19/07/21 - With just ONE week to go we have added some fantastic new rewards. A practise journal, practise notepad and reward stickers, an additional t-shirt and tote bag design AND our mugs and CHOCOLATE!
Our practise journal will look something like this and will include lots of great tips and exercises to keep you motivated and build confidence in your playing as well as pages for songwriting and journalling.
We are also really excited to have collaborated on our practice notepad artwork with another illustrator Rose Gordon. This is aimed more at children but can be used by anyone!
We are also delighted to have collaborated with 'Ukulele Chocolate' a family run business in Northern Ireland. You can get your hands on one of our mugs and some yummy chocolate buttons!! Choose from 2 designs.
What is The London Ukulele Project?
The London Ukulele Project is a Community Interest Company whose aim is to use the ukulele to help combat loneliness and promote wellbeing. Research shows that relationships are built faster and stronger if they are founded on a shared experience.
As well as running our own classes we support schools, teachers and community leaders by donating ukuleles and helping to provide tuition. Since its beginnings in December 2018 the LUP has donated over 200 ukuleles to schools and community groups across London and to the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Wandsworth.
What are you supporting?
- Schools - The donation of nine sets of thirty ukuleles to 5 schools in London and 4 schools in Glasgow......... A total of 270 ukuleles!
- More Community classes – The donation of sets of ukuleles and the provision of trusted ukulele teachers to enable classes to be run by community groups in North London, Berkshire and Glasgow ie. enabling Age UK in Bromley and in Greenwich to run ukulele beginner classes for the carers of their clients who have Dementia.
- More SEND settings – The donation of more ukuleles to Community groups who work with adults and children identified as having additional needs.
- Parent for Baby Classes in South West and North London – Becoming a parent, especially for the first time, can be an anxious and overwhelming time. Running classes to teach parents how to play soothing, calming tunes is beneficial to both parent and new-born baby.
- Universities - In recent studies 17–22-year-olds were identified as feeling the most isolated age group. To help combat this we will: Set up Ukulele societies on campus in 3 universities - 2 in London and 1 in Glasgow. Donate ukuleles to university Libraries allowing students to 'check' out a ukulele, as they would a book.
- Teachers Workshops – to help us to launch our teachers workshops and gain CPD accreditation.
- Art Awards – to help us professionally design our own booklets to advise and support schools and teachers on using ukulele and singing to achieve Discover and Explore Art Awards.
A visual of what you are supporting:
Some examples of our work so far:
Lesley has been part of a folk group meeting weekly to sing. This was her community until she was diagnosed with Spasmodic dysphonia a condition that causes the voice box to vibrate making it difficult to talk and, most devastatingly for Lesley, to sing. After a 6-week beginners ukulele course, run by us for Age UK Richmond, she found a new voice. She now has the confidence to play with her folk group again. She also has another club to attend and many more ukulele playing friends!
Genesis is 6 years old and has autism. He is an extremely talented musician and artist. Through the London Ukulele Project Genesis is working on an Explore Arts Award, which is an entry level arts qualification. We meet weekly via Zoom thanks to Otakar Kraus Music Trust. He has made loads of friends in the group even though they have never met in person. His mother Sandra sent this photo to me with the caption 'Just an image of Happiness when he plays his ukulele'
This wonderful card was made by the Year 5's at The Russell School in Richmond. We donated a set of ukuleles to them in 2019 and they have just recorded a video for us as part of the Ukulele Festival of Hawaii. Our aim with schools is to build a long-term relationship by including them in events or challenges and helping teachers by providing our fun and engaging easy to use resources. So far we have donated nearly 300 ukuleles to 13 schools across London.
Meet the Team
Hello! I'm Tara Maysey, founder of The London Ukulele Project CIC, music teacher, mother and people enthusiast. I am also a qualified Arts Award Advisor. I have been teaching ukulele for 9 years to students from 3-87 years-old and have witnessed first-hand the strong friendships that grow through learning to play the instrument. As well as teaching in a primary school, I run a ukulele group and beginner classes for Age UK Richmond. The group has performed at local fairs and events and even at the prestigious Half Moon pub in Putney. I also run classes via Zoom for the Otakar Krauss Music Trust, working with children and young adults with additional needs. The LUP is currently funding and supporting a group of them to work towards the Explore Arts Awards.
Hello! I am Sarah Farren, I am delighted to have become the newest member of the Ukulele Project. I cannot wait to continue the amazing work already being carried out in London, but up here in sunny Scotland!I am a passionate ukulele teacher in Glasgow, I work with Village Music in East Kilbride as their ukulele tutor and I also work with schools and local communities in spreading the ukulele love! What excites me most about joining the Ukulele Project is being able to share my passion for teaching and love of music with others in a way that will benefit our wellbeing, and contribute to a more joyful society!
Justine Abri-Hodder has experienced first-hand the wonders of the ukulele and its ability to build communities having built her own when she started playing the ukulele during the first lockdown. She has fully embraced the ukulele world and has an amazing following on Instagram due to her wonderful playing and bubbly personality. Justine is hoping to run some classes in Berkshire and is helping us with our social media.
Paul Mansell is a ukulele teacher, composer and extremely talented ukulele player. Paul has released three successful books 'Classical Uke' 'Ukulele School' and together with Tony Mizen '2Kulele'. He has also released an album 'Me, My Ukulele and I'
Paul has approached ukulele players from all over the world to write a piece for the instrument which he has put together in a book 'First Ukulele Pieces'. The fantastic artists that have contributed include: James Hill, Sam Muir, Colin Tribe, Tony Mizen, Donald Bousted, Matthew Quilliam, Laurence Diehl, Mark Witney, Jim Beloff, Choan Galvez, Mike Haysom, Roland Prakken, Matt Stead, Phil Doleman, Mike Holland, Arden Fujiwara, Stephen Godsall, Giovanni Albini, Christopher Davies Shannon, Matt Warnes, Sally Carter, Morgana Creely, Cathy Welsford, Mika Kane, Fabrizio Nastari, Elisabeth Pfeiffer, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Lindsay Higgs and Paul himself!
Now is your opportunity to pre-order a LIMITED EDITION copy with 5 additional pieces! You can also pre-order the book as a downloadable pdf at a reduced price of only £9!
We are extremely grateful that all of the profits from the sale of the book and pdf will come to us.
Mona and Roly Pope are dedicated students and volunteers. This photograph was taken at Waterloo Station where we busk every Christmas to fulfil our aim of bringing people together and raise money for charities.
Arianne Belfield is 11 years old and an accomplished ukulele player. She is also an extremely talented artist. We asked Arianne what playing the ukulele meant to her and to express it in a piece of artwork which will be the design for our 2021 merchandise. We absolutely LOVE what she came up with and with the help of Nadia Farronato, a graphic designer (who designed our logo) we think it all looks FANTASTIC!
We have rewards in return for your donation from £5-£500
For INTERNATIONAL shipping please add the requested amount as a donation at the checkout. Unfortunately this is the only option available to us! Thank you
These are photos of what the merchandise items will look like.
'Music Makes Me Feel?' Tote Bags £10
'Music Makes Me Feel?' T-shirts £20
Thank you so much for taking the time to read all about the London Ukulele Project, most importantly, thank you so much for your support!