The Grand Union Youth Orchestra is a mixed ensemble founded ten years ago for young musicians who wish to learn first-hand about world music and/or play non-Western instruments. Improvisation is central to the ensemble, and the members themselves help shape the repertoire. It meets on the first Sunday morning of each month at Rich Mix for a masterclass led by an authentic expert in a world music tradition, and gives regular public performances. Its reach is London-wide; participation is free to avoid any financial barriers.

The Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation is fully funding the workshops and masterclasses listed on the flyer including:


  • 6 x masterclasses at the RICHMIX:
    • Masterclass with Latin-American specialist Emeris Solis (Colombia),
    • Masterclass led by Zhu Xiao Meng (China) gu zheng (Chinese harp),
    • Masterclass by Jyotsna Srikanth (India) violin,
    • Masterclass led by Daniel Louis (St Lucia) steel pan.


  • 4 x workshops at the VORTEX: April 7th, May 5th, June 2nd & July 7th.


Dates: March – July 2018

Location: Bethnal Green (Rich Mix) & Dalston (Vortex)

Age Group: 12 to 26

Get involved:

The Grand Union Orchestra is delighted to be receiving support from Ronnie Scott’s Charitable Foundation towards its projects with young musicians during the spring/summer 2018 – notably masterclasses and workshops at Rich Mix and the Vortex Jazz Club in East London. These projects are led by professional musicians born and brought up in major musical traditions worldwide, who will share their unique skills with the young players, helping them widen their musical and social horizons and develop their creativity. It will also help improve the quality of the performances of the Grand Union Youth Orchestra and expand its repertoire. Few other organisations provide such opportunities, and we – and the young people we work with – are very grateful to the Foundation for its generous support.

Tony Haynes

Projects Manager