Claude Deppa

South Africa. Trumpet, percussion

Claude came to England with his family from South Africa when he was about 12 years old. In London he built on his boyhood experience as a brass band trumpeter and drummer, and as a founder member of the Jazz Warriors he developed into one the UK’s most influential jazz musicians. He has been with the Grand Union Orchestra since 1984, and is well known for his work with other expatriate South African bands – e.g. Julian Bahula, Louis Moholo/Viva La Black and Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath. He also directs and composes for his own bands Horns Unlimited and African Jazz Allstars. Claude is an inspirational teacher and workshop leader, and as well as being a key member of the Grand Union workshop team, he runs the brass section of Kinetika (young musicians from across London who perform music for carnival processions).

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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

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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