The Mercury newspaper, Hobart, Tasmania reported on the 15th of March, 1929 (the Ides of March — beware already) that composer, pianist, conductor and teacher, Arthur Benjamin played ukelele and liked it.
At last we have discovered a man who is a musician, and who is not ashamed to play the much maligned ukelele. This outstanding figure in musical circles is Arthur Benjamin, pianist and composer, and the winner of the Carnegie prize in London for a composition for a string quartet. He was encored six times when he played with Sir Henry Wood’s orchestra. That should show anybody that he is a musician. When interviewed today, he admitted without a blush that he liked the ukelele, and played it into the bargain. No doubt such a confession brings joy to the hearts of those who have no aspirations but jazz, and who are heartily sick of having it dinned into them that jazz has no element of music at all.
I hope that Arthur knew that you can play any music on a uke, even something that’s not jazz.