This Orchestra, from its beginnings as outsiders playing an outsider instrument, 31 years ago has become an internationally renowned institution.
It has been invited to perform for the British Royal Family, at the Houses of Parliament, at the BBC Proms, the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but the performers are still heretics poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, and be amused by all the hot air.
This group, on an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and foot-tapping music. It is always doing the unexpected,whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions.
They walk on stage with only a ukulele each, and from their formal black-tie opening, proceed to tear the house down as they wow the audience and make friends everywhere. This group, the one which started the world-wide phenomenon of the Ukulele Orchestra has grown from curiosity to virtuosity, from opacity to veracity, from performers to barn-stormers.
This cavalcade of renegades, once undersized now idolised, has been transformed from Heresy to Heritage.