Events

​Grand Union's priority is live performance, and since 1982 we have toured regularly - and continue to tour - throughout the whole of the UK and to many parts of Europe and the rest of the world.

For work with young  musicians, see also GUYO performances and GUYO workshops pages, and Projects for other activities.
For  opportunities for intergenerational participation, see the pages for Grand Union Voices and Band Off The Wall.
For our international work, go to Grand Union Abroad.

OUR SPRING/SUMMER PROGRAMME WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MAY

Our major achievement - and a completely new departure - over the challenging last few months has been to produce a remarkable film, Honouring Mujib, which you can see here:

Honouring Mujib was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's Declaration of Independence on March 26th 1971. The film is built around excerpts from a Grand Union concert in March 2020 for what would have been the 100th birthday of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, known as the 'Father of the Nation', performed by Grand Union and Bengali artists led by Lucy Rahman, singing songs by her father, Sheikh Luthfur Rahman - not only a well-known singer himself, but a tireless activist in the cause of independence.

It goes on to tell the story of the War in dramatic songs and music by Tony Haynes and Bengali writers compiled from Grand Union shows at London's Hackney Empire and Wilton's Music Hall, Leeds' West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Brick Lane Mela outdoor festival; there is also some colourful footage of Grand Union visits to Dhaka in Bangladesh.

This is the beginning of an ongoing programme which will culminate in a show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of the War, December 16th. See our dedicated Bangladesh-UK Programme for more details and updates.

DURING SUCCESSIVE LOCKDOWNS, WE HAVE ALSO...

...published a 'bitesize' newsletter every fortnight, each covering a specific theme:

...Tony Haynes has posted regularly on his Music Blog:

...GUO musicians have produced Lockdown Live sessions weekly on YouTube; here is a selection:

...launched a new Library Channel on YouTube, as an online resource for professional or educational use.
Featuring an unimaginable range of instruments and singing styles worldwide, it brings together essentially lyric or narrative pieces from the Grand Union canon, ranging from simple arrangements of traditional music to Tony Haynes’s compositions for large-scale shows, especially those involving young musiciansThis Playlist, The Isle is Full of Noises, gives a general overview.

More Playlists group the dramatic material under other subject headings – eg ‘rivers and seas’ ‘jobs and occupations’, ‘conflict’, ‘villains and victims’ and so on. They aim primarily to inspire musical interest and creativity, but for schools they also form an imaginative way in to a range of historical topics (the slave trade, wars of independence, the Silk Road), social issues (disease, migration, inequality), world instruments and dance styles, cultural and political debate, and even languages (widely represented in GUO repertoire). 

...continued to develop our collaboration with the Bangladesh Government and High Commission in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of Bangladesh as a separate nation in 2021 (full details on our dedicated Bangladesh-UK Programme page).


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