Strumming along in pefect harmony ...

The Big Strum at Rothes Halls. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
The Big Strum at Rothes Halls. Pic: Fife Photo Agency
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Hundreds of pupils descended on Rothes Halls with brightly coloured ukuleles for the second Big Strum to hit Fife.

The event followed on from last year’s successful inaugural outing and proved to be just as much of hit, much to the delight of the organisers.

Fife Council music co-ordinator Sandra Taylor said that she hadn’t expected the instrument to continue to be so popular.

She said: “We expected that the numbers might taper off slightly after last year but it’s not been the case at all.

“There are roughly the same numbers of staff and pupils involved which is amazing.”

Over 1300 pupils from across the Kingdom, including groups from Pitcoudie, Pitteuchar West, St Pauls, Tanshall, Thornton and Newcastle primaries, attended three separate sessions, and were led through a number of pre-rehearsed songs by “ukulele lady” Ann Rae, primary music specialist.

Songs performed with special uke-inspired lyrics included ‘Strum Your Uke’, ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’ and ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ where some of the teachers were cajoled into joining in on percussion.

The event was organised by Fife Youth Music Initiative with funding from the Scottish Government, via Creative Scotland and almost 40 schools took part.

Sandra added: “Pretty much all of the children involved took it up within the last year and their enthusiasm is fantastic.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the response and with the number of teachers signing up.

‘‘They all put in a lot of hard work learning the ukelele in their own time.”