Performances

PERFORMANCES SUMMER 2019 - flyer here

The summer programme takes an unusual form, combining GUO Second Generation musicians (older musicians and 'graduates' from the Youth Orchestra) with GUYO members, into a new grouping, the Grand Union Re:Generation Band, developing their own repertoire.

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!

MAY

Tuesday 28th, 4.00pm – All Points East Festival
Victoria Park, Grove Rd, Bow, London E3 5TB
Grand Union Youth Orchestra – first performance of the summer season!

Friday 31st, 7.00pm – Grand Union Re:Generation Band
Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar, London E14 6TL
The first of a series of free Friday night gigs featuring GUO Second Generation musicians (with members of GUYO), developing their own material, also working in collaboration with Spoken Word artists from Spotlight, Langdon Park

JUNE

Friday 21st, 7.00pm – Grand Union Re:Generation Band
Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar, London E14 6TL
Second in the series of free Friday night gigs featuring GUO Second Generation and GUYO musicians

Sunday 23rd, time tbc – St Paul’s Way Festival
St Paul’s Way School, London E3 4FT

Grand Union Youth Orchestra/Re:Generation Band

JULY

Friday 26th, 7.00pm – Grand Union Re:Generation Band
Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar, London E14 6TL
The last in the current series of free Friday night gigs featuring GUO Second Generation and GUYO musicians

Thursday August 1st, 4.30 pm - Summer School performance
Writtle University College, Lordship Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3RR
Public performance of work created during the Summer School. For details and regular updates, go to the Summer School page

    HIGHLIGHTS 2018


During the autumn of 2018, Hackney Museum ran an exhibition Black British Music in Hackney. Our programme of workshops and performances reflected and explored this theme, and the music and history of the African and Caribbean diaspora, culminating in...

Sunday December 2nd - Trading Roots, Rich Mix

GUYO's traditional Winter Concert celebrated the legacy of Black music in East London, featuring the music or Africa and the Caribbean, explored in the Summer School and autumn workshops. Flyer here

Here is GUYO in action at that event at Rich Mix:

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.

                   


Saturday October 27th, Trading Roots
Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar, London E14 6TL
Young musicians join Grand Union musicians in an exhilarating evening celebrating Black History Month, with the music of Africa and the Caribbean. See also Workshops page.  

Tuesday May 29th, 4.15-5.00 - All Points East Festival
Victoria Park, East London E3 5TB     
Open air event celebrating music flourishing in East London

Sunday June 17th, 12.30-3.00 – Tower of London Festival
Tower of London, Wapping, London EC3 4AB

Open air performance in the Tower Moat, part of a day-long festival featuring the music of the best of young musicians and youth ensembles.

Saturday July 14th, 7.30 pm – What the River Brings
St John on Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA
Admission £8/£5 concessions
Spectacular new show with performers from across the whole of East London.

Thursday August 2nd, 4.30 pm - Summer School performance
Writtle University College, Lordship Rd, Writtle, Chelmsford CM1 3RR
For details and regular updates, go to the Summer School page.

A summary of the GUYO programme for spring and summer 2018 can be found on this flyer. More details can also be found on the Workshops Page.

HIGHLIGHTs 2017

The GUYO programme for the autumn explored Rhythms and Revolution, and culminated in a public performance, the annual GUYO Winter Celebration, at Rich Mix on December 3rd - and what a memorable climax that was...

We chose the theme for the GUYO autumn programme partly as a contribution to Rich Mix’s programme throughout 2017 commemorating the Russian revolution, but also for musical reasons – and this extraordinary performance by the young musicians certainly captured the revolutionary spirit in so many different ways!

Drums and drumming have always been associated with insurgency, but rhythm can also be more subtly subversive, as Ghanaian master-drummer Abass Dodoo and candomblé/marakatú specialist Ricardo Axé showed in their masterclasses - how Africans communicated secretly under the very noses of colonial rulers, or in northeast Brazil and the Caribbean slaves kept their old traditions, customs and religions alive through music from their native Africa…

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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