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.
Our spring programme is currently being completed and will be announced in full shortly. Already confirmed is a spectacular show, Music Untamed, at Croydon's Fairfield Halls in March, and the return of the ever-popular series Bengal to Bethnal Green to Rich Mix on the second Sunday of every month:
Thursday March 10th, 7.00pm - Music Untamed
Croydon, Fairfield Halls | tickets £8, £10 / concessions £4, £6
Box office: 020 8688 9291 | www.fairfield.co.uk
Musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra are joined by over 300 of Croydon’s finest young musicians for an exhilarating, exuberant and colourful performance in which music from East and South Asia, Africa, Latin-America and the Caribbean meets music from the European tradition.
Bengal to Bethnal Green
Sundays February 13th / March 14th / April 10th / May 8th, 4.00pm - 5.30pm Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA - admission free
Directed by Grand Union's internationally-renowned tabla virtuoso Yousuf Ali Khan, featuring popular local Bengali artists with musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra, in music based on Bengali songs both in traditional form and combined with other musical cultures and contemporary styles, reflecting the wide variety of music in London's East End today.
Grand Union musicians regularly visit Bangladesh Here is a link to a short documentary of one of our previous visits, working with Bengali artists.
Meanwhile, it is worth remembering the undoubted highlight of the autumn - the remarkable success of Undream'd Shores in Leeds at the end of November - for which more UK productions are planned over the next few years.
Sunday November 29th, 3:00pm & 7:30pm - Undream'd Shores
Great Hall, Leeds University, Leeds LS2 9JT - £12/£10, students/under 16s free
Box office: 0113 343 2585 | info/book here for 3.00 show or 7.30 show
The first regional production of the show after its premiere at the Hackney Empire in November 2014, featuring 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.
See songs from Undream'd Shores and highlights from the show
AND EARLIER LAST YEAR...
An account of Grand Union's 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.