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A networked approach to promoting meaningful musical pathways for young Londoners facing challenging circumstances.

Grand Union Orchestra

The unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra, London’s pioneering world music and jazz youth ensemble, brings together young musicians aged 12 – 26 who wish to explore the world’s major musical cultures, and offers them a wonderful range of artistic opportunities

  • Organisation Type: Community / participatory music organisation


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Age of participants


Where the young musicians we work with live
  • Enfield, Hackney, Harrow, Havering, Hounslow, Lambeth, Lewisham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest
Music activities and genres

Musical activities

Youth leadership, Vocal, Training, Performance, Improvisation, Composition/songwriting


Other non-Western, Other Asian, South American, Reggae, Jazz & blues, Indian classical, Folk, East Asian, Caribbean, African

Participants Recruited From

The most popular organisations young people working with Grand Union Orchestra are recruited from:

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Definition of Indices of Multiple Deprivation

The Indices of Deprivation 2015 provide a set of relative measures of deprivation for small areas (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) across England, based on seven different domains of deprivation:

For more information see: - 2015 Statistical Release (PDF 1.5MB)