Paraorchestra and Friends

Associate Director – Lloyd Coleman

Paraorchestra and Friends, the national music producing hub behind The British Paraorchestra, and integrated music ensembles has announced that BBC Proms presenter, Lloyd Coleman, will take up the position of its first ever full-time Associate Director.

We were delighted to hear this news as we have followed Lloyd’s career closely ever since DAC awarded him his commission to write Breaking the Wall for our Whose Flame is it Anyway? project which was part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad celebrations.

Coleman was also a founder member of The British Paraorchestra, which was established in 2012 to perform at the London Paralympics. It has since played at major concert halls from Bristol to Bahrain and even had a performance at Glastonbury Festival.

The major, senior artistic and organisational appointment follows the announcement that the umbrella organisation that supports the development of The British Paraorchestra will become an Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio funded organisation in 2018.

A major new Paraorchestra and Friends project will be launched at Simple Things Festival in Bristol in October, more details when we have them. Lloyd will also be  developing Velocity, an Unlimited Commission in collaboration with Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory and choreographer Caroline Bowditch. Following its showcase at Glastonbury 2017, Paraorchestra and Friends will also take Play! – orchestral interpretations of classic computer game themes – on tour in March/April 2018.