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Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood is an award-winning conductor who regularly conducts some of the world's great orchestras including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Malmö & Gothenburg Symphonies in Sweden and the Philhamonia in London.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 and his BBC Proms debut in 2006.  He has set up an opera company out of the townships of South Africa where his latest project involves staging 'Soweto Messiah' in Johannesburg featuring 20,000 performers.  

He launched a unique festival, Orchestra in a Field in Glastonbury in 2012, fulfilling his ambition to introduce as many people as possible to orchestral music of all sorts. He collaborates regularly with musicians as diverse as Professor Green, Wyclef Jean and Nigel Kennedy. He is known to millions for his trailblazing films about music for the BBC. And you may have seen his British Paraorchestra - the world's first ever orchestra for virtuoso musicians with disability - which closed the London 2012 Paralympics with Coldplay to a global audience of 1 billion. His trail blazing opera 'Dead Dog in a Suitcase and Other Love Songs', a Beggar's Opera for our times, is currently touring with Kneehigh Theatre and receiving rave reviews.