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Grand Union Orchestra presents

Grand Union Youth Orchestra Masterclass

Sunday 7 October
Venue 2

In a nutshell

Free workshops open to all young musicians aged 12-26 who wish to explore the world's major musical cultures and/or play non-western instruments.  No auditions and new members always welcome.

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Internationally celebrated professional musicians, born or bred into all major musical traditions worldwide, share their knowledge and expertise in free monthly master-classes and workshops. The sessions explore musical styles from all over the world, and players of non-western instruments are particularly welcome. GUYO members’ (or their families’) countries of origin include Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, India, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, South Africa, East Africa and China as well as London. Therefore, the range of instruments they play is equally wide, so in a typical Grand Union Youth Orchestra performance you are likely to hear: saz, ney, oud, sitar, sarangi, Indian violin, tabla, dholak, dhol, panpipes, steel pans, marimba. vibraphone, concert harp, violin, cello, double bass flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, harmonium guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, congas, djembe, Latin percussion, kit drums.

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 itself.

What to Expect

Throughout the programme of workshops young musicians can:

- 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

Who's Involved

Yosuf Ali Kham (Bangladesh) – Tablb, 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.

Josh Brandler (Caribbean British) - bass, double bass
Josh graduated through our Youth Orchestra and now is a key part of our workshop and performance team as a multi-instrumentalist and mentor to our younger players. He also teaches in several schools.

Claude Deppa (South Africa) - trumpet, African drums
Claude is an inspirational teacher and workshop leader. As well as being a key member of the Grand Union workshop team, he directs the brass section of Kinetika (young musicians from across London who perform music for carnival processions) and  runs recycled percussion ensembles for Newham and the ARK Academies in London.

What people are saying

'The Grand Union Orchestra has been making great, radical world jazz in the musical melting pot of London’s East End for thirty years. This night also marked the coming of age of GUO’s youth section, with the strings, Mak Murtic on tenor from Croatia and British Caribbean bassist Josh Brandler particularly impressive. But the way the band uses voices is just so inspiring.’ - Duncan Heining, London Jazz News

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Things you should know

Suitable for ages 12-26. 

This event is wheelchair accessible.

Event times

Sun 7 October


Sun 4 November


Sun 2 December