Performances

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!

THE GRAND UNION RE:GENERATION BAND comprises young musicians developing a portfolio career in music who have ‘graduated’ from the Grand Union Youth Orchestra, learning workshop and performance techniques from GUO professionals, and given opportunities to create, record and stream their own music.

Both the Re:Generation Band and the Youth Orchestra give regular performances in East London venues like Rich Mix, Poplar Union, Oxford House and Summer Festivals.

The Re:Generation Band runs open jam sessions at Poplar Union on the second Thursday of the month, and a public performance on the last Friday.

AS ANNOUNCED ON OUR HOME PAGE, THE COMPANY IS TAKING A BREAK UNTIL THE MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY, WHEN WE SHALL BEGIN PREPARATIONS FOR OUR 40TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL IN MAY!

Perfomances by the GUYO and the Re:Generation Band will be important components in the 40th anniversary programme

AUTUMN HIGHLIGHTS 2021:

Thursday September 9th - open jam session
Friday September 17th - Re:Gen Band 

Thursday October 9th - open jam session
Friday October 17th - Re:Gen Band

Thursday November 9th - open jam session
Friday November 17th - Re:Gen Band

Poplar Union, 2 Cotall Street, Poplar, London E14 6TL 

Following its sensational return to Poplar Union, the Band continueD its run of live performances! But it hadn't been idle in the meantime, producing - among other things - a radio broadcast commissioned by English Heritage celebrating the East London Bengali community, its music and history; and an animated film Hard Times

GUYO's public performance was the Winter Concert in December 2019! Here are highlights from that event, and the previous concert: 

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.

                   


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