The Grand Union Orchestra has been the acknowledged pioneer and leading exponent of cross-cultural music making in the UK for over 30 years. Once memorably described as 'making cultural diversity an art-form', it continues to blaze a trail unrivalled by any other organisation.
In the light of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, it is more important than ever to bring people of all ages and cultures together to create work that reflects and responds to our country's ever-growing diversity, creating unity and healing division.
Here are two short examples of how we contribute to that - from a large-scale show at London's Hackney Empire, and a concert with 300 school musicians:
THE GRAND UNION ORCHESTRA AT A GLANCE...
- Large-scale shows with adult and student participation – eg Undream’d Shores
- Performances by the 18-strong Grand Union Orchestra – various programmes
- Performances by smaller groups – Trading Roots
- Concerts and other events for families – The Isle is Full of Noises
- Practical creative workshops for young musicians – Music Untamed
- Hands-on activities for children – Instrument Menagerie
- Singers from many different cultures worldwide with highly individual vocal styles
- Virtuoso players of instruments from all major global musical traditions
- Charismatic jazz soloists and powerful big-band brass and saxes
- International rhythm section and glorious panoply of percussion and drums
- World choir, youth orchestra and student string ensemble
A musical profile at a glance can be found on our
In this 25-minute documentary made during the Grand Union Orchestra's performance of If Paradise at the Spitalfields Festival in 2008, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, our musicians and singers talk about their involvement in the Company and its music:
Throughout these pages you will see a huge range of shows, projects and educational activities that can be custom-tailored to almost any occasion or need!