Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra

The Unfolding

The new No.1 Classical Chart album written for and featuring Paraorchestra is out now!

Double LP Vinyl / CD / Digital and streaming

“The scope of Hannah Peels’ latest genre-busting opus couldn’t be greater.”
★★★★ UNCUT

“gloriously individual”
★★★★ Buzz

“Balancing the beautiful with the cerebral… head and heart music.”
★★★★ Music OMH

“Fresh and original”

“A remarkable piece of work… great scale and wonder.”
Belfast Telegraph

“Serene, ethereal, and experimental: Hannah Peel & Paraorchestra’s new album, The Unfolding, is comfortably all of these things”
The Vinyl Factory

“Passage is full of delicious atonal hovering, while If After Weeks of Early Sun offers arpeggiations, banging beats and joyous string stabs.”
The Observer

“Her quest for invention and innovation and a constant pushing forwards is fast seeing her become something of an alt national treasure… it is only a matter of time before Peel is stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the neo-classical behemoths.”

5th May 2022 – The Sage, Gateshead
6th May 2022 – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
21st May 2022 – The Barbican Main Hall + Livestream, London

The Unfolding, is a major new work commissioned by Paraorchestra and Charles Hazelwood and released on the wonderful Real World Records label.
A wild and ethereal journey from the very atoms of human existence and the awakening of life, through to our eventual re-folding back into the elements.

“Paraorchestra create large scale and dynamic music experiences, blending artforms and technology to create innovative new ways of experiencing orchestral music. Their ensembles feature professional disabled and non-disabled musicians, playing a mix of analogue, digital, and assistive instruments. Paraorchestra are not only radically changing who connects with orchestral music, but, shifting the perception of disability by removing the outdated barriers that too often prevent a showcase of excellence in disabled player”


The Unfolding was written and produced by Hannah Peel

Conducted by Charles Hazlewood
Vocals: Victoria Oruwari
Vocals: Hannah Peel
Alto Flute and Flute: Chloe Vincent
Recorders: James Risdon
Bb Clarinet: Guy Passey
Bass Clarinet: Lloyd Coleman
Bassoon: Linton Stephens
Percussion: Harriet Riley
Drums: Jonny Leitch
Synths & Electronics: Hannah Peel
Programming (track 2): Kincaid
Cello 1: Tom Wraith
Cello 2: Hattie McCall Davies
Double bass: Patrick Phillip

Orchestrated for Paraorchestra by Charlotte Harding
Recorded at Real World Studios in Wilshire, England
Engineered by Oil Jacobs
Assistant Engineered by Katie May
Mixed by Michael Keeney at Keeney & Stronge in Bangor, Northern Ireland
Mastered by Guy Davie at Electric Mastering, London
Artwork by Barnbrook

Studio photos by York Tillyer
Track 2 written by Hannah Peel and Kincaid.
Track 1 features words inspired by Robert Macfarlane’s Underland

Thank you to Adrian Utley for his time and synths during our R&D period, Bristol 2019
With thanks for the support of Steve Varden on electronics and Georgie Ward on synths during rehearsal

All tracks are published by Mute Song except for Track 1 Mute Song/Copyright Control and Track 2 Mute Song/District 6 Publishing

Hannah Peel is managed by Steve Malins at Random Music Management

As a registered charity, Paraorchestra are grateful for the support of their core funders: Arts Council England; The Mark Leonard Trust; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Bristol City Council Garfield; Weston Foundation.

With thanks to: Jonathan Harper, Hannah Williams Walton, Laura Evans, Helen Edwards, Nicci Bailey, Gemma Brooks, Zoe Miller, Nick Carling, Nathalie Blue, Amanda Jones, York Tillyer, Matt Osborne, Chris Roberts, Will Burns, Max Porter, Robert Macfarlane, Tim Allen, Marina Abramovic, Todd Eckert and everyone at Real World.