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Orchestra In A Field

The British Paraorchestra’s Bolero has been collectively devised by everyone on stage. The image of a slowly growing multitude of people reflects the Paraorchestra’s central ambition that gifted musicians from around the world with a disability will become more visible, recognised for their talent alone.’ 

Orchestra in a Field,  July 2012.

This summer saw Paraorchestra take part in Orchestra in a Field, described as the ‘Must Have’ festival ticket for families this summer.

Described as having “the energy of Glastonbury and the production values of Glyndebourne” (The Telegraph), it was the only festival offering world-class classical music as family entertainment!

Held in the magical parklands of Glastonbury Abbey with its medieval ruins , Orchestra in a Field included everything from a huge Kids Area with helter skelter, vintage market, top quality local food, a Talk Tent featuring some of the UK’s top music names (including a class on composing for Playstation), and a main stage programme featuring everything from Carmen to Mussorgsky to Tubular Bells and The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. 

“Kids can run about and be themselves – they don’t have to behave in a certain way,” says Hazlewood.“But we don’t want them sitting passively either – we want them to get involved and have a go!”

"We offer something that’s unique: top quality orchestral music, played by the best, in a relaxed, family-friendly environment,” says Hazlewood.“It’s perfect family entertainment.”

Aside from this, each day of the festival featured a range of exciting one-off musical experiences, including a performance of Mike Oldfield’s seminal 70s classic Tubular Bells, Adrian Utley’s“gargantuan”Guitar Orchestra, and a performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture by the Scrapheap Orchestra – an orchestra made out of recycled material, which was the subject of a major BBC4 documentary earlier this year.

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet and a debut performance by the British Paraorchestra will be two other highlights.

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