Charles Hazlewood is one of Britain's foremost conductors, a celebrated composer and founder of the British Paraorchestra. By working with a host of performers he's blazed a trail that knows no bounds, from working with the rawest new South African vocal talent, to collaborations with bell ringers, Grime MCs, and most recently the rapper, Professor Green and Labrinth.
Now he's bringing his genre-busting music to a radical reworking of The Beggar's Opera called 'Dead Dog in a Suitcase' with a powerful sound track that includes trip hop, folk, Renaissance polyphony, psychedelia, ska, grime and dubstep.
Kneehigh Theatre company's performance of 'Dead Dog in a Suitcase' will be performed as part of the 2016 New Zealand Festival which will welcome artists from all over the world to Wellington from 26th of February - 20 March.
LISTEN to Kathryn Ryan's interview with Charles Hazlewood.