BRITISH PARAORCHESTRA AND QATAR PHILHARMONIC PERFORM AT KATARA
It was a special concert in more ways than one. The artists came together from different corners of the globe, for one night only, and their very diversity proved to bring them strength.
The British Paraorchestra were performing with the Qatar Philharmonic for the very first time at Katara's Opera House. The former are the world's first professional ensemble of differently abled musicians.
Two years ago, their award-winning conductor Charles Hazlewood found himself dealing with a personal challenge. His youngest daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with celebral palsy. “She was the person who started to unlock my mind over the issue of how limited the opportunities were for people with disabilities,” he explains. Over the course of the past few years Hazlewood has devoted his musical talent to putting together a unique orchestra, which he hopes will slowly change the way we perceive the differently-abled.
After just two years the Paraorchestra performed with internationally acclaimed band Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. For the event in Qatar, a special piece of high baroque, entitled The Madness by Arcangelo Corelli, was juxtaposed with newer sounds. It offered a range of musical elements from a tabla to the mouth organ.