Performances

AUTUMN PROGRAMME 2019

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!

OCTOBER

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.

NOVEMBER

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)

DECEMBER

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.

SUMMER PROGRAMME 2019 just completed- flyer here

The summer programme took 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. This will continue and develop

MAY

Tuesday 28th – All Points East Festival, Victoria Park
Grand Union Youth Orchestra – first performance of the summer season!

Friday 31st – Grand Union Re:Generation Band, Poplar Union
The first of a series of free Friday night gigs featuring GUO Second Generation musicians (with members of GUYO), developing their own material.

JUNE

Friday 21st, 7.00pm – Grand Union Re:Generation Band, Poplar
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 – St Paul’s Way Festival, St Paul’s Way School
Grand Union Youth Orchestra/Re:Generation Band with guest musicians sarod virtuoso Shahadat Hossein Khan from Bangladesh, and Yousuf Ali Khan, tabla

JULY

Friday 26th – Grand Union Re:Generation Band, Poplar Union

The last in the current series of free Friday night gigs featuring GUO Second Generation and GUYO musicians

Thursday August 1st - Summer School performance
Writtle University College, 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.

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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