Hazlewood's British Paraorchestra appear in Paralympics ceremony
10 September 2012, 11:24
The Paralympic Closing Ceremony featured a performance from Charles Hazlewood's British Paraorchestra, who played alongside Coldplay.
The British Paraorchestra, founded by conductor Charles Hazlewood, performed in last night's Paralympic Closing Ceremony. The orchestra, made up entirely of disabled musicians, played the Paralympic Anthem as part of the epic concert in Stratford, East London.
The orchestra also performed alongside multi-million-selling rock band Coldplay in a rendition of the band's song 'Strawberry Swing'. The extended version of the song featured a lengthy instrumental introduction from the Paraorchestra.
The performance was also accompanied by a dance display. Coldplay vocalist Chris Martin sat on the floor amongst the orchestra during the song as more dancers gradually filled the stage.
Coldplay closed the rest of the ceremony with collaborations from Rihanna and Jay-Z. The ceremony also featured a rendition of the National Anthem from blind and autistic soprano Lisa Hermans.