Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Grand Union Orchestra to commemorate Battle of Cable Street

2:57, 6th October 2016

The Grand Union Orchestra (GUO) is marking the 80th anniversary of the battle of Cable Street with a ten-day festival.

The festival will culminate in two world music performances entitled ‘Remembering Cable Street’ on 8 and 9 October.

At 7.30pm on 8 October, more than 100 amateur musicians, community performers and student artists will gather at St John’s, Bethnal Green for a performance marking the battle, and telling the stories of those affected.

The performance on 9 October will reflect on the battle and explore its relevance today, particularly for diverse communities which still face racial prejudice. Performed by over 40 professional GUO musicians, the GUO world choir and youth orchestra at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green at 7.30pm, the two-hour performance will feature world musicians who come from South Africa, Scotland, Bangladesh and Bulgaria, in order to celebrate today’s multicultural society.

‘We want to celebrate the diversity which exists in our society today and our intention is to give a voice to as many strands in the local community as possible, whether recalling the events of 1936, or recounting experiences of similar events since,’ says GUO co-founder, director and composer Tony Haynes. ‘Above all, we want to embrace the whole spectrum of East London’s cultural communities today as contributors, participants and audiences.”


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