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64: Can’t Chain Up Me Mind

Can’t Chain Up Me Mind was written exactly 30 years ago for Freedom Calls, which was recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and became the Grand Union Orchestra’s first … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

63: Uncharted Crossings

Earlier in the year, I learnt that this autumn our local Museum was to curate an exhibition called Black British Music in Hackney. It immediately occurred to me that it … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

62: What the River Brings

In Lisbon a couple of weeks ago with my daughter, we enacted a favourite ritual – take a ferry from the Cais do Sodre across the river to Cacilhas and … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

61: Mirage – welcome to 2018!

Just coming to the end of a very welcome and much needed month’s break in Australia, I was looking for a piece to accompany greetings and set the tone for the year ahead. As … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

60: Twelve Days of Christmas – a MixTape!

My sixtieth blog post – a milestone worth celebrating! Mix tapes are back in fashion, so why not a collection of favourite pieces I’ve written for the Grand Union Orchestra … Continue reading

December 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

59: Activism Unleashed

In many ways, this piece lies at the heart of Song of Contagion, and captures its essence, for several different reasons – although it’s not really typical of the show … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

58: What a Result!

No, I don’t mean the UK general election (although strangely that may have helped!), but the performances of Song of Contagion at Wilton’s Music Hall. By common consent, this was probably … Continue reading

June 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

57: An Alliance of Music and Science

For the next three months, leading up to the première performances of Song of Contagion at Wilton’s Music Hall (June 13th to 17th), the form of this blog will change. … Continue reading

March 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

56: If Music Could…

Looking for some music to set a positive tone for 2017 to go with New Year greetings, I remembered this from the Grand Union Orchesta repertoire – wistful maybe, but … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

55: In Memoriam Alan Dossor

These days I open the review pages of The Guardian with some apprehension: they are usually immediately opposite the obituary page. On Friday August 12th I was surprised and saddened … Continue reading

November 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

54: The Battle of Cable Street

Earlier this month, Grand Union commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street (which I wrote about in my previous post 53: Silence is Consent) with two quite … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

53: Silence is Consent

On October 4th 1936, Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists (known as the Blackshirts) attempted to march through the streets of East London, threatening the local, long-established Jewish … Continue reading

August 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

52: After Brexit

I’m writing this in Marseille, in the aftermath of Britain’s devastating vote to leave the European Union. How are we to respond to this as musicians, and what can we … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

51: If You Should Fall

I began this monthly blog nearly five years ago. My intention was to give news of current Grand Union activities and ideas, combined with anecdotal background on the Company, my … Continue reading

May 30, 2016 · Leave a comment