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21 November 2012

Impromptu ukulele show entertains crowds ahead of Mencap charity gig

OLLY Murs and Loveable Rogues fans took part in a ukulele flashmob yesterday evening at St John-at-Hackney Church.

The crowd participated in 30 minutes of ukulele-accompanied karaoke in the church grounds on 20 November. Unperturbed by the rain, people queued up for hours in advance of Olly's appearance at the Little Noise Sessions later that evening.

The flashmob was organised by charity Mencap to promote the mini music festival that raises money to support people with learning difficulties.

Lizzie Ipsen, 16, who donned a Loveable Rogues t-shirt for the event, said: “We chose this because we love Loveable Rogues, but also because it’s for charity. It makes it feel better.”

A group of young people from Hackney with learning difficulties led the KaraUke (a mix of karaoke and ukuleles), performing Jessie J’s Price Tag, Cee Lo Green’s Forget You and Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe.

Emma Harrison, director of campaigns for Mencap, said: “We wanted to inject a bit of fun into Little Noise.
The young people taking part just want to show people that they’re like everyone else.”

Britain’s Got Talent finalists Loveable Rogues performed What A Night and Love Sick to an enthusiastic crowd.  Samira Ahmen, 16, said: “That was amazing."

Scott Mills, a 22-year-old with learning disabilities, helped lead the singing. Afterwards he said: “It was a really good evening. Playing the ukulele is a real skill and it’s all for a very worthy cause.”

Little Noise Sessions, featuring Noah and the Whale, The Maccabees, and Amy MacDonald, continues at St John-at-Hackney Church until 25 November.

Ukulele and singing performances took place outside St John-at-Hackney Church

Ukulele and singing performances took place outside St John-at-Hackney Church

Ukulele and singing performances took place outside St John-at-Hackney Church

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