Charles Hazlewood is one of the most dynamic British musicians of his generation. Currently principal guest conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, he also guest conducts many leading UK and world orchestras. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, and BBC Proms debut in 2006.
As music director of contemporary ensemble Excellent Device (formed in 1991), Hazlewood has blazed a trail in new ways of approaching music; its sister orchestra, Harmonieband, fearures leading UK period instrumentalists. Hazlewood is music director and co-founder of the Cape Town-based lyric theatre company Dimpho Di Kopane; as a composer, he has conceived the music for Yiimimngaliso (The Mysteries), Ibali Loo Tsotsi (The Beggar's Opera), and The Snow Queen, premiered in New York in 2004.
As part of his drive to engage the maximum number of people with music, Hazlewood is known to millions as "the face of classical music" (The Daily Telegraph) for BBC TV, in addition to presenting Discovering Music on BBC Radio 3 and the Sony Award-winning Charles Hazlewood Show on BBC Radio 2 broadcast from his farm in rural Somerset.
Future projects include a new album and film combining Excellent Device with Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals, and creating a brand new fully-staged version of Handel's Messiah, and a landmark series for the BBC on the history of British music.