Plucked in Their Prime

FACE THE MUSIC: Who knew ukeleles could be so cool?

Cecil Sharp house in London's leafy Regent's Park is nobody's idea of a fashionable venue. The spartan headquarters of the English Folk Dance and Song Society is home to such curiosities as tabor-drum workshops and Morris-dancing classes.

Not a place, then, where one would expect to encounter Anna Wintour, the editor of American Vogue, especially not at the height of London Fashion Week. Yet Wintour, along with New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art's top brass, had an assignation there with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. So entertaining was the performance that Wintour was even seen to...

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