Charles Hazlewood - From Bach to The Prodigy : Six Degrees of Separation

In this “talk” – which involves piano, organ, CD players, 4-part harmony, and many other surprises - Charles explores the links, the deep connections between musical genres and eras


Between Bach and The Prodigy (with Corelli, Tippett, Steve Reich, Massive Attack), on the way the truth is revealed: the “six degrees of separation” that break through false divisions and break down notions of mutually exclusive forms. With wit and energy, profound insight and a sparkling command of his material, Charles Hazlewood presents a fantastically informative and hugely enjoyable evening – along with fabulous music.

Charles Hazlewood has won a unique place in British music through the excellence and eclectic range of his work, from his passionate advocacy of a wide range of music from avant-garde and pop to classical. In the past six years he has conducted over 50 orchestral World Premieres.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 and his BBC Proms debut in 2006. He launched the Charles Hazlewood All Stars Collective at Glastonbury Festival in 2008 which featured Will Gregory from Goldfrapp and Adrian Utley from Portishead, and he also played the first ever symphony concert on the famous Pyramid Stage with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. He guest-conducts major orchestras all over the world, this season with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Gothenburg and Malmo Symphonies, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Philharmonia.

As “the face of classical music” to millions of BBC viewers, he has written and conducted groundbreaking films: Vivaldi Unmasked (BBC 1); The Genius of Mozart (BBC2/4), Beethoven (BBC2/4), Tchaikovsky(BBC2/4) and The Birth of British Music (BBC2). He has had two landmark films on BBC TV this December: “Scrapheap Orchestra” and “Bellringing”, and hosts the [Charles Hazlewood Show on Radio2](, for which he has won 3 Sony Awards.

Charles lives in Somerset and is very much part of the local scene, as well as being a major player in the international and national music world.

This Ebenezer Spectacular will not only raise funds for the British Paraorchestra, but offers the chance to buy VIP/AAA tickets (with special privileges) to Orchestra in a Field in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey on the w/e of 30th June and 1st July.

This is a festival like no other: a kaleidoscopic tour of the world’s best music, from Tchaikovsky to Tubular Bells, by way of Rap Shakespeare and an orchestra made of scrap – OIF promises to be the highlight of Somerset's cultural calendar, and people with an appetite for world-class music, should get behind this festival, spread the word to friends, and help to ensure its success.


“Charles Hazlewood – BBC TV’s pin-up conductor.” The Telegraph

“What Heston Blumenthal is to food, Charles Hazlewood is to music.” The Guardian

“Charles Hazlewood is acid-hot.” The Observer

2012Martin Keeley