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.
Following a very busy and successful first half of 2015 - 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), and the triumphant conclusion of the latest series of Bengal to Bethnal Green - Grand Union has just come to the end of a well-earned summer break, with only the Summer School.to interrupt it.
Our main preoccupation for the autumn is a spectacular new production of Undream'd Shores in Leeds at the end of November. Here are details of the programme confirmed so far.
Sunday November 1st, 11.00am and 2:00pm - The Isle is Full of Noises
Bangladeshi Centre, Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 5AN - free
Events devised for the national Family Arts Festival - Instrument Menagerie (drop in, 11.00-1.00) and Family Concert (2.00-3.00).
Full details here
Sunday November 8th, 8:00pm - Bengal Tiger, Shanghai Dragon
Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG - £15/£12
Grand Union brings its popular Indian/Chinese collaboration to the London International Arts Festival, featuring gu zheng (Chinese harp) virtuoso Zhu Xiao Meng with Carnatic violinist Jyotsna Srikanth and tabla maestro Yousuf Ali Khan
Sunday November 29th, 3:00pm & 7:30pm - Undream'd Shores
Great Hall, Leeds University, Leeds LS2 9JT - £12/£10, students/under 16s free
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 here
Sunday December 13th, 7.30pm - GUYO Winter Celebration
Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA - £6/£4 concessions
The Grand Union Youth Orchestra's traditional celebration of its year's work, with music created in the Summer School, and guest young musicians from our projects in Essex and Cambridgeshire
...and looking further ahead:
Following the visit of sarod virtuoso Shahadat Hossein Khan in June, Grand Union has been invited to return to Bangladesh in January 2016, to perform with Shahadat and other musicians and singers. Here is a link to a short documentary of one of our previous visits, when we met and worked with him and other distinguished Bengali artists.