For more details, go to our EVENTS and WORKSHOPS pages.

There is only one formal public event so far confirmed for this autumn, but we hope there may be others, as they are crucial to the development of the young musicians:

Sunday 6th, 12.00 - 9.00, Rich Mix – GUYO Winter Concert
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
We are not sure yet what form this popular annual event will take, and hope to announce details in November. The likely schedule is: 12 noon to 2.30, workshop; 3.30 to 6.00, rehearsal/soundcheck; 7.00 to 9.00, performance. All regular GUYO members are welcome to take part. Flyer

Grand Union Orchestra musicians – many of them first-generation migrants – come from all parts of the globe. For many years they have been passing on their special skills in world music and improvisation to younger musicians. Now the Second Generation is ready to take flight, blending genres and styles, old and new, from the world of East London today!

Here is how performance opportunities panned out last autumn, and which we hope to replicate eventually:

OCTOBER (2019)

Saturday 26h, 7.00pm – Roots in Rhythm
Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar, London E14 6TL 
Performance featuring GUYO musicians and the Re:Generation Band. There will  open workshops on Thursday 24th (see here for details) and a rehearsal on the Saturday afternoon for those who wish to play in the performance.


Sunday 10th, 4.00pm - Bengal to Bethnal Green
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Following the GUYO masterclass on Sunday morning (more details here), GUYO members (especially the South Asian musicians) will have the opportunity to play in this edition of Bengal to Bethnal Green. Led by tabla maestro Yousuf Ali Khan, it combines Indian classical music and Bengali folk song with jazz and other world music styles (more details on Bengal to Bethnal Green here)..

Friday 15th, 7.00pm – Grand Union Re:Generation Band
Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar, London E14 6TL 
The Re:Generation Band returns with a programme of its own compositions. (This is an ongoing GUO initiative with young musicians - see note below)


Sunday 15th, 7.00pm - GUYO Winter Concert
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA 
Annual concert summing up and celebrating the year's work, from the launch of the Re:Generation Band, through great festival performances to the best ever Summer School! The evening will feature particularly music created by the young musicians during this period. The masterclass on Sunday 1st prepares for this, with rehearsals from 12 noon on the day.

Here is GUYO in action at these events:

GUYO musicians celebrate the Yoruba orissa Eleggua with West African 12/8 drumming; and pay tribute to the late Hugh Masakela in Abdullah Ibrahim’s tune Nelson Mandela.


Sunday December 3rd - GUYO & guests Rhythms & Revolution
London, Rich Mix, Shoreditch
     Here are two short video clips; photos can be found in our Winter Newsletter


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