The British Paraorchestra

The world’s first ensemble of virtuoso musicians with disability joins forces with the hottest young orchestra in the UK, the Southbank Sinfonia, in this one-off concert to perform the world premiere of Lloyd Coleman’s Towards Harmony.

The British Paraorchestra is perhaps best known for its collaborative performance with Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in 2012, as well as its rendition of the Paralympic anthem, which broadcaster Jon Snow called “spellbinding and beauteous”. In addition to the new piece, the ensemble will also bring its own unique take on Corelli’s La Folia in this part-improvised performance.

Founder Charles Hazlewood conducts and the evening will also feature appearances by special guests including Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory.

With Southbank Sinfonia
Conductor Charles Hazlewood
And very special guests including Will Gregory (Goldfrapp)

Corelli La Folia – incorporating new material by The British Paraorchestra
Lloyd Coleman Towards Harmony – world premiere performance of this major new work for The British Paraorchestra plus conventional chamber orchestra

‘Towards Harmony’ was commissioned by DAO (Disability Arts Online) as part of their Sound of Disability programme in partnership with DaDaFest and The British Paraorchestra, with support from Arts Council England and the Britten-Pears Foundation. To find out about Lloyd Coleman’s compositional process please visit

Watch Lloyd Coleman’s introduction to The Sound of Disability:

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