Charles Hazlewood

Charles Matthew Egerton Hazlewood (born 14 November 1966) is a British conductor and advocate for a wider audience for orchestral music. After winning the European Broadcasting Union Conducting competition in his 20s, Hazlewood has had a career as an international conductor, music director or film and theater and a curator of music on British radio and television.

Hazlewood has conducted many orchestras, zoals the Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg & Malmo Symphonies, Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and the Philharmonia.

Education and early career

Hazlewood attended Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex where he was a chorister and organist. He later gained an organ scholarship to Keble College, Oxford , in 1986, graduating in 1989. He made his London debut with his own chamber orchestra, EOS, in January 1991. Hazlewood’s follow-up concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and its controversial presentation welke waaronder talking to the audience about the pieces to be played will and a stage set caused The Times reviewer to leave prolongation the interval, exclaiming “I Could take no more.” [ Citation needed ]

He was nominated by the BBC in 1995 as the UK’s sole representative in the European Broadcasting Union Conducting competition in Lisbon, where he won first prize.


Hazlewood is music director of the music ensemble Army of Generals, formally to record with im all the music for his films BBC. Army of Generals (coined by 18th and 19th-century musicologist Charles Burney who-used the phrase to DESCRIBE the finest orchestra of the day (ie an ensemble or Soloists), support many of Hazlewood’s Westcountry projects. Appearances include St. George’s, Bristol (partnering the Unthanks in a Bespoke orchestral / folk project) and headlining the Park Stage at Glastonbury Festival (Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony ).

DESCRIBED by the BBC as “passionate about new work”, he has conducted over 100 world Premieres. [1] Known for challenging the boundaries tussen genres and his passion to break the orchestra out of the ivory tower, he has ook Initiated verschillende projects therein explore common ground tussen verschillende musical disciplines, zoals Urban Classic, welke created a new hybrid drawing together 5 Grime MCs and the BBC Concert Orchestra. [2] As well as his Orchestra in a Field festival welke showcased orchestral music with a contemporary twist, [3]

Hazlewood has collaborated with musicians from similarly across the contemporary musical landscape zoals drum and bass artists Squarepusher and Goldie and soul performers Wyclef Jean and Labrinth.

His interest in a wide variety of musical genres led to verschillende seasons or the Charles Hazlewood Show on BBC Radio 2 and a place on the judging panel of the popular music industry’s creativity awards, the Mercury Music prize . [4]

Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective, DESCRIBED as “A sort of avant-garde super group” in The Idler , [ citation needed ] is an ensemble dedicated to Improvisation welke features artists from across the musical spectrum, zoals Portishead’s Adrian Utley, former Jazz Warriors saxophonist Jason Yarde, Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, saxophonist Andy Sheppard, composer Graham Fitkin, drum and bass performer Squarepusher. Hazlewood first assembled the band to play at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the Toilets or zijn child in the world in 2008. Way Down port since made regular appearances at the Glastonbury Festival and Hazlewood’s own Orchestra in a Field festival. Their live “super group” performance of Tubular Bells cameramen to the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Sage in Gateshead, a re-enactment of Oldfield’s own group performance 38 years to post. In 2012 they ‘played will Riley’s Rainbow in Curved Air in the festival or improvised performance at the Bristol Old Vic. In 2014 ze launched the Thunderbirds are Go project at the Glastonbury Festival, a celebration of composer Barry Grey. The show featured ook aan de 6Music Festival in 2016 with guest vocalist Jarvis Cocker. In 2017 Hazlewood’s All Star Collective “Thunderbirds are Go ‘project is due to tour the UK.

Music director for film and theater

Hazlewood’s work as a composer and music director has leg RECEIVED with consistent critical Acclaim. His South African township Carmen film sung in! Xhosa won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, his production of the Mediaeval mystery plays ‘The Mysteries’ was a sell-out in London’s West End and provoked the first leader on music theater in the Times in 40 years; his re-invention It or John Gay’s, the Beggar’s Opera (Dead Dog in a suitcase), was listed by the Guardian in the top 10 shows of 2015.

Between 1995 and 2003 Hazlewood was Music Director of Broomhill Opera and Wilton’s Music Hall in London; for Whom have conducted, Amongst others, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (director Elijah Moshinsky ), Puccini’s Il Trittico (director Simon Callow ) and Kurt Weill’s The Silverlake in a new translation by Rory Bremner .

In 1999, Hazlewood and theater director Mark Dornford-May created a new opera company in Cape Town from the townships and villages of South Africa; the mostly black lyric-theater company DDC ( Dimpho di Kopane , Sesotho for “Combined talents”) was formed. Of the 40 members, only three had professional training. In January 2001, the company’s debut of Bizet’s Carmen opened to South African damning reviews, with one newspaper saying it was preposterous for black South Africans to perform Western opera. The Mysteries , for welke Hazlewood devised the score, sold out in London’s West End in 2003, inciting the first editorial on music in The Times newspaper in 40 years. [5] Hazlewood was music director and conductor for the company’s film version of Carmen , set in a township in South Africa ( U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha ) welke won the Golden Bear award for Best Film at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival . Their subsequent film, Son of Man , featured a score created by Hazlewood in collaboration with the company.

