Brian Abrahams

South Africa. Drums

By the time he settled in England in 1975, Brian had already played with the great American singer Sarah Vaughan as well as accompanied Nancy Wilson when she toured in South Africa. Once in the UK, he soon started playing with some of South Africa’s most celebrated pioneers of jazz such as Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana and Johnny Dyani. Brian joined Grand Union in 1992, by which time he had founded his own group with some younger South African musicians called “”District Six”. Brian has worked with some of the finest including “The John Taylor Quintet”, Ronnie Scott, Courtney Pine and Ed Jones and has recorded many albums as well as appeared on numerous TV and Radio broadcasts. He has come to be regarded as one of the most influential drummers in England, besides a well-renowned teacher and major figure in world music with the ability to teach many styles of drumming and improvisation to all ages and abilities.

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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

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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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