Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 5.25PM Sun 9 September 2012

Inspired by his five-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy, and by the principles of the Paralympics, conductor Charles Hazlewood is determined to create a platform for talented disabled musicians at the top of their game.

As an internationally renowned conductor who over the past six years has conducted more than 50 orchestral world premieres, from Carnegie Hall to the BBC Proms, Charles has decided to form an innovative orchestra made up entirely of talented, disabled musicians.

The Great British Paraorchestra explores the challenges and the lack of opportunities facing disabled musicians in Britain today.

They've all got stories to tell: Nicholas McCarthy, born without a right arm, is making a name for himself as a left-handed pianist; professional trumpeter Clarence Adoo, who once played in Courtney Pine's jazz band, was paralysed from the neck down in a car accident, and now makes music on a computer using his head; and Charles puts on a fundraising concert for Charlotte White to enable her to purchase the assistive technology she needs as they prepare for their first public concert.

This film explores music's power to bring people together. It charts the formation of the British Paraorchestra and explores the musicians' own relationship with music.

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Internationally renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood sets out to form an orchestra made up of talented musicians with disabilities