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

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

32: Song of Four Seasons

In August, Grand Union is running its first ever Summer School, at Oundle School near Peterborough. This exciting new venture is principally for members of our own East London-based Youth … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

31: The Flame of Love

Here’s an unusual composition technique I’ve used various ways from time to time – although probably never as comprehensively as in the song described here. The song comes from an episode in … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a 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

29: Looking Forward, Looking Back…

New Year greetings to all readers and followers of these monthly posts! 2013 turned out to be one of the Grand Union Orchestra’s most successful and prolific years both at … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

25: Second anniversary reflections

I started writing this monthly blog two years ago. As I begin the third year, therefore, it seemed a good time to take stock and review some of the material covered. A guide … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

24: Bhangra in the Midi

Miraculously, Grand Union’s recent performances in France proved as successful as those in Portugal last month, albeit very different in scale and ambition, though both form part of our ongoing … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · 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 · Leave a comment

22: 30 Years of Strange Migration

This Post celebrates a highly significant anniversary for Grand Union. Strange Migration was premiered in Glasgow in May 1983, commissioned for the first edition of Mayfest, a brand new festival … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

4: If Paradise

The key to If Paradise lies in a scale or Indian raga, which dominates much of the work – especially the material of the Bengali singers Lucy Rahman and Akash … Continue reading

September 22, 2011 · 1 Comment