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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

50: Red Soil (UdS)

‘British identity’ has long been a hot topic of discussion and argument, intensified in recent years as Britain’s membership of the European Union is being questioned and ‘multiculturalism’ viciously savaged. … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

49: Song of Contagion

One Saturday evening in late autumn 2014, a distinguished epidemiologist found herself at a loose end in Hackney. On a whim, she decided to drop into a show at the Hackney … Continue reading

March 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

48: Shanghai Crabs

I am writing this in Shanghai, towards the end of fascinating travels that have taken me through Malaysia, Melbourne, South Australia and Singapore. Over several weeks I’ve encountered an extraordinary … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

47: 2015 Revisited

2015 was certainly a switchback ride for the Grand Union Orchestra – some sublime moments, touches of deep sadness, some proud achievements, occasional set-backs and hard graft – but a great … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

46: Sonata Form in Salsa!

When the BBC announced its first Ten Pieces initiative in 2014, Cambridgeshire Music Service asked Grand Union to work with some of their ensembles to contribute to the project. Since we had … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment