The Classical Ukulele through 500 Years : Artist: Donald Bousted
Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU
4.30pm. FREE (retiring collection for Childline)
This concert is free of charge with a retiring collection for Childline, which is administered by NSPCC.
To reserve your place, please email Donald Bousted.
The ukulele is of Portuguese ancestry but it came into its own in Hawaii during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ‘Classical Ukulele’ is a term used to cover playing classical music on the ukulele, more-or-less with classical guitar technique. There have been a number of accomplished arrangers and transcribers for the classical ukulele but the most influential was John King, who transcribed J.S Bach and other composers using a particular string crossing technique which he borrowed from the Baroque guitar.
Donald says, "For me, as a former lutenist, it was the sound of the classical ukulele which got me hooked. And when I came across the wonderful arrangements by Tony Mizen of music from Medieval and Renaissance times, there was no looking back."
In his recital, Donald will play music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods as well as new music for the ukulele by Samantha Muir and Jake Shimabukuro.
Donald Bousted is a composer, guitarist, film maker and, for the past three years, a passionate advocate of the ukulele. As a guitarist, he has performed at venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. John Smiths’ Square in London and he has broadcast on Classic FM. His compositions have been performed internationally and recorded onto CD. His films have featured in gallery settings and mixed-media events and have been broadcast on Sky TV. He has lived in Norfolk since 2018 where he teaches privately through ‘Improve your Guitar Playing’ and in schools.