The British Paraorchestra which will make its debut at Orchestra in a Field at Glastonbury Abbey is to be be part of the London 2012 Festival.
The new music festival takes place on June 30 and July 1 and will feature the Paraorchestra - the UK's first featuring world-class musicians with disabilities.
The British Paraorchestra was founded last year by Somerset based conductor, Charles Hazlewood, who is Festival Director and the driving force behind Orchestra in a Field.
It has just been announced that their appearance at the festival is to be included intheprestigious London 2012Festival - the spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration running from 21 June until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.
“We are incredibly honoured by our inclusion in the London 2012 Festival, and see it as a great boost for the orchestra and the broader cause of creating a vitally-needed platform for prodigiously gifted musicians with a disability” says Mr Hazlewood.
“It has been an incredible journey getting to this point. In addition Channel Four has commissioned a major documentary on the creation of the group. This is incredibly exciting!”
Glastonbury Abbey shop is selling tickets for the event and Mr Hazlewood said: "With tickets starting at as little as £20, Orchestra in a Field really is incredible value compared to most other music festivals out there – not least because we’re offering free camping, free entry to under 13s and tons of additional attractions like a huge Kid’s Area, great local food and a Talk Tent.
“We’re especially keen to get families coming along, and people who’ve never heard live classical music before – it’ll blow them away!”
The British Paraorchestra, whose performance at Orchestra in a Field is scheduled for Sunday July 1, will be one of several top-class orchestras appearing at the festival.