The British Paraorchestra
The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first large-scale professional ensemble for disabled musicians, founded by conductor and (now) Paraorchestra and Friends Artistic Director, Charles Hazlewood, and television director, Claire Whalley in November 2011.
Its mission is to perform phenomenal music that captivates any audience, driving classical music forward and proving beyond a doubt that disability is no barrier to talent. The British Paraorchestra is shifting perceptions of disability by creating a visible platform for gifted disabled musicians to perform and excel at the highest level in the mainstream of live performance.
The integrated ensemble made its memorable world debut in front of an international TV audience of millions at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, alongside Coldplay. In June 2016, the Paraorchestra formed part of the first classical orchestra to headline a stage at the Glastonbury Festival, as Charles Hazlewood conducted a mesmerising take on Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, the event’s major celebration of the late David Bowie.
Headspace / Hi Note
Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
Lap Steel Guitar
Sitar / Tabla
Lute / Theorbo