It’s hard to resist the cliché ‘round up of the year’ blog post; we’ve a lot to be proud of through 2022.

But earlier this year, we created a film that celebrates what we do here at Paraorchestra; the breadth of our work, the collaborators we work with, the communities, the places, the faces, and all those that come and watch us. So perhaps the best way to mark this moment in time, and to say thank you to everyone who supports us, plays with us, and advocates for us – is with this:

Film by John Minton  

A version with audio description is available to watch here

2022 and on

This year alone we released and toured The Unfolding – our debut album with ground-breaking electronic composer and multi-instrumentalist Hannah Peel; filmed and released Reinventing the Orchestra, a six-part documentary with Sky Arts; and teamed up with Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke and rising indie sensation Rachel Chinouriri for a vivid live reimagining of Barry White’s orchestral genius at Royal Festival Hall. Three Paraorchestra musicians completed a year-long paid residency with us – kicking off two further residencies in April; we closed out Brighton Festival with SMOOSH!, our technicolour pop-karaoke street parade; and premiered our collaboration with Brett Anderson, Death Songbook, at Wales Millennium Centre.

In November we were delighted with the news that Arts Council England have awarded us with a significant uplift to our NPO funding from April 2023. This, together with renewed funding partnerships with the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, Garfield Weston Foundation, and The Linbury Trust plus a grant from The Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation – and continued support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Bristol City Council – enables us to start planning for a bigger future for Paraorchestra. 2023 on will see us creating more opportunities for more musicians identifying as disabled, and sharing our ground-breaking projects with many more audiences at home, and overseas.

We look forward to sharing more about our vision in the New Year.

 

Image – SMOOSH! Hove, May 2022. Credit: Chloe Hashemi