The conductor and musical communicator Charles Hazlewood has been signed to the BBC Concert Orchestra as Principal Guest Conductor. He won the European Broadcasting Union conducting competition in 1995 and since then Hazlewood has conducted many of the leading orchestras in the UK and around the world. He also has a weekly radio programme on BBC Radio 3 'Charles Hazlewood Discovering Music' and is regularly on BBC Television. His recent Beethoven series attracted major audience acclaim.
Hazlewood was also responsible for co-founding the South African opera company Dimpho Di Kopane in Cape Town, South Africa. -The feature film 'U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha' that featured the opera company won the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Hazlewood acted as music director and conductor in the film. He has collaborated with a host of key artists including America's leading composer Steve Reich and the Queen's official composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Charles Hazlewood was full of praise for the BBC and expressed his delight at the new position saying, "I love working with the BBC Concert Orchestra. They have a voracious appetite for great music of every sort, and a passion combined with open mindedness to go the extra mile. Their zeal is uncommon, and fabulously refreshing."
Barry Wordsworth, Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra said, "The BBC Concert Orchestra's paramount concern is to bring the maximum variety of music to the widest public it can reach. Charles Hazlewood communicates his passion for music with deep understanding and conviction and I am therefore delighted to welcome him as he takes up the position of Principal Guest Conductor."
Andrew Connolly, General Manager of the BBC Concert Orchestra said, "Charles Hazlewood is an artist who embodies the beliefs of the BBC Concert Orchestra with a fervour for music of all kinds and the ability to transmit this with great impact in a contemporary framework. We have a great time working with Charles on his Radio 3 Discovering Music programme and are thrilled to be now extending the relationship into all areas of our activity".
The BBC Concert Orchestra has a wide and flexible repertoire ranging from classical works and musical theatre to light music, jazz and film scores appearing with a huge range of performers every year. The Orchestra has close links with BBC Radio 3, which broadcasts the majority of its concerts; and with BBC Radio 2 where it is featured on the weekly programme Friday Night is Music Night. On BBC Television, the BBC Concert Orchestra has been seen this year in the award winning Flashmob - The Opera and is heard on the soundtracks of BBC programmes such as The Blue Planet, Space Odyssey and The Little Prince. It has made many CD recordings, with recent releases on the Chandos, Dutton labels.