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Greenlit: Paraorchestra, Channel 4

Paraorchestra w/t (1 x 60′) –   Charles Hazlewood is an internationally renowned conductor who has, over the past 6 years alone, conducted over 50 orchestral world premieres in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Inspired by his 5-year-old daughter who has cerebral palsy, he is determined to create a platform for talented disabled musicians. To this end, he creates a pioneering orchestra made up entirely of disabled musicians at the top of their game.

This film follows the recruitment of the musicians and explores their own relationship with music. They all have stories to tell: Nicholas McCarthy, born without a right hand, is making a name for himself as a left-handed pianist; professional trumpeter Clarence Adoo, paralysed from the neck down in a car accident, now makes music on a computer using his head; and Charlotte White, without an instrument since leaving school, has a fundraising concert put on for her by Charles to enable her to purchase the assistive technology she needs to join the orchestra as they play their first public concert in front of thousands.

Through the inspiring personal stories of the musicians, Paraorchestra explores the achievements and challenges facing disabled musicians in Britain today.

Channel: Channel 4

Producer:  What Larks Productions

TX: Summer 2012

Source: Channel 4 press release

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