Summer School 2017

SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 - click here for details
Monday 31st July to Thursday 3rd August 2017
Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross, London SE14 6NW
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Our fantastic Summer School returns for the fourth year running. Building on the immense success of our three previous Summer Schools, 2017 promises to be even bigger and better than ever.

To give you a taste of the music you will play and hear at the summer school, here are two clips from previous summer schools...


...and in this short video, students on last year's Summer School course (Oundle School, Peterborough) describe their experience:


Open to young musicians aged 12-21, this is a unique opportunity to learn about world music and improvisation first hand from internationally-renowned musicians born and brought up in all major musical traditions worldwide.

Grand Union Orchestra musicians are not only acclaimed artists in their own right, they are also highly experienced teachers and workshop leaders. Under the general direction of Shanti Jayasinha and Grand Union’s founder composer/director Tony Haynes, the course will be led by these musicians, who have worked together as Grand Union’s core performers for many years.

Musician-tutors, the exact content of the course, the full programme and the schedule are still being finalised, but the course will follow broadly the same pattern as in previous years (the 2016 course is described here).


What’s in it for me?


Who’s it for? 

Young musicians of secondary school age and up (12-21) interested in learning about music from other parts of the world, and/or who play a non-European instrument. The cost will be £180 (£150 if booked by 26th May). Bursaries are available.

How do I apply? 

Click here for details on our last Summer School (2016).

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

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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.

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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

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Band Off The Wall

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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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