About Us

The Grand Union Orchestra is the acknowledged pioneer and leading exponent of cross-cultural music-making in the UK. Once memorably commended for 'making cultural diversity an art-form', it continues to blaze a trail unrivalled by any other organisation, characterised by its story-telling and the authentic 'lived experience' of its artists.

read this appreciative profile in
in the musicians' union journal

Many Grand Union musicians and singers are first-generation migrants. As well as inspiring Tony Haynes's gloriously original music for the Orchestra, they have unique skills and experience to pass on to the second and future generations. This has always been an important part of our artistic practice, and is a central feature of all our work.

In Britain today it is more important than ever to bring people of all ages and cultures together to create work that reflects and responds to our country's ever-widening demographic, creating unity and healing division.

Here are two short examples of how we contribute to that - from a large-scale show at London's Hackney Empire, and a concert with 300 school musicians:




A musical profile at a glance can be found on our Music page

In this 25-minute documentary made during the Grand Union Orchestra's performance of If Paradise at the Spitalfields Festival in 2008, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, our musicians and singers talk about their involvement in the Company and its music:


Throughout these pages you will see a huge range of shows, projects and educational activities that can be custom-tailored to almost any occasion or need!

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