Charles Hazlewood Composer & Music Director

Charles Hazlewood won first prize in the European Broadcasting Union Conducting Competition during his early twenties, and has since conducted many of the world's greatest orchestras (including The Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, The Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony); he has played Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, and multiple festivals throughout the world, has collaborated with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Nigel Kennedy, Professor Green and Wyclef Jean, has conducted over 200 world premieres, won the Berlin Film Festival 'Golden Bear' for Best Film with his South African township opera company's U Carmen e-Khayelitsha; he has founded the world's first large-scale professional ensemble of virtuoso musicians with disabilities (The British Paraorchestra) who made their debut at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics; he performed the first ever orchestral headliner at Glastonbury, has authored, presented and conducted the music in multiple landmark films for BBCTV (on Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, amongst others, as well as The Beatles, Badly Drawn Boy, and Minimalism); he has won three Sony Academy Awards for his shows on BBC Radio 2, created the score for the South African Mysteries (West End and worldwide); Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) - a new Beggar’s Opera and a new opera The Tin Drum (both Kneehigh) and has three TED talks to his name.


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