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Grand Union Orchestra Summer School 2021

  • 26th July 2021 - 29th July 2021
  • 10.00am - 6.00pm
  • Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6HG

The summer school is open to young musicians aged 12-21 keen to delve deeper into world music techniques, learn improvisation and composition skills, form their own groups and make music together. They will gain inspiration from experts born or brought up in every major musical culture worldwide, all regular members of the Grand Union Orchestra. Players of non-European instruments are especially welcome, and we also encourage multi-instrumentalists.

The course, under the title Call & Response, is led by Shanti Jayasinha (trumpet/cello)

Assisted by GU Youth Orchestra director Joshua Brandler (guitar/bass/drums).

Among those running sessions are:

  • Claude Deppa (South Africa – trumpet/percussion),
  • Louise Elliott (Australia – flute/tenor sax),
  • Yousuf Ali Khan (Banladesh – tabla/voice),
  • Zhu Xiao Meng (China – gu zheng),
  • Abass Dodoo (Ghana – African drums) and
  • Carlos Fuentes (Chile – Latin percussion).

The cost of the four-day course is £80.

To find out more, contact Josh Brandler

Or go to

We are committed to offering a nurturing environment and maintaining Covid secure measures. We are delighted to be offering this opportunity to young musicians in East London as lockdown measures begin to be lifted.

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The cost of the four-day course is £80.

To find out more, contact Josh Brandler

Or go to

Thanks to Tower Hamlets – residents of this borough are eligible to free spaces (limited).

Concessions can be made to children who are eligible to free school meals for example



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