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

Dates announced for 2015!

We start the year with an unusual spread of events throughout February, March and April.

Undream’d Shores – a huge success!

Hackney Empire show ‘best ever’ – read the reviews and audience responses.

The Isle Is Full Of Noises

Grand Union rounds off its EU-funded project with an unusual event in April.

Summer School

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

World Jazz Festival

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

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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