Strumming pupils are top of the Formby

12-86     Year 3, ukelele players at Swingate School, Berkhamsted, with tutor Ewan Tees.
12-86 Year 3, ukelele players at Swingate School, Berkhamsted, with tutor Ewan Tees.
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PARENTS were given a sneak preview of the music children will play to open the first ukulele festival of its kind.

The 30 Year 3 youngsters at Swing Gate First and Nursery School performed for them – and their entire school – during a special assembly on Friday.

It is the third year the instrument made famous by iconic entertainer George Formby has been taught at the Berkhamsted school, and its youngsters will now be opening the town’s first ukulele festival, Ukes for Unicef.

The event for the children’s rights group is at Berkhamsted Civic Centre from 11.30am to 5.30pm on Saturday, March 3. Teaching assistant Jan Montague said: “The fact that you can get results very quickly from ukuleles makes them great for the children.

“They can learn a song within three or four weeks and they are fun songs that you can enjoy.

“It’s very satisfying for the youngsters and many ask for ukuleles as Christmas or birthday presents.”

“They pick up all of the basics they should be learning in music – rhythm. pitch and so on – but it does not feel like a lesson.”