If the Paraolympics were not inspiring enough….
Originally posted on TED Blog:
Yet another TED speaker is set to play a part in the Paralympics, now happening in London. At the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Charles Hazlewood will be conducting the British Paraorchestra – a 17-person ensemble composed entirely of disabled musicians. The orchestra has grown rapidly since its four-member debut at TEDxBrussels in November 2011, above.
From the start, Hazlewood’s holy grail has been the Paralympics Closing Ceremony. Inspired by the way that the Paralympic Games have changed perceptions of disability and athletics, he was eager to do the same for music. With the Paralympics bringing a rare moment of worldwide attention to the disabled community, Hazlewood saw a unique opportunity. Through Sunday’s performance and a documentary to air on Britain’s Channel 4 (read about it in The Guardian), he hopes to take major steps toward the ultimate goal – integration of world-class disabled musicians into orchestras everywhere.