Quorn Ukulele Orchestra meets every Thursday evening 7.00 to 8.30 pm in the Baptist Church Hall, Meeting Street, Quorn. New strummers of any standard are always welcome, indeed absolute beginners are offered a free one-hour introductory lesson. All members pay a small weekly charge to cover the cost of hiring the room.
In line with our charitable ambitions, the QUO plays for worthy events and good causes. If the event is raising money for a particular charity we are happy to play in support of that charity. If no charity is nominated by the event organisers we ask for a donation/collection in support of our nominated charities.
All enquiries please by email to the Bob Parks Orchestra Secretary (see below).
We play music from all eras over the last 100 years and in lots of styles including pop, folk, country and traditional. We try very much to reflect the preferences of the members and everyone has the opportunity to introduce the kind of music they enjoy.
Our repertoire includes songs of varying degrees of complexity, some very simple and some more challenging. Our hope is that all members will progress and improve as players and feel that they can make at least some contribution to every song.
We provide all the music you need as downloadable pdf files. We also provide all members with a complete printed Songbook of 125 songs and medleys. Some members choose to play directly from a tablet
We communicate by email- updates to songs, news of gigs, minutes of committee meetings, changes of plan all come by email.
Fancy joining us? A recent newcomer wrote: “What a boiling cauldron of music and singing it was tonight. We never expected it to be such a seething frantic pulsating outpouring of bursting at the seams music. It was tremendous fun.”
You can download an an application form here QUO Membership Form
A Busy Run up to christmas
QUO will be performing at various venues in the village and elsewhere in November and December. Please see the Gigs and Bookings page for full details.
Quorn royal BritIsh Legion Concert.
We played alongside the Leicestershire and Rutland Pipe Band and the Serenade Choir at the launch of the Quorn British Legion 2019 Poppy Appeal concert. Our setlist included many songs of the 1940s with which the audience enthusiastically sang along.
Rainbows hospice open day
We were honoured to be asked to play in the music garden at Rainbows Open Day on the 21st September. We had a great turnout of strummers and a very appreciative audience. A great session.
Quorn Food and Craft Trail
We played two sets at the Quorn Food and Craft Trail on September 2nd, raising over £100 for our three partner charities thanks to the generosity of the organisers and the people of Quorn.
Alzheimer’s society fundraising BBQ
A very BIG thanks to all who attended Liz and Ann’s BBQ on Saturday. The event raised just short of £1,600 for the Alzheimer’s Charity with about £780 being raised on the day which was DOUBLED by Liz and her friend Sam’s Company’s, who also provided many of the higher value raffle prizes. Our bucket collected £45 which, when doubled, gave them £90.
It is hoped to make this an annual event and there was a hint that it could favour our local charities on another occasion.
QUORN OPEN GARDENS
We performed sets in five different gardens, concluding with a barbecue.
Quorn May Day Festival
QUO is a community group of local people who make music for local people, and it was with great pride and pleasure that we performed two sets of songs at the Festival on May 6th. The audience were warm and appreciative, and the band really enjoyed themselves. The generosity of the audience was such that £206 was placed in our bucket or donated for Our Sponsored Charities
We played two sets at the vale of belvoir machinErY group hog roast on 11th june
The Hog Roast was a great night for the machinery group and for QUO. We gave them two sets of our best playing and had them dancing in the aisles; they gave us a Hog Roast supper and invited us back next year!
GREAT REMPSTONE STEAM COUNTRY SHOW
We were delighted to be asked to perform three sets at the Steam Show on July 14th. Our playing here, along with that at the Hog Roast, raised over £300 for our partner charities.
Next practice night is at the baptist church Thursday 7th November at 19.00. Next masterclass is Also 7th November at 18.15. Please note all november practice nights are preceded by a master class at 6.15. December Practice nights On 5th and 12th are preceded by ‘Beginners’ Pluck’ at 6.15. The practice night on 19th December is replaced by a concert in the Baptist Church.