Grand Union Youth Orchestra announces 2020 programme

Grand Union Orchestra

Grand Union Youth Orchestra has published details of its programme of masterclasses, performances and summer school.

Grand Union’s unique youth programme, devised by the pioneering Grand Union Orchestra, is regarded as a major innovator in the field of music education.

The organisation offers participants ‘an authentic experience of music making, outside of the Western education model, learning by ear, developing responsive playing and embracing the energy, vitality and spontaneity of the jazz genre’.

Each year GUYO brings together over 30 young musicians aged 12-26, under the guidance of the experienced global talents of professional migrant musicians who play with the main Grand Union Orchestra, working towards regular public performances.

The culmination of the year is the chance to attend the popular GUYO Residential Summer School which this year takes place at Writtle University Chelmsford from 27-30 July.

This year’s GUYO masterclasses focus on the music of Bangladesh, Africa and the Caribbean, led by migrant musicians from these cultural backgrounds who will also be leading the 2020 Summer School.

Masterclasses and performances takes place in East London in some of the UK’s most exciting, new and diverse venues such as Shoreditch’s Rich Mix and Poplar Union.


To take part in GUYO masterclasses there is no audition process and no fees to pay. Young, adventurous musicians are encouraged to simply bring their curiosity, love of music and a spirit of experimentation to each monthly masterclass.

Visit the Grand Union website for further information.

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