Perth Symphony appoints an Artistic Patron

Perth Symphony Orchestra is unbelievably thrilled to announce that international conductor and self-proclaimed music revolutionary, Charles Hazlewood will step on board as ‘Artistic Patron’. A huge honour and success for Perth Symphony. As Artistic Patron, Charles will support and encourage the Orchestra throughout all future concerts and be invited to conversations about the direction and planning throughout.

Charles joins existing Patron Tim Roberts, who has been with Perth Symphony since 2015.

Charles, based in London, UK, is the founder of the world’s first Paraorchestra, and with this creation he aims to create new audiences for orchestral music as well as attempting to reinvent what an “orchestra” is. A vision which is synonymous with Perth Symphony’s mission of ‘Music for Everyone’.

Perth Symphony was delighted to work with Charles when he brought his British Paraorchestra to Perth as part of the 2019 Perth Festival, in a remarkable project called ‘The Nature of Why’.

Perth Symphony is passionate about keeping classical music and its techniques relevant for all audiences. As time moves forward they strive to move with it and with this in mind Charles was invited by Jessica Gethin (Conductor) and Bourby Webster (Founder and CEO) to be the new Artistic Patron.

“I am thrilled to be joining Perth Symphony Orchestra in their movement to challenge tradition and bring orchestral music to a wider audience,” said the critically acclaimed composer and musical director in response to his patronage.

“It is of utmost importance to communicate the value of orchestral music to those who may have not had the experience otherwise, and so it is so exciting to see more organisations taking steps to make this a reality,” he added.

“I am committed to exploring ways to connect audiences with the magic of the symphony orchestra, ensuring it is relevant to a 21st Century audience. I know Perth Symphony Orchestra, based in Western Australia, shares this vision and passion and it is my pleasure to accept their invitation to be Artistic Patron for the orchestra.”

Perth Symphony is overjoyed to have Charles on board as Artistic Patron and look forward to working with him to help keep orchestral music alive.

Find out more about Charles and his incredible work here.