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Grand Union Orchestra: Bengal, Bhangra and the Blues Workshops

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Calling all 12-19 year olds who love music and want the chance to perform with an all-star orchestra!

Once again, we will be hosting another round of Grand Union workshops for local young people during the February half term.

Young musicians are invited to join renowned tabla maestro, Yousuf Ali Khan, in these free music workshops, this time focusing on the music of the Asian sub-continent – including Bengali songs, bhangra and classical ragas, combined with other contemporary styles like reggae, salsa and jazz. Musicians then have the opportunity to join the Grand Union Orchestra in a performance on Friday 22 February at Poplar Union. Find out more here.

About the workshops

Young musicians who play piano, brass, percussion, drums, guitar, bass, woodwind, strings or any other instrument, will work with Grand Union orchestra towards a live performance on Friday 22 February. You don’t need to have a great deal of musical experience; those with more experience will be soloists and improvisors, the less experienced will be mentored throughout the process and will learn to play the tunes by ear or by following a simple lead sheet/chart. There will also be the opportunity for participants to be part of the percussion section if they are less confident on their instrument.

Grand Union Orchestra offers a completely different style to teaching to ones normally associated with orchestras. It is built on ideas of experimentation rather than limitation, never sticking to one genre, pioneering vision of cross-cultural music-making.

Where do the workshops take place?

Workshop 1:

Wednesday 20 February at Spotlight (E14 6GN) at 12.20pm-4pm 

Workshop 2:

Thursday 21 February at Poplar Union (E14 6TL) at 12.30pm-4pm

Workshop 3 & Performance

Friday 22 February at Poplar Union (E14 6TL) at 4pm-6pm
This rehearsal session will be followed by the big performance which will start at 7.30pm.

Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions in preparation for the performance, however, if they can’t attend both workshops they’re still welcome to attend those they can.

How do you sign up?

If you’re interested or know someone who is, just give us a call and we will sign you up! Easy!

You can also book you’re free place online.

About Grand Union Orchestra

Grand Union is a unique, multicultural, intergenerational orchestra that also champions the virtues of education and social cohesion besides musical excellence.

Under visionary composer/director Tony Haynes, and recognised as one of the leading exponents of cross-cultural music making in the UK, their work at Poplar Union and Spotlight leads on from an exciting summer of workshops and performances across East London.

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Next date: Wed 20 February 12.30pm-4pm

Free
Age range: 11-19

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