The Isle is Full of Noises

If a musical instrument were an animal, what animal would it be? In the classical orchestra, perhaps something tame and domesticated. The Grand Union Orchestra on the other hand features rarer breeds - 'music raw in tooth and claw'!

The Isle is Full of Noises is designed for families, to give particularly younger children the opportunity to meet some of those less familiar instruments that inhabit our island today, the musicians who play them, and the styles of music they are associated with. 


 The Isle is Full of Noises has a number of component parts that explore these ideas:

The Isle is Full of Noises was originally conceived for the national Family Arts Festival, to complement our spectacular show Undream'd Shores and the music and ideas presented in it, explained fully in this brochure.

For presentation in schools or for smaller scale events, the concert element can take the form of Music in Other Lands, with typically four to six musicians.

In a further variation, this concert in turn can include local young musicians performing music created during workshops, alongside GUO musicians. 

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Huge success of Song of Contagion!

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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!

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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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High praise for GUO music education project

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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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