• James Waters Classical

Day 95 - Why not launch an orchestra at the Olympics

A chorister and then organ scholar at Keble College Oxford Charles Hazlewood might have been 'just' another brilliantly talented classical musician. He is in fact a visionary. He began by creating fascinating programmes demystifying classical music. He conducted opera worldwide with Dimpho di Kopane a South African Theatre cooperative. His pride and joy is the Paraorchestra which he created to create performances at the highest level for musicians with disabilities who were being missed by the mainstream profession. Not content with this ambition he ensured huge profile by performing with them at the 2012 Paralympics. Oh, and by the way he also loves Mozart. His Desert Island Discs is one of the most moving I have heard.

Paraorchestra here

Documentary on Henry Purcell here

Listen to Desert Island Discs here

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