Critical acclaim for Charles Hazlewood’s BBC 4 Minimalism series
Charles Hazlewood has been lauded for his new BBC 4 series Tones, Drones And Arpeggios: The Magic of Minimalism, which explores the conception and impact of the innovative techniques developed by minimalist composers including Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Speaking to the Guardian about the movement which has been an endless source of personal inspiration, Hazlewood said:
“Here was a whole new genre that unashamedly combined the rigours of classical music with the rebel spirit of rock’n’roll…One of my goals as a conductor is exposing how an orchestra works, which is very hard to do with traditional repertoire. Again, minimalism comes to my aid: I’ve chosen Reich’s The Four Sections for my project Anatomy of the Orchestra, premiering in Bristol next month, because the absolute regularity of pulse means I can spread the musicians out across a huge space without the piece breaking down or losing coherence.”
Click here to watch the series on BBC iPlayer.
Charles Hazlewood brings SCORE to Stockholm with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Charles Hazlewood returns to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 5 and 6 October 2017 for a revival of his SCORE project at Stockholm's Berwaldhallen. Along with Swedish presenter/arranger Orvar Safstrom, Hazlewood juxtaposes a selection of the most sophisticated video game scores with the key classical scores from which they draw their inspiration.
SCORE is performed with soprano Sabina Zweiacker, with whom Hazlewood has collaborated on his last two visits to the orchestra in specially curated programs exploring different genres of music.
Later this season Hazlewood, who has been lauded for his work in doing “so much to dissolve musical barriers”, conducts The Unthanks and Army Of Generals in a symphonic exploration of folk music at concert halls across the UK, including at the Royal Festival Hall on 13 December.
Charles Hazlewood conducts music from speculative fiction with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Charles Hazlewood returns to the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra this month for three concerts on 29 and 30 September 2016. Hazlewood leads the orchestra in performances of repertoire taken from major works of speculative fiction, alongside narrator Orvar Säfström and soprano Sabina Zweiacker.
Hazlewood then travels to Copenhagen to conduct the next instalment of the Open Orchestra series. Taking place on 1 October in the old Carlsberg Brewery, this concert sees the Copenhagen Philharmonic perform a specially-devised programme, including extracts from Brahms Symphony No.3, and Ives Unanswered Question, designed to break down the barriers between the orchestra and observers. Audience members are encouraged to move freely between the players in order to experience the music from different angles.
Watch an extract from the last Open Orchestra concert below.
Charles Hazlewood conducts the Unthanks orchestral debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Charles Hazlewood performs in Liverpool this month, conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Mercury Prize-nominated folk band The Unthanks in their debut performance with symphony orchestra on 19 March 2016.
The concert includes a world premiere of new material as part of Liverpool Philharmonic 175th Anniversary commissions arranged by Unthanks pianist Adrian McNally, alongside symphonic explorations of the group's most popular repertoire from their decade-long career. In 2015, Hazlewood led the Unthanks in a performance on Glastonbury’s headline Pyramid Stage; click here to watch a clip.
Hazlewood continues to have great success with combining a wide range of different musical and art forms. His recent collaboration between the World Online Orchestra and the Copenhagen Philharmonic last year with Beethoven Symphony No.7 was warmly received by critics, with Politiken DK deeming it a five-star, “ear-opening experience.”
Charles Hazlewood conducts SCORE concerts with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Charles Hazlewood conducts the Swedish Radio Orchestra on 24 and 25 September 2015 for two SCORE concerts celebrating the history of video game music at Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen. Narrated by Orvar Säfström, Hazlewood leads the orchestra and soprano Sabina Zweiacker in repertoire drawn from the soundtracks to Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Asssassin’s Creed.
Hazlewood then begins rehearsals for Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs), a radical re-working John Gay's Beggars' Opera by Cornish theatre company Kneehigh. Hazlewood has written a ground-breaking new score for the project, drawing on both contemporary and historical music in an echo of Gay's original.
