OK, time to come clean. This learning the uke lark is not just a chance to look like a prize idiot in public but a cunning piece of investigative journalism. When the BBC launched the ukulele prom, director Roger Wright said: ‘We hope that beginners and experts alike will enjoy this rare chance to play along with extraordinary Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. I've already started learning and hope to join in on the night!’
Was this a piece of shameless hype, or was the director really sitting up at night trying to get his fingers round a G major chord?
That was the question that people were stopping me in the street to ask. As the editor of a highly respected music magazine, I was charged with getting to the truth.
Since the director kindly invites music hacks and other hangers-on to share his box for a Prom of their choice during the season, I thought I would choose the ukulele prom. Cue dramatic music: the box is full that night, came the reply - the first time this has ever happened - followed by a press office assurance that in fact the director will not be entertaining at all that evening. Curious, or what?
Worry not, our crack team of uke-playing sleuths will get to the bottom of this.