Saturday July 14th 7:30pm – What the River Brings
Grand Union Orchestra, Grand Union Youth Orchestra
Grand Union Voices, World Choir and guest performers
St John on Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA
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What the River Brings celebrates the waves of migration that have shaped East London over the centuries, and continue to do so today.
With music composed and arranged by Tony Haynes, it is performed by people from those communities who have settled here – descendants of immigrants, or themselves from far-off places. It tells of their experience and the stories of the East End past and present, through music and songs that conjure up the mystery of rivers and the sea, the hope and hardship of journeys, the hazards and hostility faced and overcome.
Great port cities grow around trade, but they are also centres of human traffic – the endless ebb and flow of migrants who contribute not only to economic prosperity, but also to culture and artistic vitality, above all through their music.