The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians, founded by British conductor Charles Hazlewood in 2012. As part of the Portfolio programme, Sound and Music and the British Paraorchestra offer an opportunity for two composers to develop new small-scale works for the ensemble. The Paraorchestra has a distinctive approach to collaborative working, and the selected composers will work closely with musicians from within the orchestra’s pool of players to develop pieces which showcase the group’s extraordinary abilities.
Amble Skuse and Rasmus Zwicki have been selected to work with the British Paraorchestra
About the British Paraorchestra
The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first, large-scale professional ensemble for musicians with disabilities, founded by British conductor Charles Hazlewood in 2012. Just as the Paralympics have achieved so effectively in sport, the British Paraorchestra has shifted perceptions of disability and disabled people by creating a visible platform for gifted disabled musicians to perform and excel at the highest level. The group debuted at the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
The Paraorchestra and Friends is a registered charity based in Bristol that aims to further the aims of the British Paraorchestra through an array of ground-breaking musical projects. The charity has a new home in At-Bristol, whose vision of a closely connected culture of arts and science chimes with the Paraorchestra’s mission to push creative boundaries and seek out diverse collaborations.
Aimed at talented composers at an early stage in their career, Sound and Music’s Portfolio scheme provides a key development opportunity for composers to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music.