Members of the Grand Union Youth Orchestra range in age from about 14-25, and play a broad range of instruments for many cultures.
Regular GUYO members range in age from 12 to 25, although in exceptional circumstances we do take younger players. Their (or their families’) countries of origin include Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, India, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, South Africa, East Africa and China as well as East End born and bred.
In this short video, musicians from the Youth Orchestra talk about themselves and why GUYO is important to them:
The range of instruments they play is equally wide, so in a typical Grand Union Youth Orchestra performance you are likely to hear:
saz, ney, oud, sitar, sarangi, Indian violin, tabla, dholak, dhol, panpipes steel pan, marimba. vibraphone, concert harp, violin, cello, double bass flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, harmonium guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, congas, djembe, Latin percussion, kit drums
…though not all may appear at every event!