Over 30 musicians from all parts of the world regularly perform with the Grand Union Orchestra. All are leading exponents of their particular musical art and internationally-known in their own fields.
Our musicians appear in various ensembles to suit different occasions or venues.
Our musicians are drawn upon to form ensembles as our programme requires:
- The Grand Union Orchestra has a core of our rhythm section, brass/reeds ensemble and jazz soloists and other artists as the situation demands.
- The Grand Union Band is very flexible! For example we use Caribbean, Latin and African musicians for Carnival-type programmes or Indian and Bangladeshi musicians for melas.
We also run our own world music Youth Orchestra.
Our core of musicians chanegs as we discover new talent and respond to new commissions and artistic demands:
China | voice
Bangladesh | voice, harmonium
Caribbean English | voice
Guinea Bissau | voice, kora
England | voice, tenor saxophone
Chile | voice, panpipes, charango
England | voice, piano
Bangladesh | voice
India | sitar, dilruba
Yousuf Ali Khan
Bangladesh | tabla, dholak
China | pipa, gu zheng
Ghana | African drums
Trinidad | steel pan, bongos
Ghana | alto/baritone saxophones
England | soprano/alto saxophones
Australia | tenor saxophone, flute
South Africa | trumpet, percussion
Sri Lanka/Scotland | sopranotrumpet, flugelhorn, cello
England | trumpet, flugelhorn
England | trombone, tenor horn
Wales | trombone, piccolo
England | trombone, piano, dijeridu
England | tuba, bass trombone
England | guitar, saxophones
Mozambique | guitar, voice
Uruguay | bass guitar
Portugal | percussion
South Africa | drums, voice