“Who needs George Formby?”, joked one of the parents who came to our special ukulele assembly just before the half term break.
Mark Walsh, a professional ukulele player, has been sharing his talents with Year 5, who have been enjoying ukulele lessons most weeks since last September. After a hesitant start, the class acquired enough skills to start playing along with Mark.
The ukelele assembly began with the children playing three tunes - 'The Blues', 'Don’t Worry, Be Happy' and then 'Oh When the Saints'. Mark joined us in the last piece. It involved strumming chords, singing and playing the actual tune, dependent on each child’s confidence and ability.
Mark then played solo and the pupils were amazed at the speed his fingers moved, clapping along and singing songs they knew. Miss Gardener asked Mark questions about his life and musical career. Mark told us that he'd begun playing at the age of 5 and had never had a lesson - he is totally self-taught! He has played all over the world, often performing on radio and television, and in live theatre.
Thank you Mark for sharing your talent with us, and for inspiring our children and showing them what can be achieved with hard work and practice.
All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed this unusual musical treat as did the parents and grandparents of some Year 5 children who came along to see how the children were progressing.
We would like to thank Mrs. Rawlings too for preparing the children for their impromptu concert and for teaching them so well each week.