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

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
Youth Music