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Grand Union Orchestra and Choir at St John on Bethnal Green
Saturday 14 July, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£8
Join the Grand Union Orchestra and Choir for their concert, What the River Brings, at St John on Bethnal Green, celebrating the waves of migration that have shaped East London over the centuries.
There will be performances by the Grand Union Orchestra, the Grand Union Youth Orchestra, Grand Union Voices, the World Choir, as well as guest performances.
With music composed and arranged by Tony Haynes, the concert is performed by people from communities that have settled over the years in the area.
They aim to tell the stories of the East End, past and present, through music and songs, conjuring up the mystery of rivers and the sea, the hope and hardship of journeys, and the hazards and hostility that were overcome.
Great port cities like London grow around trade, but they are also centres of human traffic – the endless ebb and flow of migrants who contribute not only to economic prosperity, but also to culture and artistic vitality, above all through their music. It is this culture that the musicians hope to bring to the concert.
The Grand Union Orchestra is the UK’s most successful and diverse world/jazz orchestra. Founded in 1982 by pioneering composer and pianist Tony Haynes, its music draws on diverse musical cultures and is based around the experiences of the performers themselves, many of whom have been or are descended from migrants or refugees.
Grand Union is also well-known for its large-scale participatory projects, where a core group of Grand Union musicians develops a show in conjunction with amateur performers and local cultural groups. They are based on the Old Ford Road.
Grand Union also operates an extensive outreach programme of cross-cultural and cross-generational workshops in both formal education and informal community settings. In 2006 it established its own youth orchestra which is open to young musicians playing any instrument from any culture.
Tickets are £8 for general admission and £5 for concessions. You can order tickets on the orchestra’s website. And you can find St John on Bethnal Green at 200 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA.