About Us

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...

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A musical profile at a glance can be found on our Music page




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!

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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