Photo essay: Leeds ukelele crew begins year jamming

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An Orchestra of Leeds ukulele players roared into 2017 with their first session this week, readying for a busy schedule of upcoming gigs.

The Roundhay Ukelele Group harmonised at the Highwood Pub, where players of all abilities could strum their favourite pop hits.

PIC: Tony Johnson

PIC: Tony Johnson

The one hour 30 minute session was sheet-led and involved singing, with past arrangements including the songs of Lady Gaga and Queen.

The group, started in a friend’s kitchen, now tours Leeds and plays ensembles adapted for the ukulele.

Last December the group raised £4,155 for The Robert Ogden Centre and Macmillan Cancer support at the Macmillan Carol’s festival.

Their next gig will be on March 31 at North Leeds Charity Beer Fest. Visit: Sessions: £6.

Artist Ruth Spencer Jolly who composed 'European Unison' an ensemble written for 28 pianos, representing the members of the European Union and symbolising Brexit, following a preview of her work at Besbrode Pianos in Leeds. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 23, 2017. The composition tells the story of the EU from its birth to Brexit. The ensemble of pianos is a metaphor demonstrating "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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