Grand Union Orchestra

There is no musical organisation on the planet quite like the Grand Union Orchestra. For nearly 40 years, we have brought together artists born or brought up in all major musical traditions worldwide to create spectacular live shows, combining music and theatre to reflect vividly the society we live in today.

RAISE THE BANNER!

WE GO LIVE AGAIN WITH A JOYOUS, FESTIVE PROGRAMME IN EAST LONDON

Nonetheless, it pulls no punches, and could aptly be subtitled
Dissent, Protest and Resistance
as it also commemorates a number of significant historical anniversaries

OUR EVENTS AND YOUTH ORCHESTRA PAGES
explain the apparent contradictions! 

Earlier this year, we produced this extraordinary music film to commemorate this 50th anniversary year of the independence of Bangladesh:


Our Autumn programme includes:

In this sequence of 20 pieces 'The Isle is Full of Noises' , for example,  hundreds of young musicians take a journey around the world in the company of musicians and their instruments from every imaginable global musical tradition:

               

Advocacy of justice and equality has also always been central to our art, as in this powerful piece in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement:


GRAND UNION IS AN EXTRAORDINARY ORGANISATION, IN EFFECT SEVERAL COMPANIES IN ONE, COVERING...

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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 is very much at odds with itself,  let's remind ourselves of all that's good and positive in multicultural Britain today, and the benefits of living in a society shaped by migration:

               

"The man that hath no music in himself,
      Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds
           Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils;
                Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music."

 SHAKESPEARE (The Merchant of Venice)

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