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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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Huge success of Song of Contagion!

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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!

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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.

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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

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

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