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Grand Union Youth Orchestra presents

Grand Union Youth Orchestra Gala Mela (+ guest artists)

Sunday 2 July
From £3.00
to £6.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

In a nutshell

Grand Union Youth Orchestra celebrates Baishakhi Mela with guest Bengali artists Mahamaya Shil and Delwar Hossain Dilu

What to Expect

Celebrating Eid and the end of Ramadan with guest Bengali artists Mahamaya Shil and Delwar Hossain Dilu and the cream of GUYO Bangladeshi/Indian repertoire mixed with jazz, ska, salsa, West African rhythms and big band scores, led by Yousuf Ali Khan, Shanti Paul Jayasinha and Louise Elliott.

Who's Involved

Yousuf Ali Khan (Bangladesh) – Tabla, Dholak

Yousuf is a celebrated solo tabla virtuoso, and a devotee of Indian classical music, he is also active in teaching and composing.  He has a busy concert schedule in the UK and abroad working as a soloist and with instrumentalists, dancers and singers.  He has worked with the Grand Union since 1992.

Louise Elliot (Australia) – tenors saxophone, flute

Louise works with her own ensembles and has worked with distinguished selection of African and South American musicians.  Louise joined Grand Union in 1984. She continues to perform and develop her own work, besides becoming increasingly involved in music education as a teacher and workshop leader.

Shanti Paul Jayasinha (Sri Lanka / Scotland) – trumpet, flugelhorn, cello

Paul lives and works in London in the jazz and world music fields.  His professional career took off whilst attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama when he was the featured soloist with Kenny Wheeler on the CD ‘Walk Softly’.  He has played for such bands as Alex Wilson, Tim Garland, Monica Vasconcelos, Snowboy, Etheridge’s Zappatistas, the Brand New Heavies, Michael Garrick, Clare Foster and Merengada.  As well as performing live with the Grand Union Orchestra since 1987, Paul has also worked with the likes of Bobby Watson, Ruben Gonzalas, Annie Whitehead, Mike Westbrook Orchestra, the London Jazz Orchestra to name but a few.  

Gerry Hunt (England) – guitar, saxaphones

Gerry has been a member of the Grand Union for over 20 years.  His vast repertoire of work includes playing for the Robin Jones King Salsa, The Latin Jazz Sextet, Loose Tubes, Carol Grimes, The Roberto Pla  Latin Jazz Ensemble, David Mantovani’s Quintet, Abdelkader Saadouns’ rai-rock group and Medusa Saxophone Quartet. Gerry currently fronts his own band The Groove Robbers performing around London. He is an experienced teacher and workshop leader and has also worked for the National Theatre and various musical groups as Musical Director.

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Things you should know

For all ages

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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