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Unlimited Festival, Southbank


The BPO played an important role in painting the full picture of disability arts in the UK by revealing their marvellous musicianship. From that very first, highly theatrical moment when the scrim rolled up to reveal the orchestra it was a performance of some magic.

Wendy Martin,
Southbank Centre

Unlimited Festival

Southbank Centre presented 29 major commissions celebrating arts and culture by deaf and disabled artists on an unprecedented scale over the summer of 2012. The Unlimited Arts Festival explored dance, art, music, theatre and international collaborations.

We made our London debut at the Southbank Centre on 31st August 2012, as part of a vibrant programme including  Dame Evelyn Glennie and dancers from the Marc Brew Company.

Presenting material inspired by by Bolero and Greensleeves, these iconic melodies culminated in exotically coloured and wildly eclectic 'authored' versions of the originals. Bolero was collectively devised by all of the musicians onstage. The metaphor of gradually amassing dancers vividly reflected the nature of our performance - where each instrumental addition created the image of a slowly-growing multitude of people. 

The British Paraorchestra’s overriding ambition is that prolific musicians with a disability will become more visible and recognised for their talent alone.

See the write up and pictures on Classic FM


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