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Accomplished, Funny Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to visit Shannon Hall

Press Release

For immediate release

Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu, (608) 262-3907


The Wisconsin Union Theater welcomes Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to Shannon Hall on Sunday, April 8th at 8 pm. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $10, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $41/37/25, UW-Madison Faculty and Staff are $43/39/25, General Public is $45/41/25. Tickets may be bought online, by phone at 608-265-ARTS (2787) or in person, see locations and hours here.

Due to popular demand and following their great concert here in April 2015, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain returns to Shannon Hall! The ensemble brings a special bit of fun to the stage, getting the audience to laugh and sway. Its members perform everything, from classical to disco, contemporary bluegrass and country to Lady Gaga, bringing its own quirky flair to each show.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain was formed in 1985 and has been performing ever since its first gig which turned out to be an instant sell-out. By 1988 they had released an LP, appeared on BBC TV, played at WOMAD and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session. The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years, and has become something of a national institution. The Orchestra has given thousands of sold-out concerts across the world, performing sell-out shows at the Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. The New York Times said, “It all amounted to superbly tuneful fun. Performing on ukuleles ranging in size from a conventional soprano instrument to a tubby electric-bass model, the seven orchestra members on hand mixed instrumental panache and affable singing with no small amount of inimitably British drollery.” 

Their music has been featured in films, on stage and on commercials. The ensemble has played with the likes of Madness, David Arnold, The Ministry of Sound, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and The Kaiser Chiefs.


This concert is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee. This concert is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. WORT, 89.9 FM is the media sponsor.