Grand Union Orchestra

There is no musical organisation on the planet quite like the Grand Union Orchestra. For over 30 years, we have brought together glorious singers and stunning instrumentalists from all over the world to create spectacular live shows, combining music and theatre and reflecting vividly the society we live in today.


Over 6 performances, Song of Contagion drew great audiences, and was widely acclaimed as the Company's best show yet. The response was extraordinarily emotional, perhaps reflecting the current sombre public mood - a sense of uncertainty and concern for inequality and injustice - but above all a common humanity. Here is a random selection from over 300 comments: 

“Ridiculous amount of talent among the musicians.”
  “You should tour Europe. It was awesome and inspiring.”
  “A tonic for our times. Brilliant, moving and very groovy.”
     "I really enjoyed the musical diversity, the different moods it brought to us and (cherry on the cake) the fantastic venue.”
"What a great spirit we have in London - mullticulturalism at its best.”
         “Made me feel enlivened, privileged, lucky and blind to injustice.”
    "A superb evening, not only because of the astonishing music but the extraordinary message."
"This show is mesmerising, incredibly energetic, gracious and moving; I loved the mix of ethnicities, instruments and of course the background story."
"A musical triumph and also managed to convey some really serious points about the discrepancy between the prevalence of disease and the amount of spending on its prevention. In the week of the Grenfell Towers fire, it was very poignant to understand that the suffering of the poor does not get top attention from governments and the elites unless forcibly brought to their attention."
    "I felt uplifted by the performances, excited by the rhythms, engaged by the vocalists, intrigued by the concept. Left the theatre feeling that I'd seen and participated in a very unique performance which gave food for further thought"
"First time I've heard Grand Union. A revelation! Fantastic, it's what London is about.Joyful, marvellous."

Song of Contagion will be fully documented in due course, with a full-length video available in September, and excerpts and updates posted in the meantime. We are intending to revive the show and tour it throughout 2018 - please contact us for details. 

GRAND UNION'S work falls into six main strands


Our core musicians and singers introduce themselves in this 6-minute video, describe the Orchestra's music and why it is important to them, and can be seen in action in 20 minutes of exhilarating highlights from Undream'd Shores: 


At a time when our society seems in danger of tearing itself apart, we need music and the arts more than ever. So let's remind ourselves of all that's good and positive in multicultural Britain today, and some of the benefits of living in a society shaped by migration:


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Latest News

Huge success of Song of Contagion!

Fantastic audience responses to the recent shows Wilton's Music Hall

New BBC interview

Director Tony Haynes talks to Jimoke Fashola about this week's premiere of Song of Contagion. Skip to 02.52.04 to listen.

Song of Contagion promo video released

Featuring a taste of the music you will hear in our spectacular new show and interviews from the musicians involved

Booking opens for Song of Contagion!

Wilton's Music Hall, June 13th to 17th: tickets now on sale for our spectacular new show

Dates announced for 2017 Summer School

Our fourth annual Summer School runs from July 31st to August 3rd, Goldsmiths College, South London.

Exciting plans unveiled for 2017!

GUO's programme for the new year includes a brand new show at Wilton's Music Hall and a return to Portugal.

Remembering Cable Street

Video of The Beast is Back by Tony Haynes, recorded at the GUO commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street in October

High praise for GUO music education project

Read about Music Untamed at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, supported by the Mayor's Music Fund

Band Off The Wall

Inspired by the Peace Mural at Dalston Junction, Grand Union has launched a new street band for Hackney

GUO tracks are now available online...

Grand Union CDs and individual numbers can now be streamed from Spotify or bought from iTunes

Full-length DVD of Undream'd Shores

A DVD of the acclaimed Hackney Empire production is now available from the GUO online shop.

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