Events

​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.

Highlights of our spring programme are the return of the ever-popular series Bengal to Bethnal Green to Rich Mix on the second Sunday of every month, and the launch of an extraordinary new project Song of Contagion...

Sunday April 10th, 4.00pm - 5.30pm - Bengal to Bethnal Green
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.

Saturday April 23rd, 10.00am - 5.00pm - Song of Contagion (launch event)
Graeae Theatre Studios, 138 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DY - free
This is a unique opportunity to be in at the very beginning and help develop an extraordinary new project, which will culminate in a show at the Hackney Empire early in 2017. Full details can be found here. See also Saturday May 7th.

Monday May 2nd, 4.00pm - Bengali artists with the GU Youth Orchestra
Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA - admission free
Artists from Bengal to Bethnal Green and members of GUYO - both popular regular features of the Rich Mix programme - come together in a special event to celebrate the venue's 10th anniversary. 

Saturday May 7th, 10.00am - 5.00pm - Song of Contagion (music workshop)
Hall, St Margaret’s House, 15-17 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PL - free
The second open workshop in the Song of Contagion programme is devoted to creating musical elements matching factors that shape our attitudes to disease. More details can be found here.

Sunday May 8th, 4.00pm - 5.30pm - Bengal to Bethnal Green
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.

Sunday June 12th, 7.00pm - Bengal to Bethnal Green Gala Finale! 
Brady Arts Centre, 192-196 Hanbury Street, London E1 5HU    £6/£3 concs
To conclude the current series of Bengal to Bethnal Green concerts, Yousuf Ali Khan brings together a star-studded cast of Bengali singers in special musical arrangements featuring also Grand Union's much-loved musicians,

Grand Union musicians regularly visit  Bangladesh  Here is a link to a short documentary of one of our previous visits, working with Bengali artists.

Friday June 24th, 7.00pm - Trading Roots
Assembly Hall, Royal Hospital School, Ipswich      tickets £10/£7
Box Office: 01473 433100. More information here:
http://www.royalhospitalschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/RHS-Music-Programme-201516.pdf

Friday July 8th, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, 8.30pm - Jelly Roll Soul!
Vortex Jazz Club, Gillett Square, London N16    admission £15
Grand Union musicians celebrate the legacy of Jelly Roll Morton, who died 75 years ago this weekend. But don't expect a nostalgic tribute evening - it's very much about the melting pot that is the East End today, like New Orleans was 100 years ago, with music making a modern journey from China and South Asia, through West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to the Mississippi Delta...

 MEANWHILE, OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS...

The undoubted highlight of the autumn was the remarkable success of Undream'd Shores in the Great Hall, Leeds University. More productions are planned, but this was 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.

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