Band Off The Wall

Walking past Dalston Junction one day and seeing the Peace Carnival mural on the wall opposite the station, Tony Haynes thought what a great idea to bring the mural to life 30 years later, creating a band that would also represent how Hackney has changed in the meantime...

BAND OFF THE WALL (Dalston street band)

Grand Union was commissioned by the London Borough of Hackney to create a new community street band for Dalston. Inspired by the Hackney Peace Carnival Mural opposite Dalston Junction Station, we've called it Band Off The Wall.

The Band is acoustic and capable of playing with minimal amplification. Reflecting the social make-up of Dalston today, we are keen that it should contain the widest variety of instruments and players as possible!


Led by GUO multi-instrumentalist (life-long Hackney resident and playing baritone saxophone!) Gerry Hunt, the band meets for occasional rehearsals and gives regular performances throughout the year in the Dalston area. Members and potential recruits can also take advantage of the open workshops GUO runs from time to time, led by distinguished world musicians. More details can be found on our brilliant flyer!

To join, email or call 020 8981 1551

Trading Roots

Trading Roots brings together some the Grand Union Orchestra’s core musicians – British artists from the world’s major musical traditions, all well-known in their own right – together with some of our Second Generation 'apprentice' musicians, and opening up opportunities to performers new to the Company. As the title suggests, the aim is to create original music from sharing ideas and techniques from the musical cultures they were born and brought up in.

Trading Roots goes even further than just performances, however: the aim is to share this approach to music-making with young people, students and amateur performers as well as professionals, through an extensive outreach programme, and build an ongoing relationship with local communities.

Trading Roots workshops have two main purposes: to develop the skills and enjoyment of participants, regardless of age, level of skill or cultural backround; and to increase the breadth and understanding of audiences, particularly those who might not otherwise take part in or attend such events.

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