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Witty, quirky, and irreverent, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to bring an unforgettable evening

Formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, the orchestra’s first gig was an instant sell out, and the musicians have been performing ever since. By 1988 they had released an album, appeared on BBC TV, played at the WOMAD festival, and recorded a BBC Radio 1 session.

The orchestra has given thousands of sold-out concerts across the world, recently performed sell-out shows at the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The Ukulele Orchestra’s music has been used in films, plays, and commercials, while film clips of its live concerts and TV appearances have been watched millions of times online. Collaborators have included Madness, David Arnold, the British Film Institute, the Ministry of Sound, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and the Kaiser Chiefs.

This performance is supported in part by gifts from Dr. Charles Y. Davis and Mrs. Carole C. Davis and Mr. Edwin H. Talley and Mrs. Melinda P. Talley.

Related events

The Belview Elementary School Ukulele Club performs prior to the performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Moss Arts Center’s Cube. Led by music teacher Natalie Gibbs, the club was founded in 2014 to give students a chance to further their music education experience in a fun and positive atmosphere. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.


Tickets for the performance are $25-$65 for general audience and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center’s box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours. 

Venue and parking information

The performance will be held in the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. Convenient parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street and in downtown Blacksburg. Find more parking details online.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Jamie Wiggert at least 10 days prior to the event at 540-231-5300 or email wiggertj@vt.edu during regular business hours.