Sussex Ukulele Club

THE SUSSEX UKULELE CLUB

We don’t only farm here, we love music too. Aside from Pete and Claire running the odd music event, Claire Nicolson, partner of Peter Bourner, also teaches adults the ukulele. Claire helps run the farm and river camp is also a very talented singer/songwriter and great all round musician. Having been singing and playing all over the world for the last 20 years she likes to keep it all a bit more local these days and enjoys playing gigs in Hastings Old Town and the odd full band show and has found that she “ain’t too bad at teaching”. Sam Brown, who Claire used to sing backing vocals for all sorts of well known bands and runs The Fabulous Ukulele Club thought Claire would be good at teaching the uke too. Claire’s mother was a music teacher and sure enough it turns out that she’s great at it.
She runs beginners / intermediate and advanced courses, here on the farm in our Hot House and in Hastings upstairs at The Jenny Lind.
See full details below.

The idea is to learn 1 or 2 songs a week, and then we give a small performance for our family and friends on, or shortly after, the last session. You will also have access to an online dropbox folder where you will find all the the music we’re learning and recordings from the class to practice.

THE COURSES

4 WEEK BEGINNERS COURSES £80

6 WEEK CONTINUATION COURSES – £80

10 WEEK INTERMEDIATE COURSES – £160

10 WEEK INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSES – £160

WHERE

HOOE AND HASTINGS

HOOE

TUESDAYS 

*The Hot House
New Barn Farm, Top Road, Hooe, Battle. TN33 9HQ
6.30pm – 8pm
  • * TUESDAYS – 4 WEEK BEGINNERS £80
APRIL – 17th / 24th
May  – 1st / 8th
*6 week Continuation course – £80
​May – 15th / 22nd / 29th
JUNE – 5th / 12th / 19th

HASTINGS

Thursdays 

THE JENNY LIND PUB

69, High St, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3EW.
Thursdays beginners – 6.30pm – 8pm.
*4 week beginners course – £80
April
12th / 19th / 26th
MAY – 3RD
*6 Week Continuation £80
MAY – 10th /  17th / 24th / 31st

June  – 7th / 14th

PAYMENT
I would prefer full payment in advance of the course, on or after the first lesson. You can either pay by transfer, paypal, cheque or cash. If you pay cash please put it in an envelope with your name on it. If you would prefer to pay weekly, i’m sure we can sort something out, please contact me. Details below. Thank you!
Claire Nicolson – Tel: 07874109267  – Email – info@sussexukeclub.com

TESTIMONIALS

“Claire Nicolson is expert at what she does – turning complete beginners into dedicated ukulele strummers. A wonderful musician, an inspiring teacher, an all-round terrific person.”  – Marcy Kahan

“Claire is a very engaging and very unique person.  She is an extremely talented musician and knows exactly how to fill her students’ minds with enthusiasm and courage – albeit we are at different levels of knowledge and accomplishment..  Somehow Claire has the gift of being able to pull us all together – playing and singing ukulele songs we never thought we’d be able to – with a lot of fun and laughter on the way. I personally I cannot recommend her classes more highly. I have been attending now for nearly a year and it’s changed my life – is the highlight of my week” – Fiona Sandilands.

Claire is a genius teacher – so patient when our mangled efforts at chords and timing would make a lesser teacher throw us all out. Not only that, but she encourages us to make even more of a mess of things!” – Ian Strathcarron

 “Claire’s ukulele club is the most fun thing that happens in my week. She has the most delightful manner and is very musical, too. I’ve been on other uke courses but this is the best one.” Sally Ann Lasson

“I like the friendly atmosphere, the chance to learn in an easy going way, to sing and play what you enjoy and the fact that there is usually a performance at the end. Great leader too, of course! ” Jill Schrodel

 “Claire has made learning and playing the ukulele easy and immense fun. Her knowledge of the instrument, the best music for it, and skill that enables novices to zoom in their proficiency is remarkable. Everything is professionally run, but in a way that is seamless and all part of her magical way of passing on the joys of the instrument.” – Harry Lyon Smith