This weekend on Desert Island Discs our Artistic Director and founder of Paraorchestra, Charles Hazlewood, was interviewed by Lauren Laverne. Charles shared many of his career highlights and an inspirational set of songs that show the breadth of his brilliantly eclectic music taste. He also talked openly for the first time about his childhood trauma. It was an honest and frank account, for which we are incredibly proud of him.

You can listen again here on:

BBC website

BBC Sounds app

If you have been personally affected by any of the issues that Charles spoke about this morning, The Survivors Trust offers options that may help you.

If you are interested in the music choices made by Charles, his eight Desert Island Disc tracks are listed below.

Support disabled musicians during Covid-19

Every arts charity has been counting the cost of the Covid-19 crisis and Paraorchestra is of no exception. Our events programme and our major new projects are all now postponed into 2021. Our aim is for Paraorchestra to sustain itself through this period, and to be able to rebound at full strength.

Part and parcel of our plan is to maintain the financial strength and well-being of the disabled musicians we work with, all of whom are self-employed. We are focussing our time to support this group of artists as the implications of the current lockdown are of grave concern. There is fear about their health of course, worry about new or changed living arrangements, and a real and genuine concern about the availability of additional financial support that can be accessed.

A number of emergency funds for musicians have been set up in record speed that have distributed funds to hundreds of musicians, artists and industry practitioners. However, in many cases our musicians have fallen foul of the application guidelines, or due to access requirements are unable to apply in time before the fund is used up. We also recognise that this is becoming a long-term crisis that will require many interventions to resolve.

Our mission is to remove all existing barriers faced by professional disabled musicians and to ensure that they have the support and opportunity to perform at the highest level. We have looked carefully at our budgets, and with the addition of a grant from The Mark Leonard Trust, we have set up a Fighting Fund from which these musicians can access financial support. Our target is to raise £20,000, in order that the fund can offer support for the next six months. We will not require a hefty application process and we will aim to release funds rapidly, targeted first to those that are most in need.

Please help us by donating what you can to support this Fighting Fund. Every pound raised will go to the musicians we work with. Ultimately, as this crisis unfolds, we are adamant that we will not let any of the musicians we work with fall behind.

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Charles Hazlewood’s Desert Island Disc tracklist:

Barry White Somebody’s Gonna Off The Man performed by Barry White with his Love Unlimited Orchestra

Terry Riley A Rainbow in Curved Air

Mozart Ach, ich fühls from Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), sung by Gundula Janowitz with the Philharmonia conducted by Otto Klemperer

Olivier Latry Improvisation, played by Olivier Latry at Notre Dame, Paris

Richard Strauss Morgen, sung by Jessye Norman, with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra conducted by Kurt Masur

Excerpt from kraftwerk re:werk, performed by Paraorchestra, composed by Charlotte Harding and Lloyd Coleman, conducted by Charles Hazlewood.

U-Carmen e Khayelitsha, based on Bizet’s Carmen, sung by Pauline Malefane, Andile Tshoni and Dimpho Di Kopane conducted by Charles Hazlewood

Pauline Oliveros The Last Time performed by Pauline Oliveros, Julie Lyon Rose and David Gamper