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Charles Hazlewood
Media Release 14th August 2014

Conductor Charles Hazlewood takes Irish audiences on a ‘symphonic’ journey in new series at the National Concert Hall

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

Conductor Charles Hazlewood is a man on a mission; to bring orchestral music alive for new audiences. A familiar face on British TV, notably from the 2009 series The Birth of British Music on BBC2, Hazlewood presents a new series at the National Concert Hall entitled ‘The Great Symphonies Close up with Charles Hazlewood’ starting 16 September 2014.

Presented by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the National Concert Hall, the series explores five great symphonies by five great composers; namely Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Prokofiev and Brahms.

In each concert Hazlewood discusses, explores and conducts excerpts of the pieces, all in a relaxed and informal environment, before a full performance of each piece by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 ‘New World’ is the subject for the first concert on Tuesday 16 September at 1pm. The memorable melodies of his ninth, last and most popular symphony owe a considerable debt to the American negro-spirituals and plantation songs Dvořák discovered on his travels in the ‘New World’. The nostalgic pull of his native Bohemia can also be detected in this orchestral masterpiece.

The series continues on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 1pm with a look at Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 or ‘Pathétique’; one of the richest and most intricately designed of all symphonies. Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 ‘Military’ and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’ will performed and discussed on Tuesday 17 February 2015 at 1pm while Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F - one of the most original and demanding symphonies of the 19th century - is reserved for the final concert in the series on Tuesday 19 May 2015.

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Charles Hazlewood
, conductor/presenter

Tuesday 16 September, 2014 1.05pm      Dvořák Symphony No. 9 ‘New World’
Tuesday 30 September, 2014 1.05pm      Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathétique’
Tuesday 17 February 2015, 1.05pm           Haydn Symphony No. 100 ‘Military
                                                                            Prokofiev Symphony no. 1 ‘Classical
Tuesday 19 May 2015, 1.05pm                    Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F

Tickets: €10 per concert | National Concert Hall Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie

ENDs: For further information please contact: Sinead Doyle, Marketing & PR Manager, The National Concert Hall. Tel: 01 417 0057 / 087 1775334

Since winning the European Broadcasting Union conducting competition in his 20’s, Charles Hazlewood has enjoyed a global and pioneering career conducting some of the world’s best orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Gothenburg Symphony in Sweden and the Philharmonia in London.

Hazlewood has a long list of directorships in music theatre. He has had a sell-out show in London’s West End (The Mysteries). In 2005, his lyric theatre company won the Berlin Film Festival Best Film Award for their South African ‘Carmen’. Hazlewood has authored and conducted many television films on music for the BBC and Channel Four and won Sony awards for his radio broadcasts on Radio 2 and 3.

In June 2012, Hazlewood launched his festival Orchestival in his home country of Somerset and in September 2012, he launched the British Paraorchestra at the London Paralympics. The Paraorchestra released its first single ’True Colors’ in collaboration with Kaos, the deaf and hearing children’s choir and the Paralympic team GB in December 2012. Hazlewood is also founder and conductor of the period instrument ensemble Army of Generals and the contemporary orchestra Excellent Device. Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective is a psychedelic improvising ensemble, where Hazlewood works principally with Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) and Adrian Utley (Portishead).