Composers Charlotte Harding and Lloyd Coleman
Conducted by Charles Hazlewood

kraftwerk-re:werk is a ground-breaking new musical experiment, taking Kraftwerk’s iconic album Trans Europe Express as the starting point for a thrilling symphonic trip, created by composers Charlotte Harding and Lloyd Coleman.

…the arrangements are bold: the melody from Trans-Europe Express rings out of a dizzy whirl of sound, while Autobahn’s smooth pootle is chaotically recast as Mad Max’s morning commute.
The Guardian

Side view of orchestra on stage at Colston Hall, brightly lit in blue and yellow hues. Graphics projected onto the stage in psychedelic circular patterns.

kraftwerk re:werk at Colston Hall

A new hybrid music as much about Ligeti’s earbending soundscapes as late 70’s beats – all scored for a 39 piece ensemble – kraftwerk-re:werk is an intoxicating mix of symphonic and electronic instruments, from drum machines, to bass oboes and electro harps.

Each and every sound made onstage is amplified to the max, turning the orchestra into a giant synthesizer in which those sounds are crushed, filtered and distorted.

… a piece that was often disquieting and always compelling.
Bristol Post

This wild sonic adventure was played for the first time ever at Simple Things 2017 (21 October 2017) by the joint masses of Army of Generals and The British Paraorchestra, and conducted by Charles Hazelwood.

Wide view of the orchestra and a full auditorium, taken from the rear left of the auditorium, stage is lit with red lighting

Army of Generals and the British Paraorchestra on stage at Colston Hall

The musicianship is excellent throughout, and as a demonstration of the enabling power of music technology – both in terms of inclusivity and the range of sounds an orchestra can create – it’s nothing short of a marvel. Bristol Post.

Commissioned by The Paraorchestra and Friends and Simple Things
Produced by The Paraorchestra and Friends
Supported by Arts Council England

Further reading: Composer Charlotte Harding on ‘rewerking’ Kraftwerk