The unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra (GUYO), London’s pioneering world music and jazz youth ensemble, brings together young musicians aged 12-26 who wish to explore the world’s major musical cultures.
Players of non-Western instruments are particularly welcome.
Led by top professional jazz and world-musicians from the renowned Grand Union Orchestra, GUYO offers free monthly masterclasses and workshops that explore musical styles from all over the world.
The GUYO repertoire, created and rehearsed in over 60 workshop sessions so far, is continually developing and expanding. It includes arrangements of world music ‘standards’, original music, material adapted from Tony Haynes’ music for the Grand Union Orchestra and contributions and compositions by the orchestra members themselves.
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. Past performances have taken place in prestigious East London venues such as the Hackney Empire, Wilton’s Music Hall and Stratford Circus.