Venue: Main House
Dates: 18 July 2012
Price(s): £ 12
The Golden Highway is a spectacular new show for 2012 by, with and for the people of East London, devised by Grand Union’s composer/director Tony Haynes.
Leading the journey along the imaginary Golden Highway is a galaxy of musicians and singers from Indian, Bangladeshi, Gypsy, East European, Turkish, Portuguese, Somali, African, Caribbean and South American traditions – all heirs to generations of migrants who helped make London what it is today. They tell the story of 500 years of migration and trade, and the extraordinary variety of music and creative vitality they have brought to our city.
The Grand Union Orchestra with its internationally-renowned jazz and world musicians and singers hosts this celebration, joined by the Hackney Empire Community Choir and other local singers, the unique Grand Union Youth Orchestra and its Second Generation Band – creative young musicians from all London’s varied cultures.
East London has always been the historic focus of migration to Britain. Huguenots, Jews, Chinese, Bangladeshis and more recent arrivals from Eastern Europe and Northern Africa have brought with them essential skills, developed new or neglected trades and helped revive a flagging economy. In this volatile and exciting cultural melting-pot, people from all over the world mix on a daily basis, and their music and culture are in perpetual ferment – all on the edge of the wealthiest and most famous financial district on the planet!
This is the East London of today that The Golden Highway brings to life, celebrating the wealth and riches migrants have contributed to our prosperity – not measured in stocks and shares, City bonuses, hedge-fund profits, global corporate enterprise and sponsorship, but in the impact of music and culture.
Celebrating London in 2012 doesn’t come any better than this – whatever else you do this summer, make sure at least you join us on The Golden Highway!
Dates, Times and Prices
Performances: Wed 18 July 7.30pm
£12 / £6
This show finished on: 18 Jul 2012