • Term 3: 27 July - 21 September

  • Term 4: 12 October - 7 December

Wednesdays (7pm-9pm)

Wednesday rehearsals are held in the Function Room at The Beach Club, 1058 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy.

  • Term 1: 12 February - 8 April

  • Term 2: 6 May - 1 July

  • Term 3: 29 July - 23 September

  • Term 4: 14 October - 9 December

Throughout the year, the LSO performs at a variety of ukulele festivals and other events.

Your regular fees will apply if additional rehearsals are required for a performance:

The LSO performance shirt ($35) is required for most performances and must be purchased prior to a performance.

For details about upcoming events click here.

What People Say...

Merle, member of the LSO

"I just want to thank you SO much for today and for being such a wonderful teacher and inspiration. I just loved it!!! It gave me such a buzz.  I am enjoying playing so much and my fellow LSO players are very nice and friendly. "

Denise, member of the LSO

"Janine Shearer, you have a wonderful gift as a teacher. You encourage and motivate us to reach our goals.  I feel as a group we enjoy the experience of the ukulele as we each become more skillful with your guidance.

Thank you."

Shirley, member of the LSO

"Janine, thank you for the opportunity  to have a great time! What a lovely sight it was for me to see the smiles on the faces of the audience as they sang and clapped their hands to our music! I am very proud to have been part of spreading that love of music and the joy of  singing along with other people."