Internationally-renowned conductor, motivational speaker and after dinner host; Charles Hazlewood has won hearts and minds around world with his ground-breaking musical projects.
Moving audiences to laughter and occasionally tears, his presentations on leadership, trust, creativity and change have inspired leading organisations including Google, the US Federal Reserve, Mulberry and TED.
A globe-trotting conductor and musical revolutionary, Charles has conducted many of the best orchestras in the world and is a significant presence on British television and radio. He is the founder of the world’s first Paraorchestra and his critically-acclaimed music theatre shows have won awards and tour the world. Hazlewood is a visionary with a mission to bring the ever-modern joy of orchestral music to the 21st century and in doing so, change lives and communities for the better.
But it is not just what he has achieved, but how he has orchestrated success that has established Charles as a leader of hearts and minds, and consequently to global demand for his presentations in the corporate world. Three times TED speaker, Charles is frequently invited by leading businesses to share his inspiration and his methods with their teams.
At only 27, Charles won first prize in the European Broadcasting Union Conducting Competition, and has since conducted many of the world's greatest orchestras (including The Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, The Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Danish Radio Symphony and many of the BBC orchestras). He has played Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms, and celebrated stages throughout the world, collaborating with diverse musical superstars such as Wyclef Jean, Charlotte Church, Professor Green and Jarvis Cocker. His ability to fuse new relationships and break barriers is one of the hallmarks of his work.
Charles won the Berlin Film Festival 'Golden Bear' for Best Film his remake of Bizet’s famous opera Carmen performed by the first ever opera company recruited from the townships of South Africa and sung in Suthu. The opera company went on tour the US, Europe and Australia.
Under his leadership The British Paraorchestra became the world's first professional orchestra of virtuoso musicians with disabilities. They made their debut at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics and were the first ever orchestra to headline a stage at the world largest contemporary music festival, Glastonbury Festival. The Paraorchestra and Friends is a musical innovation company that continues to re-invent the orchestra and has established itself as one of the world’s most dynamic performance companies.
Charles has authored, presented and conducted the music in multiple films for BBC TV; he has won three Sony Awards for his radio shows on BBC and has composed and directed the music for many ground breaking and award winning theatre shows.