Charles Hazlewood

Clacton & North East Essex Arts & Literary Society

12th November 2012 ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ with BBC Proms conductor and presenter Charles Hazlewood.

Charles is an award-winning conductor who works regularly with great orchestras around the globe. Central to his work is a huge passion to engage a wider audience with great music; to this end he appears regularly on BBCTV. Sponsored by PRINCES THEATRE, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea.

Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood is an award-winning conductor (EBU Conducting Competition 1995, First Prize) who works regularly with great orchestras around the globe. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 and his BBC Proms debut in 2006. This season sees his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden and the Philharmonia in London. He is Music Director of the contemporary ensemble Excellent Device! and its period instrument sister-orchestra, Army of Generals.

Central to his work is a huge passion to engage a wider audience with great music; to this end he appears regularly on BBCTV. He has authored and conducted the music in films on Mozart, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky and his recent landmark series, The Birth of British Music. He appears regularly on Radio 3’s Discovering Music, conducting the BBC Orchestras through deep-tissue exploration of great orchestral music. He also periodically hosts his own show on BBC Radio 2 which has won him 3 Sony Awards. A new run begins on Thursday 22 September 2011.
Hazlewood works in an amazingly wide musical spectrum. He has conducted over 50 orchestral world premieres from the cutting edge of contemporary music, pioneered the Urban Classic project (fusing Grime MCs with the BBC Concert Orchestra), and devised the music for many shows featuring his 40-strong South African opera company; The Times dubbed their West End run of ‘The Mysteries’, ‘Some of the most blazingly original theatre in Britain’. He launched ‘Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective’- an ensemble dedicated to improvisation – at Glastonbury Festival 2008. (The Charles Hazlewood All Stars – “A sort of avante-garde super group” – The Idler)
This summer Charles launches his unique, family-friendly festival, Orchestra in a Field (30 June – 1 July) in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, Somerset. While the festival has at its heart large-scale, outdoor orchestral music, it will also involve a diverse range of different musical styles and influences. Alongside classical performances such as Carmen with a symphony orchestra, international star performers as well as a children’s chorus made from local primary schools and Romeo & Juliet, there will also be a performance of Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’ (performed by The All Star Collective featuring musicians Will Gregory from Goldfrapp and Adrian Utley from Portishead). There will be an appearance by The Scrapheap Orchestra as seen on BBC TV as well as the first full-scale performance by the British Paraorchestra who are part of the London 2012 Festival Programme.
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  1. Charles Hazlewood-six degrees of separation.
    `Music is a universal language`-the opening words of prestigious
    conductor-Charles Hazlewood, after he had marvelled at the sheer

    enthusiasm showed ( in numbers) by the attendance of local audiences on

    a cold winter`s Monday night (we’re a pretty `hardy lot`)

    Well after that the evening progressed into a somewhat surreal event!

    Those (unlike me)who took the trouble to read their programmes

    correctly beforehand, were not at all fazed by this presentation and

    judging by the participation in the invited vocal contribution (from the

    stage) all was not lost!

    I felt (personally) this was an opportunity for Charles to tell us a little bit

    about his varied career as a conductor-he is ,quite obviously, a very

    articulate person with many `strings to his bow`, but he chose to talk on

    what was, for some, the rather obscure parts of the composition of music.

    It is impossible to please all of the people all of the time and even though

    it was for me a little disappointing, there were many in his audience who

    relished this evening.

    The musical interludes were a bit laborious and I didn’t really appreciate

    the intricacies of comparisons between the great (and much revered) JS

    Bach and the minimalistic approach and the compositions of current

    composers-(`Prodigy` was offered as an example.)

    An evening with a difference-and we should celebrate this-it would be a

    far better world if we all acknowledged that our fellow human being has

    preferences that may be completely different from our own, but that does

    not automatically diminish their value.

    Jennifer Kersey.

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