Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood is a world famous conductor. Following his studies at Christ’s Hospital and Oxford University, he won first prize at the European Broadcasting Union Conducting Competition in Lisbon in 1995. June 2003 saw his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

He made his BBC Proms conducting debut in August 2006, with the BBC Concert Orchestra; simultaneously presenting the concert live from the stage for TV. He now guest-conducts many of the world’s leading orchestras. For several years he also hosted Radio 2’s The Charles Hazlewood Show, exploring his vast and catholic music tastes, in sessions recorded on his farm in Somerset. He played the first ever symphony concert on the famous Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. In August 2009, Charles unveiled his latest venture, a new breed of orchestral festival on his farm in Somerset called Orchestra in a Field ( He also founded the first British Paraorchestra for disabled musicians.