Composition and arranging techniques from Grand Union Orchestra composer/director Tony Haynes
There are four elements in the Undream’d Shores ‘package’ which can be programmed separately, or delivered on a single day, over a weekend or across a longer period. Together with related activities, they make up an integrated project which will be Grand Union’s main focus for the next three years 2015-2018.
1: Instrument Menagerie
See and handle musical instruments from many musical traditions worldwide, under the guidance of the expert musicians who play them.
2: Music Untamed
Workshops and masterclasses in the musical styles related to these instruments, led by musicians born and brought up in these traditions.
3: The Isle Is Full Of Noises
Grand Union Orchestra show for family or schools audiences, performing a repertoire illustrating a wide range of instruments and musical styles worldwide.
4: Undream’d Shores
Music composed/arranged by Tony Haynes around the experience of migration, embracing all the ideas described above and featuring all GUO’s world musicians and singers, as either (a) a Grand Union Orchestra stand-alone show (18-25 musicians); or (b) the core GUO musicians (16-20) with local performers drawn from youth orchestras (strings, wind, brass), jazz groups, drum/percussion groups, world music ensembles (eg South Asian, Chinese), choirs and singers added.
Twelve underlying principles/themes (from simplest to more controversial!)