Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Paraorchestra to close Paralympics

Only last week I heard of the Paraorchestra, an orchestra made up entirely of musicians with a physical disabilty, and bang there they are tonight on the TV at the closing of the Paralympics.
I really enjoyed that so scanned the web for more details and found the article below, it seems I missed a documentary earlier this evening. I hope that its on E4 catchup.
From Royal College of Music website: "We are delighted to announce that three RCM alumni are performing in the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympics on Sunday 9 September.
Nicholas McCarthy, Abi Baker and Clarence Adoo will be playing under British maestro Charles Hazlewood with the British Paraorchestra. The orchestra will be backing Brit-pop sensation Coldplay and their performance marks a great achievement for the 19-strong ensemble.
Left-handed pianist Nicholas, who graduated in July this year, said “as a classical pianist, I'd never thought I'd be playing alongside Coldplay at the Paralympics, it's a bit mad to be honest, it's wonderful. I can't wait to meet them."
The musicians will be playing specially adapted electronic and conventional instruments. One of the founding members of the orchestra Clarence Adoo performs on the instrument ‘Headspace’, which was designed for him by German conductor and composer Rolf Gehlaar.
Tune in to Channel 4 from 7pm on Sunday 9 September to watch these talented musicians at the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games. The British Paraorchestra will also be featured in an hour long documentary just before the ceremony at 5.25pm."

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