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Clarence Adoo

That’s the biggest prize - the opportunities provided by London 2012. That’s what’s exciting us most at present – the global audience and the opportunity to shift attitudes and expectations that it provides.”

Clarence Adoo was one of the UK’s top trumpeters, playing alongside artists such as Courtney Pine, before being involved in a car crash in 1995, aged 35. It left him paralysed from the shoulders down. However, since playing the Headspace instrument, a wind instrument controlled by Clarence’s breath and devised by German conductor and composer Rolf Gelhlaar – he ‘feels like a musician again.’

He is a founder member of the Paraorchestra and the Headspace Ensemble, which performed its first overseas concert in Porto in 2007. Clarence has also played with the London Sinfonietta and was Sub Principal trumpet in the Northern Sinfonia. He is delighted to have been awarded an MBE in the Queen‘s 2012 New Honours List for services to music.

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