The Grand Union Youth Orchestra

Grand Union Youth
Orchestra of East London

The unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra, London's pioneering world music and jazz youth ensemble, brings together young musicians aged 12 - 26 who wish to explore the world's major musical cultures, and offers them a wonderful range of artistic opportunities. Players of non-Western instruments are particularly welcome.

Join GUYO, no auditions, FREE OF CHARGE, and:

  • Take part in regular high-profile performances
  • Work alongside leading professional musicians
  • Learn about world music, first hand, from experts
  • Discover new instruments and develop improvisation skills
  • Meet and create with like-minded young musicians

Led by top professional jazz and world-musicians from the renowned Grand Union Orchestra, GUYO offers free monthly masterclasses and workshops that explore musical styles from all over the world. Each session takes place at East London's vibrant Arts Centre, Rich Mix.

Blending Indian ragas with bluesy harmony, Turkish songs with West African drumming and chant, Chinese folk tunes with reggae bass lines, GUYO perform an eclectic mix of musical styles. Bringing together an equally diverse selection of instruments, that includes steel pans, dhol, sarangi, Turkish saz, tabla, sitar, saxophones, wind and brass, violins, cellos, harp and much more, members get to perform in a varied annual programme: from open air festivals and summer carnival processions to large-scale participatory shows playing alongside the Grand Union Orchestra! For upcoming performances, click here.

GET INVOLVED! To find out how you can join this unique youth ensemble, click here.

Latest news

Summer School plans underway

We're excited to be planning for the summer school in August now applications are officially CLOSED!

Summer School deadline extended!

The deadline for applications for the Grand Union Summer School in August has now been extended to Monday 30th June.

Latest music and videos

GUYO Youth Takeover at Rich Mix August 2013

As part of the Youth Takeover project at Rich Mix, GUYO collaborated with deep:black to present a blend of music and spoken word.

Celebrating Five Years of the Grand Union Youth Orchestra

The Grand Union Youth Orchestra celebrated their fifth birthday in December 2012 with a celebratory concert at Rich Mix Arts Centre, home to their monthly masterclasses.

Latest news

Summer School plans underway

We're excited to be planning for the summer school in August now applications are officially CLOSED!

Summer School deadline extended!

The deadline for applications for the Grand Union Summer School in August has now been extended to Monday 30th June.

SUMMER SCHOOL

In August, Grand Union Orchestra is running its first ever residential summer school, at Oundle School, Peterborough. Apply today for your chance to spend 3 days learning about world music and improvisation!

Get involved

If you're a young musician living in East London, and like jazz/world music, come along and get involved!

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