Classical Collaborations

Tony Haynes is a skilful orchestrator, and his compositions for Grand Union work well in collaboration with European classical orchestras, whether professional, amateur or student.

They range from our collaboration with the BBC Concert Orchestra in  The Golden Road, The Unforgiving Sea, commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and featuring our leading jazz and world musicians and singers, to unusual versions of the BBC Ten Pieces with the Cambridgeshire schools orchestra.

Here is how a classical work can be used imaginatively to frame Grand Union repertoire - What the River Sings for the BBC's Music Nation in 2012, based on Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade; and a piece from our re-imagining of Undream'd Shores with Leeds University orchestra and a local Indian ensemble:


The combination of improvisation with world music styles works equally well with young classical musicians, seen in these two very contrasting videos:


And two pieces evoking images of “The Golden Road, the Unforgiving Sea":


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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