TWO West Norfolk children who are among the many dozens in the area learning to play the ukulele have won tickets to see The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain when they appear in the King’s Lynn Festival.
Alfie Rayner, 10, a pupil at Greyfriars Primary School, and Mason Muller, nine, a pupil at Howard Junior School, both in King’s Lynn, created the winning entries in a poster design competition organised by Lynn Festival.
The boys each won a pair of tickets for Ukulelescope, being staged at the Corn Exchange on Tuesday (July 26). Before the concert Alfie and Mason will be among a group of youngsters who will play their ukuleles in the foyer at the venue as the audience arrives for the event.
They will also have the chance to meet members of the Ukulele Orchestra after the performance.
Their posters and other entries are on display in the Corn Exchange.
Norfolk Music Service peripatetic teacher Jessica Berners said there had been an explosion of interest in ukulele-playing in schools in recent years. “The instrument is child-friendly and there are instant results. It is the fastest-selling instrument and makes a change from recorders.
“It gives youngsters a chance to perform and gives them self-esteem, discipline and team-work,” she said.
Alison Croose, vice-chair of Lynn Festival, said: “We want to encourage the many young people in West Norfolk who are learning to play the ukulele and to raise the profile of all the good work going on in schools to interest children in music.”