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Why support Grand Union?

For 30 years the Grand Union Orchestra (GUO) has been the acknowledged pioneer and leading exponent of cross-cultural music-making in the UK.

As a charity GUO operates a year round participation programme led by its professional musicians from around the world, bringing a unique, cross-cultural, authentic dimension to its work.

Each tailored session takes place in a variety of settings including schools, community and youth centres. Sessions are based on different styles of world music such as African, Chinese, Latin and Indian, all of which are fused with jazz and improvisation.

For more information and to register to become a Friend of Grand Union, download our Friend of Grand Union Info sheet and return to a member of Grand Union staff or post: 15b St Margaret’s House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL / or email:

You can also complete our online form here

Alternatively, if you would like to make a one off donation please get in touch. All support is welcome!

Corporate Sponsorship

If you’re looking to fulfill your corporate responsibilities, Grand Union Orchestra would be happy to hear from you! Whether you’re a business in East London or further afield, we love to discuss potential new partnerships. Please email for more details.  

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