Past projects

Instrument Menagerie and Family Concerts

The first instrument menagerie took place on the final day of Undream’d Shores performances at the Hackney Empire as part of the national Family Arts Festival. It was designed for young families and was a tangible, visual introduction to all the different musical instruments that they would encounter in the family matinee performance of Undream’d Shores that would follow. The menagerie and family concerts have been regularly replicated in many parts of the UK ever since.

Music Untamed

Music Untamed gives a chance to older children to get involved with the rarity and wildness of Grand Union and its musics, adding workshops to the menagerie and family performance through which young people and their families can see every possible side to the Grand Union Orchestra. Better still, they can be involved in massive events like this one in Croydon's Fairfield Halls (March 2016):

What the River Sings (2012)

As part of the BBC's Music Nation Weekend, the Grand Union Youth Orchestra takes to the stage of Trinity Buoy Wharf to perform alongside the Grand Union Orchestra, the Water City Festival Orchestra and East London choirs in a very special show, devised by Tony Haynes and based around Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

On Liberation Street (2005-7)

On Liberation Street, was given its premiere performances at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds November 12th. It was enormously successful, combining the majesty of Where the Rivers Meet and the visceral energy of Doctor Carnival with a new passion and intensity, and raising the cross-cultural participatory show to an ever-higher level of professional polish and artistic quality. It included a wide range of young people from different cultural and musical backgrounds with small ensembles of various musical difficulties.

7 minutes of breathtaking excerpts from On Liberation Street at the Hackney Empire Theatre, March 2009, featuring the Grand Union Orchestra and an astonishing array of guest performers from across East London.

Latest News

Huge success of Song of Contagion!

Fantastic audience responses to the recent shows Wilton's Music Hall

New BBC interview

Director Tony Haynes talks to Jimoke Fashola about this week's premiere of Song of Contagion. Skip to 02.52.04 to listen.

Song of Contagion promo video released

Featuring a taste of the music you will hear in our spectacular new show and interviews from the musicians involved

Booking opens for Song of Contagion!

Wilton's Music Hall, June 13th to 17th: tickets now on sale for our spectacular new show

Dates announced for 2017 Summer School

Our fourth annual Summer School runs from July 31st to August 3rd, Goldsmiths College, South London.

Exciting plans unveiled for 2017!

GUO's programme for the new year includes a brand new show at Wilton's Music Hall and a return to Portugal.

Remembering Cable Street

Video of The Beast is Back by Tony Haynes, recorded at the GUO commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street in October

High praise for GUO music education project

Read about Music Untamed at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, supported by the Mayor's Music Fund

Band Off The Wall

Inspired by the Peace Mural at Dalston Junction, Grand Union has launched a new street band for Hackney

GUO tracks are now available online...

Grand Union CDs and individual numbers can now be streamed from Spotify or bought from iTunes

Full-length DVD of Undream'd Shores

A DVD of the acclaimed Hackney Empire production is now available from the GUO online shop.

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