Release Date: 08-Nov-2013
The small yet mighty ukulele is making a comeback in the region, as budding musicians of all ages are taking up the petite guitar to learn their first instrument.
Leading the way have been both school children and older people. KNH has been running free lessons for the over 55s in several retirement living schemes. They’ve done this in conjunction with Kirklees Music School, who also provide lessons at a number of schools in the area.
Young and old enjoying their ukulele lesson
The latest scheme to sign up is Brooklands in Bradley, where residents are being joined by Year 5 students from nearby St Thomas’ Primary school at weekly lessons until July. They’ll also play together in special Christmas concert next month.
According to Ginette Eady, who teaches the lessons, it’s no surprise that the instrument is becoming so popular at schools like St Thomas’: "The ukulele is brilliant for kids to learn. It really comes to life when played in groups and is a good way into any form of music.
"It’s never too late to pick up an instrument and it’s really great to see the young children learning together with the older generation. It’s a very worthwhile and exciting project - we intend to have lots of fun!” she continued.
Ginette’s enthusiasm for the uke is shared by those taking part in the lessons. Bob Millar, who lives at Brooklands, said: “everything was explained in a way that grabbed my interest and I’m hooked now. I look forward to every lesson!”
Karina Sykes is KNH's older people’s activities coordinator. She said: “I’ve been delighted with the success of the project. Ginette has been an inspiration and everyone’s having a great time while learning a new skill.
“It’s also wonderful to see the two generations forming bonds over a common interest – the combination of learning and socializing is really helping our older residents live life to the full.”