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For Hazlewood, an evangelist for every style and age and tradition of music, the British Paraorchestra has been a long time coming.” 

Alison Roberts, The Evening Standard,
October 2011


ParalympicsThe highlight of the British Paraorchestra’s first year was undoubtedly the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games, when they inspired a global audience of millions with their thrilling performance with Coldplay. Channel 4’s “Great British Paraorchestra”documentary, screened just before the Paralympics Closing Ceremony, followed the remarkable story of some of the musicians as they prepared for their official debut with the British Paraorchestra at Orchestra in a Field, in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey in July 2012. This was followed by headline performances at the Unlimited Festival, Southbank Centre, as part of the London 2012 Festival, and at the prestigious Snape Proms in Aldeburgh.

The British Paraorchestra composed and recorded the theme music for Jon Snow’s Paralympic Show on Channel 4 TV and also performed live at the official team launch of ParalympicsGB. On 3 December 2012, coinciding with the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the British Paraorchestra released a single - their version of “True Colors”, accompanied by the Kaos Signing Choir for Deaf and Hearing Children and notable British Paralympians. The culmination of an inspiring first year was an invitation to create a new version of the British National Anthem, which was filmed in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace and played during the Queen’s 2012 Christmas Broadcast.

You can view the highlights of the British Paraorchestra’s first year here:

Hear the single and watch the music video of “True Colors”;

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