Presented by The Paraorchestra and Friends
A Celebration of David Bowie
Philip Glass: Heroes Symphony / Low Symphony
Charles Hazlewood conducts Army of Generals and members of the British Paraorchestra
Following his critically acclaimed headlining appearance at Glastonbury Festival 2016 performing to over 20,000 people, Charles Hazlewood brings his mesmerising project celebrating the life of David Bowie out on tour this December.
The British Paraorchestra (BPO) is the world’s first professional ensemble of disabled musicians, founded by Charles Hazlewood and television director, Claire Whalley in November 2011. Following their 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.
Few can argue that two of Bowie's finest moments were his Heroes and Low albums. It therefore feels totally appropriate to plunge deep back into his back catalogue and present these two albums, re-expressed and reasserted by the great Philip Glass, an artist whom Bowie cited as a massive influence on his own work.
The Heroes symphony (composed 1996) and Low symphony (1992) both use key elements key elements from Bowie (and Eno's) seminal albums from the mid 70s. During that period David and Brian were attempting to extend the normal definition of pop and rock and roll. In a series of innovative recordings in which influences of world music, experimental 'avant-garde' are felt, they were re-defining the language of music in ways that can be heard even today. Glass achieved something of a real collaboration between his music and theirs, treating the themes of the albums very much as if they were his own and allowing their transformations to follow his own compositional
This intense yet celebratory symphonic journey, conducted by the awardwinning Charles Hazlewood with a 42-piece orchestra, takes the musical essence of Bowie’s Heroes and Low albums and re-expresses them through Glass’s un-mistakable and hypnotic brand of alchemy to produce a night of reflection and wonder.
The Paraorchestra and Friends is grateful to Hauser & Wirth Somerset for sponsoring this project.
About Charles Hazlewood
Award-winning British conductor Charles Hazlewood occupies a unique
position in the musical world. He is the Artistic Director of the British
Paraorchestra, regularly conducts many of the world's greatest
orchestras, and collaborates with a huge spectrum of fellow artists from Professor Green to Steve Reich to Nigel Kennedy to Goldie. His fresh performances of music cross genres, break new ground and excite audiences wherever he performs, but his goal is always the same: exposing the deep, always-modern joy of orchestral music.
About Army of Generals
Comprising some of Britain’s finest instrumentalists this orchestra was created by Charles Hazlewood to record with him and feature in his many landmark tv films on music, as well as his Sony Award-winning radio 2 & 3 shows. Army of Generals continue to be a cornerstone of many of Hazlewood’s projects. Combining deep-tissue musical exploration and breakneck virtuosity, Army of Generals pride themselves on taking their audience right to the heart of great music.
About the British Paraorchestra
The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first, large-scale professional
ensemble for musicians with disabilities, founded by British conductor Charles Hazlewood in 2012. Just as the Paralympics have achieved so effectively in sport, the British Paraorchestra has shifted perceptions of disability and disabled people by creating a visible platform for gifted disabled musicians to perform and excel at the highest level. The group debuted at the London 2012 Paralympics Closing Ceremony.
The Paraorchestra and Friends is a registered charity based in Bristol that aims to further the aims of the British Paraorchestra through an array of ground-breaking musical projects. The charity has a new home in At-Bristol, whose vision of a closely connected culture of arts and science chimes with the Paraorchestra’s mission to push creative boundaries and seek out diverse collaborations.
Supported by Arts Council England