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