Uke all the rage in Belco

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THE ukulele is all the rage, and Belconnen Community Centre knows it.

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According to Community Engagement and Public Relations Manager at BCS (and “CityNews” theatre reviewer) Simone Penkethman, classes in the uke have been particularly popular with older people, some of whom are quite socially isolated and find it to be a great outlet.

She needs a few more people to join the centre’s Spring classes in the instrument, and assures us that the ukulele is fun, easy to play, inexpensive, highly portable instrument and a great introduction to music.

BCS’s ‘Beginner Ukulele Group’ on Thursdays from 1pm – 2:15pm is suitable for beginners over the age of 10. Participants will learn elementary music theory, basic chords, strumming and picking patterns and a collection of easy, popular songs.

‘Ukulele Empire’ on Tuesdays 5:30 – 6:45 and Thursdays 2:30-3:30 is run by an experienced teacher and is for anyone who wants to play ukulele socially  and meet new people. Participants are should have either completed BCS’s beginner classes or have an existing basic proficiency.

The Beginner Ukulele Group next course runs from October 22 – December 10. Cost: $100 for 8 sessions. ‘Ukulele Empire’ costs $100 for 10 class pass or casual visit for $12 (pre-payment essential) Enrolment forms and payment facilitates from Belconnen Community Centre reception 9am-4pm Monday to Friday or over the phone using credit card on 6264 0200. Enrolment forms at

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