Grand Union's priority is live performance, and over the last 25 years we have toured all over the UK and to many parts of the world.

Winter Season 2014

Grand Union’s main preoccupation throughout 2014 is an ambitious international project with partner companies in Franceand Portugal, supported by a substantial grant from the Euorpean Union Culture Fund. It culminates in a new show Undream’d Shores at the Hackney Empire Theatre, November 1st to 3rd. More details – including performances in Portugaland France – will be announced as they are confirmed.

In preparation for this show, Wilton’s Music Hall has very generously given us the use of the Hall for a series of creative workshops Saturday 15th to Saturday 22nd February. The full programme appears here. Participation is by invitation only – please email or phone us if you would like to attend one of the sessions or come to the final presentation.

Meanwhile the ever-popular Bengal to Bethnal Green, directed by tabla maestro Yousuf Ali Khan and showcasing the best of Bengali music and culture in East London, returns for a second season of monthly Sunday afternoons at Rich Mix. February 9th, March 9th, April 13th.

London – Bengal to Bethnal Green

9th February, 9th March, 13th April

Rich Mix Arts Centre, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA | 020 7613 7498 | Free Admission

Highlights of 2013

Trading Roots performances:

  • Colchester, Arts Centre
  • Cambridge, West Road Concert Hall
  • London, Rich Mix Arts Centre
  • Southampton, Turner Sims Concert Hall
  • Setúbal, Music Festival
  • Lisbon, Museu do Oriente
  • London, Wilton’s Music Hall
  • Alès, Fête de la Musique
  • Birmingham, mac Arena
  • Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall
  • Liverpool, Capstone Theatre

Music Untamed - Hackney Empire Theatre

On the Edge – four-day world jazz festival, Wilton’s Music Hall

Grand Union Orchestra 2012

  • Liberation and Remembrance – Hackney Empire (London Jazz Festival)
  • The Golden Highway – Hackney Empire (London 2012 Festival)
  • What the River Sings – Trinity Buoy Wharf (BBC Music Nation Festival)
  • 11.11.11 – Hackney Empire (Remembrance Day event)
  • Battle of Cable Street – Wilton’s Music Hall (75th anniversary commemoration)
  • If Paradise – Queen Elizabeth Hall (also CD launch based on Radio 3 broadcast)

Latest Reviews

Current shows

For full details of our available shows, the latest line-up of the Grand Union Orchestra and our current Learning and Participation programme, go to press and bookings.

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Latest news

Bengal to Bethnal Green

A new series of this popular monthly programme returns to Rich Mix.

Undream’d Shores

Preparations for a new Hackney Empire spectacular in the autumn begin with a creative workshop programme at Wilton’s Music Hall.

World Jazz Festival

Great review of On the Edge at Wilton’s Music Hall.

RIP Vladimir Vega

An appreciation of the life and work of one of GUO’s most loved and valued musicians.

European project launch

Supported by a European Union Culture Fund grant, our project got off to a great start with partners in Portugal and France.

Supported by the European Cultural Foundation
For regular updates of Gathering, Travelling – Grand Union’s ECF-funded project in collaboration with partners in Portugal and France – please click here.
Supported by the Arts Council England
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