Percussionist Carlos Fuentes performs on 2 October with Andres Lafone

Grand Union Orchestra revives concerts at Bethnal Green

Sounding Bethnal Green is reviving its musical celebration of East London’s diverse population throughout October.

Every Friday for five weeks, St John on Bethnal Green will open its doors to limited audiences for a series of performances, interviews, discussions and practical workshops. Each evening will focus on a different region of the world that has influenced the culture of the East End, beginning with Latin America and including South Asia, China, Africa and the Caribbean.

The event is organised, as ever, by the pioneering Grand Union Orchestra, which has welcomed first generation migrant musicians and celebrating cultural diversity as an artform for over 30 years.

Socially distanced seating and obligatory mask-wearing will make the events Covid-19 compliant but the organisers are confident they will retain the Sounding Bethnal Green reputation for creating a friendly social event rather than a formal concert. The events run from 7pm to 8.30pm and the ticket price is whatever attendees can afford.

The first evening will feature bassist Andres Lafone from Uruguay and the Chilean percussionist Carlos Fuentes.

The series is a continuation of Grand Union Orchestra’s contribution of Black History Month 2020.

Further information can be found at

Author: MUSIC:ED

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