Strum like it hot as Lewes pupils impress ukelele master

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Talented pupils at a Lewes school demonstrated their musical skills in front of the author of the text book they’ve been using to learn a new instrument.

Ian Lawrence journeyed to Sussex to hear Year Five and Six students at Lewes Old Grammar School after they wrote and told him how much they enjoyed learning the ukulele using his book ‘Ukulele Magic’.

Angela Spinks, the Music co-ordinator at the the independent school’s junior department, Morley House, has been taking the nine- to 11-year-olds through their paces since September.

“The groups had a lovely afternoon and were so pleased to meet the man behind the book they’ve been using,” said Angela.

“The ukulele is a wonderful instrument for this age group to use to get a grasp of so many aspects of music - a real building-block for the future.”

Ian acknowledged how accomplished they had become in such a short space of time. He brought some of his students from south London to Sussex so they could perform some melodies from the book, which features everything from rock to ragtime, bluegrass to swing, tango, calypso and the blues, alongside the Lewes children.

Part of the guitar family, the uke (as it’s known) originated in Hawaii in the 19th century.