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What The River Brings

Grand Union Orchestra

Saturday, 14 July 2018 from 19:30 to 22:00 (BST)

What The River Brings

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Grand Union Orchestra presents a spectacular evening featuring Grand Union Voices, World Choir and Youth Orchestra with guest artists.

What the River Brings celebrates the waves of migration that have shaped East London over the centuries, and continue to do so today.

With music composed and arranged by Tony Haynes, it is performed by people from those communities who have settled here – descendants of migrants, or themselves from far-off places. It tells of their experiences and stories of the East End past and present, through music and songs that conjure up the mystery of rivers and the sea, the hope and hardship of journeys, hazards and hostility faced and overcome.

Great port cities grow around trade, but they are also centres of human traffic – the endless ebb and flow of migrants who contribute not only to economic prosperity, but also to culture and artistic vitality, above all through their music.

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St John on Bethnal Green
200 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9PA Bethnal Green, London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 14 July 2018 from 19:30 to 22:00 (BST)


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Grand Union Orchestra

The Grand Union Orchestra is the acknowledged pioneer of cross-cultural music-making in Britain, bringing together world-class musicians and singers drawn from across the whole jazz and world music spectrum to tour nationally and internationally. 

Founded in 1982 long before the term world-jazz was even invented and led by visionary composer and pianist Tony Haynes, the music of Grand Union draws on many diverse musical cultures and is based around the experience of the performers themselves – many of whom have been or are descended from migrants or refugees. Tony has written over 15 major works, with lyrics contributed by writers in several different languages, most of which have been recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and subsequently released on CD.

As well as the full 18-20 strong Orchestra, Grand Union tours with smaller bands whose repertoire is based on traditional music from the musicians’ own countries of origin. These include Spirit of Carnival, the Bangla Band (popular with summer festivals and melas), and Bengal Tiger, Shanghai Dragon.

Grand Union is also well-known for its large-scale participatory projects, often specific to a particular city or community, where a core group of Grand Union musicians develops a show in conjunction with amateur performers and local cultural groups. The next such project is The Golden Highway, to be produced in collaboration with the Hackney Empire in June 2012 and thereafter presented with different participants across the whole UK.

Complementing these performance activities, Grand Union has always operated an extensive outreach programme of cross-cultural and cross-generational workshops in both formal education and informal community settings. In 2006 it established its own youth orchestra (GUYO) which is open to young musicians playing any instrument from any culture.

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