We've had some fun themes for our Musical Bites since they first began. On 10 October 2015 we held our first Ukulele Workshop which was a great popular success. Sue Snell brought along 35 Ukuleles, some people brought their own and we had a mix of beginners and those who had played Ukulele before for the free workshop. About 21 people told us in advance they were coming (via Eventbrite) and others turned up on the day, with 34 people playing. Sue guided everyone through the different chords and soon had the whole group playing and singing together.
There was a continuous flow of people dropping in to listen and eat cake. The informal nature of the Musical Bites means that people don't worry about chatting quietly while there is music going on at the other end of the church and they clap when pieces are performed. This creates a warm, appreciative and relaxed atmosphere.
Earlier in the week I had been challenged by a couple of people who follow the @SMSG_organ twitter account to make a Ukulele cake because it happened to be #NationalCakeWeek (and it was the week of Great British Bake Off Final) so I took up the challenge and created a chocolate Ukulele shaped cake. It seemed to go down well. The other cake makers had as usual surpassed themselves with their baking so we had a delicious range of choice to tempt people.
Feedback from one of our volunteers: "I thought the whole morning was delightful, lots of different people, who not only had a good time but said they would like to come again. One lady with two year old twins added her email address and said she very much enjoyed the informal morning which enabled her and the family to enjoy the music whilst not worrying too much about how much noise the children made. In fact an excellent morning made even better by the wonderful cake makers."
Another volunteer reported: "I thought it was a great morning - lots of thanks as people left ...at least one person is going to buy her own ukulele as a result".
Several people asked us when we would run another Ukulele workshop, so it seems this theme was definitely one to try again.
We raised £169 from refreshments at the Musical Bite for the Organ Project. I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped, everyone who baked cakes and all those who participated in the workshop or came to enjoy the music and refreshments.
Photos of this fun Ukulele workshop (and those cakes) can be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/albums/72157660133435452