Grand Union Orchestra’s community choir for ‘If Music Could…’ is on at St John on Bethnal Green.
This Spring, Grand Union Orchestra is inviting local East End communities to participate in a very special choral project reflecting on our hopes and aspirations for the power of music in our troubled world.
Inspired by the music and lyrics of one of Grand Union Orchestra’s most enduring and loved choral works ‘If Music Could…’ this participatory project invites local singers of all cultures, ages and abilities, to come and join Grand Union’s charismatic musicians and vocalists to share their own stories, songs, experience and personal responses, working together towards a public performance.
Finding solutions for today’s great global challenges – protecting the environment, preventing conflict, promoting justice and equality, supporting migrants and refugees – is still as urgent a mission for humanity as ever it was. Tony Haynes’ timeless and poignant choral work ‘If Music Could…’ seeks to reflect on these topical issues , through powerfully moving harmonies and lyrics, to express where we would wish music to intervene, if it had the power.
‘If Music Could… bind up the wounded earth … strike down the tyrant’s arm … bring justice to the oppressed … raise loved ones from the grave … repair the broken lives … We Would Do That!’
Based in one of Grand Union Orchestra’s favourite venues for its wonderful resonant acoustics and warm welcome, St Johns on Bethnal Green, the community choir will meet from the middle of May to workshop songs, share stories and ideas and come together to create a moving and impassioned performance on May 20th.
Directed by energetic and inspirational vocal leader Naveen Arles, director of Grand Union Orchestra’s choir, you will be guided through a rare and uplifting musical experience seeking to build hope, social cohesion and share in the universal joy of song.
St John on Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA
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