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The uber-uke-tastic Lightly Strung Orchestra (LSO) is a performance ukulele ensemble founded in 2013 by Janine Shearer for players of all levels of proficiency, from advanced beginners to intermediate and advanced shredders!

Our motley crew of joyful ukesters meets weekly to play, sing and improve their ukulele techniques through regular participation in structured, multi-part musical arrangements. 

We are super proud to have reached our 10th anniversary in March 2023 and have put together an anniversary album here.

The music we arrange for the LSO aims to cater for all levels and all ukes including soprano, concert, tenor and baritone (plus U-Bass). The benefits of joining the LSO include improving your current playing ability through the continuous development of new skills and techniques, but most importantly, making music with like minded people in a fun, supportive ukulele community.


So, if you have been wondering “what”s next?” in your ukulele journey, and you're committed to learning, the LSO may just be the musical outlet you're looking for! 

If you're searching for more of a casual opportunity to play for fun without the commitment, then our monthly Uke-A-Holics Anonymous Sing & Strum Socials may suit you better. 

LSO at the Newkulele Festival 2022jpg


Soprano, concert, tenor and baritone uke players are all welcome to join the LSO at the beginning of every term. You must already have playing experience (even if limited) or completed a foundation level ukulele course at an Advanced Beginner level to join the LSO. (Please note, our ensemble is NOT for absolute beginners).

Whilst everyone in the LSO learns the same music, ukulele techniques and chord vocabulary, intermediate and advanced participants are offered more challenging strumming patterns, chord options and finger picking parts. 

No matter what level you are at, you will be supported to develop at your own pace.


A typical session offers participants:

  • Expert tuition in ukulele techniques, music theory and performance skills. 

  • Diverse sessions that aim to meet the needs of different skill levels in the group

  • A relaxed and supportive environment for you to learn and have fun!

  • Plenty of performance opportunities, including solo and lead vocal/instrumental parts for those who wish to push themselves a little bit further.

The LSO also performs at a variety of local events and gigs further afield including Ukulele Festivals and concerts in collaboration with visiting artists. Not to mention our love of dress up parties!


As a member of the LSO, you will receive:

  • Access to specially prepared arrangements and practise notes for songs spanning a wide range of genres from classical, blues, jazz, soul, pop and even sea shanties!

  • MP3 recordings (download to your phone or laptop, put on your MP3 player/iPod)

  • Extra pre-gig rehearsals throughout the term if required

  • Plenty of opportunities to perform for those who wish to push themselves a little bit further. Performing is a great way to advance our skills and gain mastery over techniques through focused work

  • A weekly dose of pure joy singing and playing music with a bunch of friends

  • And of course, most importantly, plenty of social opportunities to chat with tea, coffee and something delicious during our breaks!


If you answer “yes!” to all of the following questions, then the LSO is definitely for you:

  • I love playing the ukulele and meeting new people!

  • I am committed to attending as many of the rehearsals in the term that I can physically get to

  • I am committed to practising what we cover in class at home

  • I will download and practice with the audio recording tracks to help me gain confidence and mastery of new music and different parts

  • I will keep on top of the latest "versions" of music and RSVPs required for upcoming rehearsals, gigs, and events by checking my emails before all rehearsals I attend.

  • I understand that if I can’t make a rehearsal, I will need to provide at least 24 hours’ notice whenever possible.


LSO fees are charged on a term by term basis. We understand that we all have busy lives, which are constantly changing, so you only need to commit to one term at a time. 

The Full Term Pass ($300)

  • Attend up to 10 regular sessions during the term (day or night or both)

  • If you miss a session you can make it up anytime during the term by coming to both sessions during the weeks you can attend

  • Additional pre-gig rehearsals (i.e. sessions added over and above the regular LSO schedule) are included

The Half Term Pass ($200)

  • Attend up to 5 regular sessions during the term (day or night or both)

  • Great for those who will be absent during the term for travel or medical reasons but don't want to fall behind.

  • You will continue to have access to the LSO Portal including all existing and new arrangements, MP3 recordings and performance notes for repertoire and related music theory practice exercises during your absence.

  • You will not be charged a fee for any additional pre-gig rehearsals that are added during the term (i.e. sessions added over and above the regular LSO schedule)

  • Additional pre-gig rehearsals (i.e. sessions added over and above the regular LSO schedule) are included

The Unlimited Pass ($350)

  • Attend as many full LSO rehearsals as you like during the term (day and night)

  • Please note, this pass MUST be purchased when you (i) join the LSO partway through the year OR (ii) return to the LSO after a full term or more off during a calendar year, to gain access to all existing music arrangements, MP3 recordings and performance notes for repertoire and related music theory practice exercises that were issued during the year before you started.


LSO sessions will be held weekly during school terms across the Northern Beaches. Dates remaining for 2023:

Mondays from 7pm-9pm

  • Venue: Berry Hall, Tramshed Arts & Community Centre, 1395A Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen

  • Term 4: 9 October - 27 November (8 weeks)

Thursdays from 10:30am-12:30pm

  • Venue: Ellery Room, Anglican Church at 3 Frenchs Forest Rd, Seaforth

  • Term 4: 12 October - 30 November (8 weeks)

Gigs & Special Events

  • Saturday 18th November - Concert with the Northern Beaches Orchestra

  • Saturday 25th November (from 2pm) - LSO Xmas Party

  • Wednesday 6th December 2023 (10:30am-11:30am)

    • Grandfriends & Little Diggers Intergenerational Christmas Concert

    • Montgomery Theatre, RSL Anzac VIllage, Narrabeen

  • Sunday 3rd December 2023

  • Sunday 10th December 2023 from 6pm

Please note: By joining the LSO, you agree that you will not reproduce, replicate or redistribute any element of the sessions or materials provided, or content from our website or social media platforms, in part or in full for personal or commercial use. 

Making Music 4 Life

What LSO Members Say

"A magical experience being part of the wonderful LSO and the leadership, friendship and exceptional teaching of Janine and Jenny. Such a supportive group - might be motley but where else would this range of ages and at times abilities exist to work towards a single goal but in doing so enrich each other’s lives."

Kim, LSO member since 2017

LSO @ Newcastle Uke Festival
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