Projects

Grand Union excels at spectacular shows featuring professional performers, but we also produce similar work with amateur and student performers, often custom-tailored to local needs, and including participatory workshops and education activities.

HOXTON AND SHOREDITCH COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA

HERE IS THE FLYER FOR THE LAUNCH EVENTS, JULY 14TH & 21ST

Our latest large-scale participatory project has been commissioned through Hackney Council’s Shoreditch and Hoxton Arts Fund, created from a levy on developers to support arts and culture programmes that bring different communities together. Launched with some informal open air workshops, it will continue with more formal sessions through the autumn 2021, and culminate in public performances in Spring 2022. Here are the basic conditions:

Outline schedule (Covid permitting)

Project leaders

GUO is well-known for bringing together musicians from all over the world, many of them first generation migrants, acclaimed internationally in their own right, now UK citizens and living in London. They are also charismatic workshop leaders who delight in passing on their skills and enthusiasm. They include:

What will it sound like?

The Grand Union has always been based in East London, and whatever its national or international touring commitments it has always produced projects locally that involve local people, and reflect their lives and experience. Here is a brief snapshot of one of our classic shows at the Hackney Empire:https://youtu.be/_0vUm26wBck

… AND DUST OFF THAT INSTRUMENT LYING AROUND FORGOTTEN IN THE ATTIC!

A variety of other such projects past and present are listed below. Many provide a useful model or template that can be replicated or developed elsewhere with similar participants or to suit different local circumstances and conditions.

GRAND UNION VOICES (originally World Choir) and BAND OFF THE WALL (street band) - other inter-generational participation projects in North/East London.

YOUTH ORCHESTRA
GUYO celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2021. and is still going strong!

BENGAL TO BETHNAL GREEN
A monthly series of performances featuring Bengali artists.

MUSIC UNTAMED
A performance project for young musicians exploring music from around the world.

THE ISLE IS FULL OF NOISES
Introducing children and families to the musicians of the Grand Union Orchestra and their instruments.

PROJECTS ABROAD
.We have toured many of our shows, and replicated these projects in France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Australia and elsewhere.

Details of SONG OF CONTAGION, a project funded by the Wellcome Trust, can be found on our Shows page.

...and of our flagship participatory show UNDREAM'D SHORES

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