Welcome to The Sum Of the Parts (Music)
The Home of Ukulele Orchestras in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
Ukestras are held Mondays mornings and nights, Wednesday nights, Thursday nights, Saturday and Sunday mornings!
Choirs are held on Wednesday nights (6.30-8pm) and Friday afternoons (4-5.30pm).
We are keeping our zookestras running on Monday nights for those that need to stay home.
Click on the below links to see the repertoire for each ukestra.
Monday mornings (Fingal Bay) 10:30am -12:30pm
Monday nights (Carrington BC) 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday nights (Cricketers Arms Hotel, Cooks Hill) 6-8pm
Thursday nights (Carrington BC) 7:00-9:00pm
Saturday mornings (Carrington BC) 10:00am-12:00pm
Sunday mornings (Carrington BC) 10:00am-12:00pm
Feel free to join any of our Zookestras. Just click on the links above to get to the webpages for each class. Normal uketen fees apply.
We now run six weekly Ukestras (ukulele orchestras) and two choirs for all ages in the Lower Hunter. ‘We’ are Mark and Jane, and friends and co-workers – John Wallace, and Ruth McCrae. Every month there is also a beginners ukulele workshop, with a Newkestra on Saturday and Sunday mornings which teach the basics of ukulele musicianship.
Every week of the year (except maybe Christmas) The Sum of The Parts (Music) helps around 200 people (adults and kids) to make music and learn, together. Why do we do this? Because people need music in their lives, they need it to be fun, and people need to connect in healthy social situations and spaces. We help make this happen.
In 2017 we also started our incredibly popular One Song Sing – once a month, learn one song, in three part harmony, in one hour. We have resumed these in 2023 and will be holding this event more regularly. Watch this space!
We hope to play music with you one day (and help you learn! and connect up with others) ….
Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart
…making music part of your life…
Watch our video filmed February 2020 by Groovy Banana. It features many of our ukestrans (of all ages) from Port Stephens, Newcastle City and Lake Macquarie.