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Adapted Vehicle Hire News Updates: A look at Britain’s first ever paraorchestra

World renowned conductor Charles Hazlewood has created Britain’s first disabled orchestra, according to Channel 4 News.

The British Paraorchestra is made up of 14 disabled musicians, including a blind sitar player and a pianist with one arm. Others have overcome their disability by using computer technology to create music. For example trumpeter, Clarence Adoo, blows through a tube hooked up to a laptop to simulate a wind instrument.

Also in the Paraorchestra is Matthew Wadsworth, a blind lutenist who devised a Braille system for lute music as a youngster when he found there wasn’t one in place already. Stephanie West is another member of the Paraorchestra who plays a specially adapted wooden flute in order to get around a hand deformity.

Hazlewood says he was inspired to put the orchestra together after his daughter Eliza was born with cerebral palsy. He also cites the revolution in sport, which has made this year’s Paralympics the biggest ever, as a further inspiration.

“I thought it was time to establish a really brightly-lit platform for astonishingly gifted musicians who happen to be disabled, in order to get the attention of the world to bring about change,” he told Channel 4 News.

The Paraorchestra will be playing their first concert next month at the Orchestra in a Field festival in Somerset.

In other news, a new report from children’s charity Contact a Family has found almost a third of parents with disabled children have been forced to take out loans to pay for living costs.

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