The Third Orchestra

Thu 5 May, 20:00
£18 + BF

A new orchestra rooted in openhearted collaboration where individuals share their own unique story and rich global musical heritage.

There are amazing sounds as Syrian oud meets funky bass, soaring Chinese erhu is surrounded by cascading harp, violins melt into muted trumpet, then gritty jazz piano, all led by the soulful and enchanting voices of Alice Zawadzki and Rouhangeze.

All rising into one in a thrilling orchestral sound as these extraordinary colours come together.

Standing ovations greeted the orchestra at their debut concerts at the Barbican Centre in 2019. Under the direction of Peter Wiegold (Club Inégales), they are a vibrant and ground-breaking orchestra for our times, we are delighted that they will perform their show The Space Between at Grand Junction.


“A real united-nations, and a new approach to music. I just love the way that there's so many people who all find their place with so much freedom to play”

Benjamin Zephaniah

“Fabulous gig, a gorgeous sound, amazing players’”

Judith Webster of Music for Youth

“I loved it was an of-the-moment thing. But there were so many beautiful, funky, extraordinary moments, I want to enjoy them all again”

Tom Guthrie, Opera director

Peter Wiegold says, ‘in a world that can be divided, I love to hear these musicians play together, as together we seek a new sound, a sound for the world we live in now’.

An introduction to some of the amazing performer/creators:

Alice Zawadzki (vocals, violin) Alice moves from jazz to soul to Sephardic song
Rouhangeze (vocals) enchanting singer from Mauritius
Max Baillie (violin) his work goes from leading classical orchestras to working with African and folk musicians
Cheng Yu (pipa-guqin), Wang Xiao (erhu) two of the leading Chinese musicians on the London scene
Rihab Azar (oud) soulful player and composer from Syria
Alina Bzhezhinska (harp) funky jazz and classical player
Colin Alexander (cello) fine classical and improvising ‘cellist
Byron Wallen (trumpet) top London jazz trumpeter and composer
Fiona Troon (bassoon/contra bassoon) leading classical/jazz player, the contra adds a great gritty sound to the orchestra
Matthew Bourne (piano/Moog) distinguished, powerful jazz pianist
Shri Sriram (bass, flute) played with Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney, and in the great drum’n’bass duo Badmarsh and Shri.
Anoushka Nanguy, jazz trombone, recently the winner of the Rising Star Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards, at the age of 20.
Sören Birke, blues harmonica + electronics from Berlin
Bernhard Schimpelsberger, incredible Viennese percussionist schooled in South Indian Karnatic rhythm, and more recently the music of the Candomblé ceremonies in Salvador, Brazil.

Peter Wiegold (director/keyboards)

Peter has been running the famous Club Inégales for 10 years at Euston, where his band Notes Inégales collaborated with musicians from around world traditions, from Maori shaman Horo Horomona to New York jazz guitar legend Lionel Loueke, from folk leaders Leveret to classical ‘cellist Sandy Baillie.

The Third Orchestra was created by Peter and the late John Cumming, director of Serious and the EFG London Jazz Festival. Respecting the great orchestral traditions of the past, they wanted to create a new orchestra, based in multi-cultural London, reaching out to the world, an orchestra without boundaries. Musicians from North, South, East and West are welcome and it is inclusive, with a gender balance, and is 50% Black, Asian and ethnically diverse, with members aged 20-70.

Date: 05 May 2022

Start Time: 20:00

Doors: 19:00

Length: TBC

Tickets: £18 + booking fee

Venue: Grand Junction is a venue for the community, arts and culture based at St Mary Magdalene Church. We also have a café serving delicious food overlooking the canal.

Closest Stations: Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith & City line) 0.64km

Warwick Avenue (Bakerloo line) 0.64km

Paddington Station (National Rail services and Circle, District, Bakerloo, Hammersmith & City line) 1.4km


Covid-19 Policy 

As of 24 February the government is removing all remaining Covid-19 restrictions.

At Grand Junction we will continue to do a number of things to keep our staff and audiences as safe as possible.

While you are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19, it is still advised that you stay at home to avoid contact with other people. Please bear this in mind before travelling to an event at Grand Junction if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

We welcome audience members and staff wearing face coverings if they wish to do so.

Hand sanitiser stations are positioned around the building.

Careful consideration of entry and exit points to avoid crowding. We will check your ticket at the entrance to the venue to avoid queuing and crowds forming indoors.

Regular cleaning and regular ventilation of the space, to ensure a flow of clean air.

Click here to view Grand Junction’s full Covid-safety information. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any further questions.