Grand Union Youth Orchestra
The unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO), London's pioneering world music and jazz youth ensemble, brings together young musicians aged 12 - 26 who wish to explore the world's major musical cultures. Players of non-Western instruments are particularly welcome.
DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 SUMMER SCHOOL! DETAILS HERE
GUYO tenth anniversary year
In 2017, the Grand Union Youth Orchestra celebrates its 10th birthday. We are planning a series of events and a fund-raising campaign based around this, throughout the whole year. Here is how GUYO celebrated previous anniversaries:
GUYO masterclasses or workshops take place at Rich Mix, generally on the first Sunday in each month. GUYO also performs regularly at Rich Mix, at Festivals and other events, and takes part in projects with the parent Grand Union Orchestra and World Choir.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT GUYO?
Led by top professional jazz and world-musicians from the renowned Grand Union Orchestra, GUYO offers free monthly masterclasses and workshops that explore musical styles from all over the world. Here, the next generation interprets an Indian raga and West African drumming and chant:
GUYO members’ (or their families’) countries of origin include Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, India, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, South Africa, East Africa and China as well as London born and bred. Therefore, the range of instruments they play is equally wide.
Join GUYO, no auditions, FREE OF CHARGE, and:
- Take part in regular high-profile performances
- Work alongside leading professional musicians
- Learn about world music, first hand, from experts
- Discover new instruments and develop improvisation skills
- Meet and create with like-minded young musicians
The GUYO repertoire, created and rehearsed in over 60 workshop sessions so far, is continually developing and expanding. It includes a arrangements of world music ‘standards’, original music, material adapted from Tony Haynes’s music for the Grand Union Orchestra, and contributions and compositions by the Orchestra members themselves.
Members get to perform in a varied annual programme, from open air festivals and summer carnival processions to large-scale participatory shows playing alongside the Grand Union Orchestra. Past performances have taken place in prestigious East London venues such as the Hackney Empire, Wiltons Music Hall, and Stratford Circus.
For upcoming performances, click here.