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

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 · 1 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

23: Adventures in Portugal

This month Grand Union made a gloriously successful return to Portugal, playing first in the Setúbal Music Festival, then in Lisbon. Audiences were were large, responsive and wonderfully enthusiastic, and … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

18: Christmas in Maputo!

A couple of weeks before Christmas I was in Lisbon, making arrangements for a Grand Union project there in spring 2013. Regular readers will know that the Grand Union Orchestra’s collaborations with … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 1 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