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Conductor and BBC presenter Charles Hazlewood is sitting in a room with four highly accomplished musicians. They begin to jam; and Hazlewood grins and starts tinkering with a piano enthusiastically. If you were listening to this, you'd think nothing unusual was happening - yet two of these musicians are in wheelchairs, all are profoundly disabled, and together they form the core of Hazlewood's latest grand projet, the British Paraorchestra.standard.co.uk - londonersdiary
The British Paraorchestra, the UK's first ever orchestra of musicians with a disability, has won a standing ovation for its first performance abroad, at the Bozar Arts Complex in Brussels. So far the orchestra, devised by conductor Charles Hazlewood, consists of only four people but it's hoped that there will be 30-35 players next summer when they play during the opening ceremony of the Paralympics. The current players are Clarence Adoo, a former trumpeter paralysed from the neck down who makes music by blowing down a tube; Lyn Levett, who has cerebral palsy and moves an iPad with her nose; Baluji, who plays the sitar and tabla; and James Rasdon, a blind recorder player.
Vredi potrošiti 13 minuta: Charles Hazlewood and the British Paraorchestra - Music of the Future
I am a conductor, and I'm here today to talk to you about trust. My job depends upon it. There has to be, between me and the orchestra, an unshakable bond of trust, born out of mutual respect, through which we can spin a musical narrative that we all believe in.
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And I remember at the beginning of my career, again and again, on these dismal outings with orchestras, I would be going completely insane on the podium, trying to engender a small scale crescendo really, just a little upsurge in volume. Bugger me, they wouldn't give it to me. I spent a lot of time in those early years weeping silently in dressing rooms. And how futile seemed the words of advice to me from great British veteran conductor Sir Colin Davis who said,
"Conducting, Charles, is like holding a small bird in your hand. If you hold it too tightly, you crush it. If you hold it too loosely, it flies away."
I have to say, in those days, I couldn't really even find the bird.
Now there's a project that I'm initiating at the moment that I'm very excited about and wanted to share with you, because it is all about changing perceptions, and, indeed, building a new level of trust. The youngest of my children was born with cerebral palsy, which as you can imagine, if you don't have an experience of it yourself, is quite a big thing to take on board. But the gift that my gorgeous daughter has given me, aside from her very existence, is that it's opened my eyes to a whole stretch of the community that was hitherto hidden, the community of disabled people. And I found myself looking at the Paralympics and thinking how incredible how technology's been harnessed to prove beyond doubt that disability is no barrier to the highest levels of sporting achievement. Of course there's a grimmer side to that truth, which is that it's actually taken decades for the world at large to come to a position of trust, to really believe that disability and sports can go together in a convincing and interesting fashion.
So I find myself asking: where is music in all of this? You can't tell me that there aren't millions of disabled people, in the U.K. alone, with massive musical potential. So I decided to create a platform for that potential. It's going to be Britain's first ever national disabled orchestra. It's called Paraorchestra.
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