Ukulele strikes chord with kids

Children at Thorne Brooke Primary School enjoy a ukelele session with Steven Sproat, who is considered to be the UK's finest player. Picture: Liz Mockler D9938LM
Children at Thorne Brooke Primary School enjoy a ukelele session with Steven Sproat, who is considered to be the UK's finest player. Picture: Liz Mockler D9938LM

It may not be as popular as playing the guitar these days - but the ukulele has really struck a chord with youngsters at one Doncaster school.

For budding George Formbys from Thorne Brook Primary are enjoying stringing together popular tunes on their own colourful instruments in a fun new club.

Tens of pupils, aged between eight and 11, have even been given a lesson by Steven Sproat, one of the country’s top ukulele exponents, who has been impressed by their interest in the four-stringed object.

David Beedall, office manager at the school in Wike Gate Road, Thorne, began playing the instrument three years ago before deciding to start the club in September.

He said: “The idea was to get the children interested in music and play music in a simplistic manner.

“The ukulele is something they can strum along to and sing along to very easily.

“I hoped a few kids would turn up - but they are flying through the door. They love it.”