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Grand Union Orchestra presents

Bengal to Bethnal Green

Sunday 4 March
Main Space

In a nutshell

The first of this year's shows, directed by tabla maestro Yousuf Ali Khan, features the charismatic singer Kawsar Habib. This series of immensely popular free events, bringing together local Bengali artists with musicians from the Grand Union Orchestra.

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The Grand Union Orchestra tours nationally and internationally, but has always been  based in East London. The regular Bengal to Bethnal Green programme therefore has a special place in its heart! Tabla maestro Yousuf Ali Khan – a much valued GUO member for over 25 years – is hugely popular in the local community, and brings the cream of local Bengali artists to perform in these shows. What makes them different is that they are supported by Grand Union musicians from other parts of the world – Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean – so traditional Bengali song and light classical ragas mingle with West African drumming and chant, reggae and calypso, salsa and samba.

What to Expect

Bengali songs and South Asian classical music both in traditional form, and combined with elements of African, Caribbean and South American music, performed by musicians expert in them – and a correspondingly mixed and highly enthusiastic audience.

Who's Involved

Yousuf Ali Khan (tabla) 
Mahamaya Shil (singer) 
Alaur Rahman (singer) 
Louise Elliott (flute/tenor sax) 
Gerry Hunt (guitar/bass) 
Claude Deppa (trumpet/congas)
Carlos Fuentes (drums)

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'It is very important to Grand Union to produce cross-generational work in Tower Hamlets that reflects the diversity of the Borough and has a broad appeal to local residents.  ‘Bengal to Bethnal Green’ would not be possible without the generosity and commitment of Rich Mix.'

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Things you should know

Latecomers welcome at venues discretion

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Event times

Sun 4 March


Sun 6 May