SPRING/SUMMER performances

The current workshop and master-class programme can be found on the  Workshops Page, and the latest schedule for 2017 here. The GUYO programme for Spring/Summer centres on performances exploring carnival music (Brazil and the Caribbean) and traditional music, classical ragas and talas from India and Bangladesh.

Sunday July 2nd, 7.00-9.00pm - Gala Mela
Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA - £6/£3 concessions
Box Office: 020 7613 7498

Celebrating the Baishakhi Mela with guest Bengali artists Mahamaya Shil and Delwar Hossain Dilu and the cream of GUYO Bangladeshi/Indian repertoire mixed with jazz, ska, salsa, West African rhythms and big band scores, led by Yousuf Ali Khan and Louise Elliott. Rehearsal 12.00 - 6:00pm.

Thursday August 3rd, 4:30pm – Summer School final performance
Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW - admission free 

Informal performance to general public of music created by students on the course.


Sunday April 2nd, 7.00-9.00pm - Spring Carnival
Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London

Celebrating Carnival with Caribbean and Latin-American music, featuring candomblé/maracatú specialist Ricardo Axé from Northeast Brazil. 

Sunday December 11th, 7.00pm - GUYO Winter Celebration 
Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London

The Grand Union Youth Orchestra's traditional winter celebration, this year in collaboration with Journey to Justice, Bengali artists and the GU World Choir, featuring music from our Cable Street commemoration events.

Saturday October 8th, 7.30pm - Cable Street Remembered
St John's Church, Bethnal Green, London

Performance with other local groups as part of the Battle of Cable Street 80th anniversary commemoration.

Sunday October 9th, 7.30pm - After Cable Street
Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London    

Performance with Grand Union Orchestra and World Choir, reflecting on the legacy of Cable Street.

Saturday July 9th, 6.00pm - Band Off The Wall
Dalston Festival, Gillett Square, London N16  
Open-air performance in Dalston Festival, following a workshop in the Vortex (details here) - Latin, African and township music with a contemporary New Orleans marching band flavour!

Sunday December 13th, 7.00pm - GUYO Winter Celebration
Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA
  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

Undream'd Shores, Hackney Empire
GUYO join professional GUO musicians and World Choir for a spectacular large-scale show, portraying migration in all its aspects.  See footage  here!

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