​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.

(For Grand Union Youth Orchestra events, see also GUYO performances and GUYO workshops pages, and Projects for other activities)


Thursday June 23rd, 7.00pm - Trading Roots 
The Roof Garden, Cross Rail Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AR 
        admission  free Musicians as below, in a unique programme combining ancient Chinese court music, Bengali folk song and classical Indian ragas with West African drumming and chant and ska and calypso from the Caribbean

Friday June 24th, 7.00pm - Trading Roots
Assembly Hall, Royal Hospital School, Ipswich      tickets £10/£7 
With Zhu Xiao Meng, gu zheng (Chinese harp), Shahadat Hossein Khan (sarod), Yousuf Ali Khan (tabla), Daniel Louis (steel pan), Claude Deppa (trumpet, African drums), Louise Elliott (flute, tenor saxophone), Tony Haynes (piano, trombone) and Andres Lafone (bass guitar) - the modern legacy of the old Silk Road. 
Box Office: 01473 433100. More information here:

Friday July 8th, Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th, 8.30pm - Jelly Roll Soul
Vortex Jazz Club, Gillett Square, London N16    admission £15
Booking details: or call 020 7254 4097
Across three remarkable nights, Grand Union musicians celebrate the legacy of Jelly Roll Morton, who died 75 years ago this weekend. But this is no nostalgic 'mouldy fig' tribute event - it's very much about the melting pot that is East London today, reminiscent of New Orleans 100 years ago, with music evoking a modern journey from China and South Asia, through West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to the Mississippi Delta...

There are also open workshops (free admission), including the launch of a new street band for Dalston (Band Off The Wall) and a Grand Union Youth Orchestra masterclass.

Outline schedule:
Friday July 8th - Bengal Tiger, Shanghai Dragon (book here)
Saturday July 9th (2.30-5.30): street band workshop  
Saturday July 9th: From African Shores to the New World (book here)   
Sunday July 10th (10.30-1.30): masterclass in African drumming and chant  
Sunday July 10th: The Diamond King and the Voodoo Queen (book here)

Full details of the residency can be found on the flyer  here
and Band Off The Wall  here


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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