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Charles Hazlewood’s Paraorchestra Plays the Paralympic Closing Ceremony

21st September 2012

As the glorious sporting summer of 2012 drew to a close in London, the thousands of visitors to the Olympic stadium and the millions of TV viewers were treated to a musical delight - Charles Hazlewood’s Paraorchestra.

Born from his personal story (his daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 18 months), Charles has put together this group of 18 talented musicians from around the UK, all who have disabilities.

“We don't perform a set repertoire,” says Charles. “We're more like an ensemble of soloists who combine their individual sounds to rework existing pieces or compose or improvise our own. We all come from different musical backgrounds, but what binds us is a fierce musical bravery.”

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