Charles Hazlewood has won the European Broadcasting Union Conducting Competition in his 20’s. After that, he has enjoyed a global and pioneering career conducting some of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and the Philharmonia in London. Charles co-founded the award-winning South African lyric theatre company Dimpho di Kopane (London’s West End and worldwide), which was honored with Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival for their movie U Carmen e-Khayelitsha.
He has launched a new breed of orchestral festival “Orchestival” in his home county of Somerset. In 2012 Hazlewood founded The British Paraorchestra, the world’s first large-scale professional ensemble of virtuoso musicians with disabilities. Hazlewood has authored, presented and conducted multiple television films on music for the BBC and Channel Four. He was awarded four Sony Awards for his shows on Radio 2 and 3.
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