The Great British Paraorchestra
Inspired by his 5-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy and the principles of the Paralympics, conductor Charles Hazlewood is determined to create a platform for talented disabled musicians. As an internationally renowned conductor who over the past six years has conducted more than 50 orchestral world premieres, from Carnegie Hall to the BBC Proms, Charles has decided to form an innovative orchestra made up entirely of talented, disabled musicians. “You can’t tell me that there aren’t millions of talented disabled musicians out there, so why oh why aren’t we hearing from them?” Charles says. Through the musicians’ personal stories, The Great British Paraorchestra explores the challenges and the lack of opportunities facing disabled musicians in Britain today.