Grand Union's priority is live performance, and since 1982 we have toured regularly - and continue to tour - throughout the whole of the UK and to many parts of Europe and the rest of the world.
DECEMBER 2016 - GRAND UNION WORLD CHOIR DATES
Saturday December 10th 12.30, Rich Mix, Shoreditch E1 6LA, admission free The Choir performs Remembering Cable Street and The Beast is Back, specially written by Tony Haynes for the Grand Union Orchestra's shows commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. Part of the launch of Journey to Justice , highlighting human rights and combatting inequality. More details here..
Saturday December 10th 7.00, The Hall, St Margaret's House, 15 & 17 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL admission free (donations welcome)
New music and old favourites from a worldwide repertoire in the delightful and informal setting of St Margaret's House and its celebrated Gallery Café.
Sunday December 11th 7.00, Rich Mix, Shoreditch E1 6LA www.richmix.org.uk
Box Office: 020 7613 7498 Tickets £6 / £3 concessions
Grand Union Youth Orchestra Winter Celebration Concert, joined by the World Choir and Bengali artists, in a programme again featuring music from the Cable Street commemoration events, and a wide range of songs and music from around the world.
REMEMBERING CABLE STREET...
October 4th marked the 80th anniversary of the notorious 'Battle of Cable Street'. Since Grand Union has always been based in East London, and took a leading role in the 70th and 75th events, we devised an ambitious and comprehensive programme to commemorate this landmark occasion, culminating in two spectacular shows: A full description of our Remembering Cable Street week-long anniversary programme can be found here, the flyer for the shows here, and more historical background on our Projects page.
... AND OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS
The climax of a busy spring/summer programme for the Orchestra and smaller groups was Jelly Roll Soul, a three-day festival of performances and workshops at London's Vortex Jazz Club. Taking as its starting point the legacy of jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton, who died 75 years ago that weekend, it celebrated the melting pot that is East London today, reminiscent of new Orleans a century ago; it also launched a new street band for Dalston, Band Off The Wall.
The undoubted highlight of the winter was the remarkable success of
Undream'd Shores in the
Great Hall, Leeds University, the first regional production of the show after its premiere at the Hackney Empire in November 2014. It featured the University Music School's 60-strong orchestra and 40-strong choir together with sitars, santoors, dilrubas, tabla and dhol from SAA-uk's Academy of Indian Music.
A video of extracts from the performances are currently being edited; here are excerpts from the original:
See songs from Undream'd Shores and highlights from the show
An account of Grand Union's other achievements during 2015 can be found here. Following a very busy and successful first half of the year - including Mil e Uma Mares in Portugal (video here), our highly original take on the BBC Ten Pieces in Cambridge, and the culmination of our EU-funded project in The Isle is Full of Noises (a ground-breaking two-week festival in East London) - Grand Union finished the summer with its annual residential Summer School.