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

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

45: Liberation Street revisited

Looking for footage to illustrate my tribute to Cengiz Saner last month, I chanced on the video of On Liberation Street, in which – as well as directing the show … Continue reading

August 30, 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

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

14: Bengal to Bethnal Green

This Post introduces the series of regular monthly programmes Grand Union is presenting at the Rich Mix Centre, directed by our tabla player and singer Yousuf Ali Khan; it also … Continue reading

July 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

13: The Golden Highway

The story of this song illustrates two further striking features of the Grand Union Orchestra’s work – first, the way it often uncannily anticipates contemporary events (in this case the … Continue reading

June 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

1: Complexity from simplicity

If you are creating a choral piece – a chorus for a musical, say – it’s sensible to write all the harmony lines in a logical way, so that they … Continue reading

June 24, 2011 · 1 Comment