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The Nature of Why - The British Paraorchestra

The British Paraorchestra – The Nature of Why

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.

The Nature of Why 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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21 September 2019
SICK! Festival, The Lowry, Salford
13-14 September 2019
Kneehigh Asylum, Carlyon Beach, St Austell Bay
7 September 2019
Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
9-11 May 2019
6 May 2019
21-23 February 2019
Perth Festival, Australia
5 September 2018
10-12 May 2018
2 November 2017
Fyfe Hall, Trinity Centre


Jonathan Harper

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