Tony Haynes, composer/director of the Grand Union Orchestra, tells the inside story of his music for the orchestra, its musicians and colourful history.

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

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

10: Inspired by the Kora

If you have been reading these articles regularly, you will realise by now that I take inspiration from the musicians I work with, and develop ideas from characteristic techniques from their musical culture. This … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

8: Tihais and Big Band Riffs

This analysis is based on A Country Conscript, from The Rhythm of Tides (Por Mares do Imaginário) which I wrote in 1996, featuring Portuguese and Portuguese African artists. The show … Continue reading

January 29, 2012 · 3 Comments

3: In praise of Eleggua

Another thread that runs through my music for the Grand Union Orchestra is a fascination with traditional West African drum rhythms, and using them to create brass and sax ensembles … Continue reading

August 25, 2011 · Leave a comment