AUTUMN 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 the autumn explores Rhythms and Revolution, and culminates in a public performance, the annual GUYO Winter Celebration, at Rich Mix on December 3rd.

Sunday December 3rd, 7.00pm - GUYO & guests, Rhythms & Revolution
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Tickets £8/£4 concessions                                    DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE

We have chosen the theme Rhythms and Revolution for the GUYO autumn programme partly as a contribution to Rich Mix’s programme throughout 2017 commemorating the Russian revolution, but also for wholly musical reasons...

Drums and drumming have always been associated with insurgency, a means of gaining attention and gathering momentum; but rhythm can also be more subtly subversive. ..

In their masterclasses, Ghanaian master-drummer Abass Dodoo reminded us how Africans communicated secretly under the very noses of colonial rulers, and  candomble/marakatu specialist Ricardo Axe of how in northeast Brazil - and indeed throughout South America, the Caribbean and Cuba - slaves kept their old traditions, customs and religions alive through music from their native Africa; and this also eventually gave birth to jazz, the most revolutionary music of all, with its additional emphasis on improvisation.

In fact, throughout musical history – even in European classical music – rhythm has often been the driver of change, whether musical, cultural, social or political.


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 July 2nd, 7.00-9.00pm - Gala Mela
Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA - £6/£3 concessions
Celebrating Eid and the end of Ramadan 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. Click here to view images from the performance.

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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