The Next Generation

Grand Union takes pride in nurturing young musicians through a variety of initiatives, including collaborations with Music Hubs, the Grand Union Youth Orchestra, an annual residential  Summer School and an apprenticeship / training scheme for emerging professionals - Grand Union Second Generation Orchestra.

Our vision is set out in this feature in the online journal Music Education UK

The first short video, illustrated by extracts from the Youth Orchestra's annual Winter Concert at Rich Mix (December 2019) lays out clearly our approach to working with young musicians; in the second (filmed at our 2019 annual residential Summer School) the young musicians themselves explain why they value it so highly:


These same principles apply when our work with young musicians is translated into larger-scale projects - eg Grand Union's own participatory projects, or commissioned by music hubs. Here are two contrasting examples (each about 10 minutes long) of what remarkably original work can be achieved:


Opportunities we offer young musicians beyond the formal education sector can be found on our Youth Orchestra and Summer School pages.

The influential education journal published an in-depth article on Grand Union's work with young musicians in its June 2019 issue here.        

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