performances 2018

A summary of the programme so far can be found on this flyer, together with details of the 2018 workshop and master-class programme. More details can also be found on the  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.

For other performances, see also the Events page.


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


August 3rd – Summer School final performance
Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London SE14 6NW - admission free
Informal performance to general public of music created by students.

July 2nd - Gala Mela - Rich Mix
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.

April 2nd - Spring Carnival - Rich Mix
Celebrating Carnival with Caribbean and Latin-American music, featuring candomblé/maracatú specialist Ricardo Axé from Northeast Brazil. 

December 11th - GUYO Winter Celebration - Rich Mix 
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.

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