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Kitty Lux: Co-founder of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain dies aged 59

Laura  Barnes
Kitty Lux: Co-founder of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain dies aged 59

The co-founder of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB), Kitty Lux, has sadly passed away at the age of 59.

Started in 1985, the musical ensemble, which featured ukuleles in different registers, has said to be largely responsible for the instrument’s revived popularity in the UK.

Born Marian Lux, Kitty attended Mary Datchelor school in Camberwell, south-east London, before studying fine art at Leeds University.

After graduation, she composed songs for, and sang with numerous post-punk band such as Sheeny and the Goys, the Sirens and more.
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Lux co-founded the UOGB with George Hinchcliff, playing and singing music from a variety of musical genres, all on the ukulele.

Since 1985, the orchestra has performed in many venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, and Glastonbury Festival.

Lux retired from public performance with the Ukulele Orchestra after suffering a stroke in 2015. She passed away on July 16th 2017 after suffering from chronic health problems

Lux is survived by her partner, Deryk Surman, her father, and her brother, Howard.

Read the Guardian’s full obituary for Kitty Lux here.

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