ONLINE COMPOSITION MASTERCLASS

Composition and arranging techniques from Grand Union Orchestra composer/director Tony Haynes

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

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