classical music

Minimalism Changed My Life: Tones, Drones and Arpeggios

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Twentieth-century music defies expectations with conductor Charles Hazlewood’s three ensembles, including The British Paraorchestra.

They perform alongside Army of Generals and his All-Star Collective in an exploration into the world of minimalism, presenting a best-of selection from the great minimalist composers who rebooted classical music in the 20th century.

Based on the 2018 BBC4 programme of the same name, Hazlewood explores the personalities of the key artists who invented the genre, along with his own relationship with minimalism and how it hugely influenced his own music-making career.

With a mixture of live music and AV, Tones, Drones and Arpeggios showcases the transcendental powers of minimalism in an uplifting, spine-tingling, mind-blowing experience.

Produced by Paraorchestra and Friends.

The British Paraorchestra is the world’s only large-scale ensemble for professional disabled musicians.

Their mission is to redefine what an orchestra can be, presenting a body of instruments that draws on the tradition of centuries but is enriched by the talents, instruments and zeitgeist of the 21st century.

This boundary-breaking group sets a new template for music-making, either on its own or in collaboration with its two partner ensembles.

The Army of Generals is an electrifying ensemble of non-disabled orchestral musicians that has built an enthusiastic following and is famed for its dynamic energy-fuelled performances.

Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective is an electronica band comprising some of the big names of pop and rock world.


Army of Generals
The British Paraorchestra
All-Star Collective
Charles Hazlewood conductor


Programme includes: -
Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air
Mike Oldfield: Tubular bells
-: and a work by Steve Reich

Dates & times

28 Sep 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 7+