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'Dave' performing in front of members of The British Paraorchestra

The British Paraorchestra, Terry Riley’s In C with Extraordinary Bodies. Photo by Paul Blakemore.

The British Paraorchestra – VELOCITY

Music | 2017 Main Commissions

Region: South West

The British Paraorchestra is the world’s first large-scale professional ensemble of disabled musicians, a boundary-breaking outfit that is unlike any orchestra you’ve seen or heard. Their mission is to perform phenomenal music that captivates an audience, pushing the artform forward and proving beyond a doubt that disability is no barrier to talent.

VELOCITY is a music performance piece devised by Paraorchestra musicians with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory. The brief is for a long-form composition with an added dimension. For the first time, Will’s music will be crafted to be danced as well as played. Partnering with a six-person integrated dance company, this is the perfect evolution for Paraorchestra’s unorthodox approach. Compositional work will be created through a devising process, with phrases and rhythms devised by the whole ensemble. Will’s trademark electronic soundscapes, plangent melodies and obsessive rhythms will provide the perfect vehicle, both for the Paraorchestra’s strange and hypnotically-eclectic line-up, and for a brace of dancers.

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