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.
The highlight of the autumn is undoubtedly the spectacular new production of Undream'd Shores in Leeds at the end of November, but there is much besides...
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
Grand Union brings its unique 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, plus Shanti Paul Jayasinha (trumpet), Louise Elliott (tenor sax, flute) and Paul Clarvis on drums.
Read all about the show here and great review here
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
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 EARLIER THIS YEAR...
Following 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) - Grand Union finished the summer with its annual residential Summer School.
Meanwhile, the triumphant conclusion of the latest series of Bengal to Bethnal Green featured visiting sarod virtuoso Shahadat Hossein Khan from Dhaka. He invited Grand Union to return to Bangladesh early next year, to perform with him and other musicians and singers. Here is a link to a short documentary of one of our previous visits.