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Grand Union Orchestra: Trading Roots Workshops

Grand Union Orchestra, Trading Roots, Poplar Union, Workshops, 12-18 year olds, free music workshops, music, community, Spotlight, East London, instrumental workshops,
Grand Union Orchestra, Trading Roots, Poplar Union, Workshops, 12-18 year olds, free music workshops, music, community, Spotlight, East London, instrumental workshops,

Calling all 12-18 year olds who love music and want the chance to perform with an all-star orchestra!

To celebrate the musical roots that link Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Grand Union Orchestra is offering free instrumental workshops to learn, explore and develop musical techniques from these cultures.

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 Saturday 27 October. 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.

The idea is that the young people who attend the workshops will be preparing for a live show on the Saturday night. They are therefore encouraged to attend all sessions – however, if they can’t attend them all they’re still welcome to attend those they can.

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:

Tuesday 23 October at Spotlight (E14 6GN) at 1pm-5pm 

Workshop 2:

Thursday 25 October at Poplar Union (E14 6TL) at 1pm-5pm

Workshop 3:

Saturday 27 October at Poplar Union (E14 6TL) at 4pm-6pm 

This last workshop will be a rehearsal session before the big performance that night with Grand Union Orchestra! Find out more here.

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.

Grand Union Orchestra, Trading Roots, Poplar Union, Workshops, 12-18 year olds, free music workshops, music, community, Spotlight, East London, instrumental workshops,

Grand Union Orchestra, Trading Roots, Poplar Union, Workshops, 12-18 year olds, free music workshops, music, community, Spotlight, East London, instrumental workshops,

Grand Union Orchestra, Trading Roots, Poplar Union, Workshops, 12-18 year olds, free music workshops, music, community, Spotlight, East London, instrumental workshops,


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