There was a celebratory, end-of-term vibe to our gig at Jodrell Bank last week as we ended our 2022 tour of The Unfolding with a headline performance at Bluedot Festival. And, quite rightly: it had been an intense few months of tour dates, plus paying homage the genius of Barry White at Meltdown Festival, filming a 6-part documentary with Sky Arts, and four performances of our outdoor music on-the-move extravaganza – SMOOSH! – closing this year’s Brighton Festival.
The orchestra is majestic – deep, sonorous cello, shrill flute and urgent strings combine to mesmeric effect, interspersed with big beats, spacey plink-plonk and atmospheric synths. When in full flow, they really get their groove on. It’s hugely exhilarating… Proper goosebumps territory”
It was a matchless moment of celebrating an album and tour that we’re really proud of, a very special relationship with our collaborator Hannah Peel, plus the hard work of a truly wonderful team of artists, musicians, and production staff.
GIG OF THE YEAR! @Hanpeel @Paraorchestra had the entire crowd @bluedotfestival totally captivated. Felt very special to be there.
Here are some of our favourite pictures from the day from photographers Jody Hartley and Scott Salt:
And an opinion piece from the BBC with comments from our Chief Executive Jonathan Harper, plus Paraorchestra musicians Hattie McCall Davies and Steve Varden, highlights exactly why last Thursday’s gig was so important to us:
“Progress in general for artists that identify as disabled continues to be at a snail’s pace and I sincerely hope it is the start of serious change”
It’s now time for some much needed down time at Paraorchestra as we prepare for our forthcoming Autumn gigs:
The Anatomy of the Orchestra at Royal festival Hall foyer, Southbank Centre, London.
Saturday 24 September – Tickets
Death Songbook with Brett Anderson and Charles Hazlewood at Wales Millennium Centre as part fo Llais 2022
Saturday 29 October – Tickets