"Madcap mastery and jukebox hijinks...Bright, bold and timeless"
Dead Dog in a Suitcase tours the UK from September – December 2015, culminating in ten performances in London from 2 – 12 December.
Charles Hazlewood conducts iOrchestra Philharmonia in Truro
Following on from his performance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival with The Unthanks, Charles Hazlewood leads the Philharmonia iOrchestra in an open-air concert at Lemon Quay in Truro, Cornwall on 12 July 2015 in a programme of Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Strauss and Debussy.
Earlier in the month, Hazlewood conducted his British Paraorchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia at Bristol’s Colston Hall in a concert which featured the world premiere of Lloyd Coleman’s Towards Harmony alongside Corelli’s La Folia. You can hear Hazlewood in conversation with Chris Evans on the BBC Radio 2 breakfast show (from 2 hours 16 minutes).
Charles Hazlewood conducts Beethoven Symphony No.7 in World Online Orchestra celebrations
Charles Hazlewood travels to Copenhagen’s Papirhallen for an innovative concert celebrating the World Online Orchestra with the Copenhagen Philharmonic on 13 May 2015. World Online Orchestra is a ground-breaking new project aimed at uniting musicians across the world in a synchronized online performance.
Hazlewood conducts the Copenhagen Philharmonic in the first, second and fourth movements of Beethoven Symphony No.7, alongside the world premiere of a new piece by Rasmus Zwicki and students from the Danish Academy of Music. The concert also features the first performance of A7 – a new piece composed by Hazlewood fusing elements of Terry Riley In C and Beethoven Symphony No.7. Audience members are encouraged to participate in the performance, with their body movement affecting the orchestra’s dynamics, tempo and range.
Later in the month, Hazlewood returns to the National Concert Hall in Dublin for the third in the series of Close Up With Charles Hazlewood, where he closely examines the main themes of seminal symphonies. On 19 May, Hazlewood turns his attention to Brahms Symphony No.3, discussing and conducting excerpts of the work with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be broadcast live on RTE.
Charles Hazlewood: tour of Holland with Squarepusher and Metropole Orchestra
Charles Hazlewood renews his collaboration with electronic artist Squarepusher during February, with a major tour of Holland with the Metropole Orchestra beginning on 11 February at Amsterdam’s Musiekgebouw. The tour continues at Eindhoven’s Musiekgebouw Fritz on 12 February, Rotterdam’s De Doelen on 13 February and Groningen’s De Oosterport on 14 February.
Click here to watch a preview, taken from Hazlewood’s previous Squarepusher project with Southbank Sinfonia.
In another project to attract new audiences to classical music, Hazlewood continues his Close Up concerts this month in Dublin (17 February) and Jonkoping (22 February), dissecting Prokofiev Symphony No.1 ‘Classical', and comparing and contrasting it with and Haydn Symphony No.100 'Military’ with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Jonkoping Sinfonietta respectively.
Charles Hazlewood & Malmö Symphony present a programme of video game music
Charles Hazlewood devises, presents and conducts a new video-gaming programme with the Malmö Symphony on 22 and 23 January. He will take new and classic gaming scores and perform extracts in the context of the core symphonic repertoire from which their inspiration is drawn.
This is the second of three visits to the Malmö Symphony for Hazlewood this season, part of a growing relationship.
Charles Hazlewood continues his Great Symphonies series with National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
September sees Charles Hazlewood begin his series of concerts this season with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (RTE), 'Great Symphonies: Close Up with Charles Hazlewood'. Following his 'Close Up Beethoven' concert last season, Hazlewood continues his exploration, illuminating five major symphonies beginning with Dvorak’s ‘New World’ Symphony on 16 September and continuing with Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique on 30 September. Concerts take place at the National Concert Hall Dublin and are broadcast by RTE.
Also in September, Hazlewood joins forces again with electronic artist Squarepusher for their ground-breaking collaboration, an orchestral re-imagining of Squarepusher's album Ufabulum. They bring the collaboration to the cutting-edge Sacrum Profanum festival in Cracow on 14 September with the Sinfonietta Cracovia.