Wukulele in October 2010 featuring a performance by pupils from Whytemead First School and international musicians. Pictures: Stephen Goodger.

International ukulele festival: Worthing hosted three-day extravaganza 11 years ago

Musicians from across the world came to Worthing 11 years ago to celebrate the ukulele. The town was buzzing as performers gave impromptu performances on the seafront, drawing many questions about the instrument and how to play it. It was all part of Wukulele, a festival organised by Worthing resident Daniela Gargiulo in October 2010.

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Year-three pupils from Whytemead First School learned a piece of music composed especially for them as part of the festival and their performance received rapturous applause. They were taught to play by Andrew Walker and spent many weeks practising in the run-up to the event. On the first day of the three-day festival, children aged seven and eight performed 60 Ukeleles for 60 Children in collaboration with songwriter Sean O’Hagan at the St Paul’s Centre. Incredibly, only two had any prior experience of playing the instrument.

The festival continued with players from all over the world performing at St Paul’s and the Assembly Hall. Daniela said at the time: “Wukulele was a great success, really well attended by performers and audiences alike. It was fantastic to see the whole town buzzing, with people stopping to play the ukulele on the seafront and others asking how to play the instrument and getting involved.”

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