Challenging perceptions of disability and removing barriers to music-making for disabled musicians
The Paraorchestra and Friends produce ambitious and captivating large-scale contemporary music projects and experiences. Our work spans a range of genres and appeals to the widest range of audiences.
At our core is The British Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale ensemble for disabled musicians. This boundary-breaking group sets a new template for music-making, either on its own or in partnership with its two partner ensembles, Army of Generals, and, Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective.
Bringing together musicians from all three ensembles along with many other, high-profile artists, results in an extensive repertoire of musical excellence. It not only raises the profile of the individuals’ work but is also supporting a crucial exchange of understanding and abilities between disabled and non-disabled musicians.
This unique collaboration and approach to high-octane music-making is challenging worldwide perceptions of both disabled musicians, and of classical music. And the result is spectacular.