ONLINE COMPOSITION MASTERCLASS

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

42: The Isle is Full of Noises (UdS)

Living in Britain today, we are continually aware of how migration has shaped British culture and identity throughout history, and continues to do so. Migrants contribute their trades, their skills … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

41: A Thousand and One Tides

Mil e Uma Marés at the Luisa Todi Auditorium in Setúbal – yet another memorable night in Grand Union history! Following Soie et Charbon in Alès in September and Undream’d … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

40: Postcard to the Sea (UdS)

This month marks another significant event in the Grand Union Orchestra calendar – we return to Portugal to complete the final stage there of our two-year EU-funded project. The show is … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

39: Strange Migration (UdS)

One of the reasons for the extraordinary success of Undream’d Shores at the Hackney Empire (see previous Post for a full account and links) was that all the performers were … Continue reading

December 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

38: Undream’d Shores (UdS)

When I first set out on the journey to Undream’d Shores (see Post 30), I never dared imagine it would turn out so gloriously – or rather, open up the … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

37: Soie et Charbon

A glorious weekend in the Midi, warmth and sunshine, a pastis or two – and the culminating performances in the French strand of Grand Union’s ambitious international project supported by … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

36: By the Waters of Babylon (UdS)

This month we celebrate two remarkable events, and look forward to a third To begin with, the first ever Grand Union Orchestra residential Summer School (see here and Post 32 … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

35: Riding the Iron Tiger (UdS)

    This song – featured in the Grand Union Orchestra’s new show Undream’d Shores at the Hackney Empire in November – is about Mr Yamamoto, who works on the production-line … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

34: Alentejo and the Midi Revisited

Grand Union’s return to Setúbal and Alès in May and June, to continue its work on its EU-funded project, proved even more sensational than last year’s visits! In the Setúbal … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

33: April 25th

April 25th – vinte e cinco de abril – is the day in 1974 that a military coup ended nearly 50 years of dictatorship in Portugal. This year is the … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

32: Song of Four Seasons

In August, Grand Union is running its first ever Summer School, at Oundle School near Peterborough. This exciting new venture is principally for members of our own East London-based Youth … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

31: The Flame of Love

Here’s an unusual composition technique I’ve used various ways from time to time – although probably never as comprehensively as in the song described here. The song comes from an episode in … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

30: A Journey Begins… (UdS)

Seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of A Winter’s Tale four or five years ago, I was haunted long afterwards by these lines: “…making a wild dedication of yourselves to … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

29: Looking Forward, Looking Back…

New Year greetings to all readers and followers of these monthly posts! 2013 turned out to be one of the Grand Union Orchestra’s most successful and prolific years both at … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment