Charles Hazlewood Speaker, Speeches, Booking Agent | MFL Global
Charles Hazlewood

Charles Hazlewood

International conductor, founder of the world's first orchestra of disabled musicians and innovator of the classical music world

Charles Hazlewood is a conductor of international renown who uses music and passion to disrupt old paradigms and conjure a more creative and inclusive ‘new’. Two times TED speaker, Charles Hazlewood is a British conductor of international acclaim. He has conducted some of the greatest classical repertoire with some of the best orchestras in the world. But he is more than a conductor, he is a visionary with a mission to bring the ever modern joy of orchestral music to a new audience and in doing so, change lives and communities for the better.

Dubbed, the ‘British Bernstein’ by the New York Sun, Charles believes that music can overcome barriers of language, class and culture and has proved this over his career: an opera company recruited from black townships in South Africa that won the Golden Bear Award for best film at the Berlin Film Festival, a pay-what-you-can orchestral music festival attended by 1000’s of people who had never heard an orchestra live before, and the world’s first orchestra of disabled musicians, who played alongside Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics and continue to tour the world demonstrating the incredible creative talent of disabled people to new audiences all over the world. And these are just the headlines.

Charles is not only well known for what he has achieved, but how he achieved it. Eschewing the model of conductor as dictator; he has evolved a creative leadership style that has won the hearts and minds of many in the world of arts, business, education, sports, medicine and industry.  He guest-conducts orchestras around the world and is a familiar figure on British TV and radio.

All or any of Charle’s topics/themes can be presentation only, interactive with the audience alone, and/or involving an ‘imported’ group of professional musicians or singers, depending on the client’s goals. Each ‘performance’ is created bespoke to create a special uplifting, individual event.

Drawn from his real-life experiences of forging creative teams that succeed in challenging circumstances, Charles Hazlewood tailors his anecdotal, interactive presentations to the composition and contexts of each audience. Drawing metaphors between a working orchestra and a typical business environment, and instigating audience participation, he demonstrates that once you have experienced making music with others, you have experienced what it is to trust, lead, risk, succeed and thrive in the face of adversity.

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How to bring together a team of stars

Charles describes the challenge and the necessary conditions for creating this perfect team. With humorous anecdotes from his own career conducting orchestras around the world, (including hostile jokes from notoriously reluctant brass sections), Charles illustrates one of his key themes, trust. Trusting oneself, delivering a strong and clear framework whilst creating a trusting environment in which each player is enabled to shine, whilst binding the collective to achieve the best possible performance.

How to make your team into an ideas factory

Sometimes there is no score and new music is required. Conductor, Charles Hazlewood describes the process by which he creates new music with the talent in hand. Drawing on the qualities and experience of the individuals in a group - be they singers, actors, instrumentalists of any nationality, colour or physical impairment – fresh and vital work can be created with (always) limited time resources.

Will they play for me?

In this honest presentation Charles shares his journey to becoming an effective leader, from musical nobody to conductor of world renown.

Charles was one of the highlights of Google Zeitgeist... He got us laughing, crying and singing, all in the same hour. He was inspiring, funny and moving... Charles is always open to new ideas and feedback. He is a pleasure to work with: an all-round great guy.

Google Events

To describe what the Inspiring Leadership conference is all about I usually explain that it makes delegates laugh, cry and think deeply about what, how and why they do what they do. You managed to do all three.

Blackberry Productions

Thank-you so much for the most brilliant, entertaining and enlightening performance - it was absolutely a triumph and we loved having you there. Thank-you so putting so much energy and passion into your performance. The audience were delighted and I for one was very impressed with their singing- hidden talents! Well done indeed for getting such a buttoned up group to let loose. Thank-you making the whole evening such a huge success.


Normally when the speaker is wheeled in, it’s all very predictable and patronising. However, Charles ran a 2 hour work shop that managed to get the group of over 20 global managers working together more positively - it was all we could talk about at dinner, evoking debate and conversation.


Fees & Details

Fees From*

  • UK:

    £7k to £15k

  • Europe:

    £15k to £30k

  • US:

    £15k to £30k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £15k to £30k

Travels From

  • United Kingdom



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