ONLINE COMPOSITION MASTERCLASS

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

48: Shanghai Crabs

I am writing this in Shanghai, towards the end of fascinating travels that have taken me through Malaysia, Melbourne, South Australia and Singapore. Over several weeks I’ve encountered an extraordinary … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

47: 2015 Revisited

2015 was certainly a switchback ride for the Grand Union Orchestra – some sublime moments, touches of deep sadness, some proud achievements, occasional set-backs and hard graft – but a great … Continue reading

December 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

43: Mr Never-Smile (UdS)

Mythical or imaginary figures appear frequently in Grand Union shows. They are archetypes, serving to encapsulate a particular character or mood, or frame the story. Three appear in Undream’d Shores: … Continue reading

May 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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