Grand Union Orchestra

There is no musical organisation on the planet quite like the Grand Union Orchestra. For over 30 years, we have brought together singers and instrumentalists from all over the world to create spectacular live shows, combining music and theatre to reflect vividly the society we live in today.

THE ISLE IS FULL OF NOISES

Many Grand Union musicians and singers are first-generation migrants. As well as inspiring Tony Haynes's gloriously original music for the Orchestra, they have unique skills and experience to pass on to the second and future generations. This has always been an important part of our artistic practice, and we are making it a central feature of all our work for 2018-2019.

GRAND UNION'S WORK FALLS INTO SIX MAIN STRANDS

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Our core musicians and singers introduce themselves in this 6-minute video, describe the Orchestra's music and why it is important to them, and can be seen in action in 20 minutes of exhilarating highlights from Undream'd Shores: 

               

At a time when our society seems in danger of tearing itself apart, we need music and the arts more than ever. So let's remind ourselves of all that's good and positive in multicultural Britain today, and some of the benefits of living in a society shaped by migration:

               

“Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises,

Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.

Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments

Will hum about mine ears, and sometimes voices…”

CALIBAN (Shakespeare/The Tempest)

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