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

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

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

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

20: Language Wars

Bengal to Bethnal Green resumed this month, and the programme included this song, Chaeridike Aj, given a blistering performance by the featured singer Akash Sultan. This was as it should … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

16: Collateral Damage

Liberation and Remembrance – the Grand Union Orchestra’s contribution to the 2012 London Jazz Festival – explores the related themes of liberty and creative freedom, particularly through jazz,  the music … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · Leave a 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

6: More on scales and improvisation

The ideas explored here come straight out of a workshop with the Grand Union Youth Orchestra I was doing recently with two other Grand Union Orchestra core musicians – Australian … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · 1 Comment