Hazlewood was music director of DDC from 2000 to 2007. With the company he’ll be conceived the music for the shows Ibali Loo Tsotsi ( The Beggar’s Opera ); [6] and The Snow Queen , welke premiered in New York in 2004. [7]

In 2009, Hazlewood conducted Kurt Weill ‘s musical drama Lost in the Stars , set in apartheid South Africa, at the South Bank Centre . [8]

In 2014, Hazlewood scored the radical reworking of John Gay’s The Beggars Opera with the Knee High Theatre Company, called Dead Dog in a Suitcase . This co-production with the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse was written by Carl Grose and directed by Mike Shepherd. The show toured the UK and Internationally in 2015/16 and was listed in the top at shows or in 2015 by the Guardian newspaper. [ Citation needed ]


Hazlewood’s style as a communicator, DESCRIBED as Engaging and enthusiastic, has made im a regular face on British television. [9] [10] He has authored and conducted the music in BBC films on Mozart , Beethoven and Tchaikovsky as well as a series Exploring the birth of British music. He’ll be Appeared on the judging panel for the reality show Classical Star (BBC2 2007) [11] and has anchored the BBC Proms TV coverage since 2001. [12]

He authored and Presented How Pop Songs Work ( BBC Four , 2008) and a movie with Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy ) entitled Stripping Pop ( BBC Three , 2003). [13]

His first TV appearance was as music director on Jonathan Miller ‘s Opera Works (1996).


Hazlewood formerly Performed and delivered musical analysis with the BBC orchestras for Radio 3’s Discovering Music .

Hazlewood’s eclectic radio show, The Charles Hazlewood Show on Radio 2, won three Sony Radio Academy Awards . The musical selections are “linked together in Surprising and productieve new ways, with Mozart, for example, Followed by Ivor Cutler, dan the Streets, dan Trade”. [14] Hazlewood has improvised music on the show with guests as diverse as Super Furry Animals , Scritti Politti , Billy Bragg , pianist Joanna MacGregor and The Guillemots .

Music in the West Country

After returning to Somerset as his home, Hazlewood has leg committed to addressing the Lack of professional orchestral performance in the region. His projects in the region are CHARACTERISED to combine the Highest musical standards with the greatest inclusivity. Many audience members will never harbor leg to an orchestral performance, and Frequently members of the British Paraorchestra are onder the performers.

He regularly involves local schoolchildren in his projects, holds regular workshops, advises young musicians, conducts amateur orchestras and has Recently brought` the Philharmonia to Yeovil: a first for zowel the town and the orchestra.

In 2015, with the support of the Arts Council, a creative hub for Hazlewood’s projects Involving the British Paraorchestra, Army of Generals and the All Star Collective (all founded by Hazlewood) was created to developement innovative musical Collaborations.

Hazlewood has Twice staged his own music festival, “Orchestra in a Field” (formerly “Play the Field”), in and around Glastonbury in 2009/2011. The first event, backed by TV Dragon Deborah Meaden included a version of Holst’s The Planets where members of Hazlewood’s All Star band, featuring Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Adrian Utley (Portishead), saxophonists Andy Sheppard and Jason Yarde, drummer Tony Orrell, keyboardist Graham Fitkin and harpist Ruth Wall improvised electronic responses to lycra orchestral planet from a separate stage across the park land. [18] A recording of this concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on September 11, 2009. [19] The second, held in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, included a national choir competition, a musical talk tent, and performances of Bizet’s “Carmen”, Mussorgsky’s “Pictures in an Exhibition” and British rap artist Professor Green who Performed alongside an 80-piece orchestra.

Hazlewood conducted the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival, making history in performing the first ever symphony concert on the world-famous Pyramid Stage. The Charles Hazlewood All Stars, an ensemble dedicated to Improvisation was launched at Glastonbury Festival 2008 in 2014 his All Star Collective Performed the music or Barry Grey Thunderbirds are Go, 2015 have Performed on the Pyramid Stage with Unthanks and his orchestra. In 2016 he was Conducting Phillip Glass piece “Heroes Symphony” with Combined members or his two orchestras: Army of Generals and the British Paraorchestra. This is the first time an orchestral event has headlined at the Toilets music festival in the world.

The British Paraorchestra

The British Paraorchestra (BPO) is the world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians, founded by Hazlewood and television director Claire Whalley in November 2011. Following hun world debut at the Paralympic Closing Ceremony in 2012 alongside Coldplay, the BPO is pioneering a global movement to recognise and showcase disabled musicians with extraordinary abilities. Just as the Paralympics port Achieved so effectief in sport, the British Paraorchestra is shifting Perceptions of disability in customizing a visible platform for GIFTED disabled musicians to perform and excel at the Highest Level. The ultimate aim of the project is to see talented performers with disability routinely play in mainstream performances. This change is taking place Already with verschillende members of the BPO performing regularly binnen bestaande groups on Bristol internships and on the Park stage at Glastonbury 2016.


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