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":

               

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