Musicians

​Members of the Grand Union Youth Orchestra range in age from about 12-26, and play a broad range of instruments from many cultures.

Regular GUYO members range in age from 12 to 26, 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.

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, saxophones, trumpet, French horn, trombone, harmonium, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, congas, djembe, Latin percussion, kit drums
…though not all may appear at every event!

In this short video, musicians from the Youth Orchestra talk about themselves and why GUYO is important to them...

...and here, in an interview recorded at the 2018 Summer School, drummer Cassius Cobbson, talks about his experience with the Grand Union Youth Orchestra, which he joined in 2014 when he was 14 years old.

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