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More than 2,000 strummers needed to break record

A close-up of three people's hands playing ukuleles
Strumming hands at the ready... Credit: ITV Meridian

Hampshire Music Hub - a partnership led by Hampshire County Council's Music Service - is appealing for more than 2,000 players to join a bid to secure the world record for the largest ukulele ensemble.

Ukulele players of all ages and abilities are invited to sign up for the event taking place at Southampton Football Club on 18th July, from 1.30pm - 3pm.

Hampshire Music Hub wants to beat the current record of 2134 participants in a ukulele ensemble, set during the Leiland Grow Incorporated Ukulele Picnic at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse in Kanagawa, Japan in 2012.

Can you play the Ukulele?

by Derek Johnson

A Ukulele band formed by a group of music fans in a pub two years ago now has a new home. The Tunbridge Wells Ukulele Night Thing, known as TWUNTS by their friends - took to the road after the pub where they held their regular meetings was shut down.

The band has grown from strength to strength, and has even performed before a crowd of more than 5,000 people in Basingstoke. Derek Johnson reports on their journey so far.

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Strumming Along

A pub gathering set up for fans of the humble ukulele two years ago has blossomed into a full-blown touring group. The Tunbridge Wells Ukulele Night Thing has been playing gigs around the South, including a Christmas concert in their home town.

We spoke to founder member Dave Kinder and other bandmates.

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