Local involvement

The Grand Union Orchestra is much in demand for its large-scale spectaculars which involve local young people, students, amateurs and folkloric groups alongside the professionals. Grand Union’s advantage is that its musicians can easily create a close rapport with people from their own community, so these shows have a warmth and energy added to their high artistic quality.

The Grand Union Youth Orchestra

The Grand Union Youth Orchestra of East London brings together musicians aged 16 to 25 from all the varied communities of the East End. This represents an extraordinary spread of cultural traditions playing an astonishing range of instruments.

Workshops and residencies

Grand Union also gives workshops and runs residencies – always concluding with a public performance – and we also act informally as trainers, mentors or offering professional development, partly compensating for a lack of provision in the public or formal sector - conservatoires, universities and colleges of music and so on.

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Latest news


Tickets on sale here for Undream’d Shores, November 1st & 2nd at the Hackney Empire. Read the full details of the show here.

Undream’d Shores

Work gets under way for Grand Union Orchestra's latest epic show at the Hackney Empire in November.

European spectaculars announced

Venues and dates for shows in France, Portugal and the UK concluding our European Union Culture Fund project have been confirmed.

Summer School

Read about Grand Union’s first ever residential Summer School for young musicians.

Undream’d Shores

Following a creative workshop programme at Wilton’s Music Hall, preparations continue for this autumn’s new Hackney Empire spectacular

World Jazz Festival

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

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Supported by the Arts Council England
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