Paradox orchestra photo by Guzelian orchestra

The Leeds-based Paradox Orchestra performs a concert at Leeds Minster aimed at highlighting diminishing musical opportunities for young people thanks to cuts in classical music education and the arts. The ‘cross-over’ orchestra – one that gives classical treatments to pop hits and rock tracks – plays regularly in nightclubs and was founded in 2020 by Michael Sluman as an inclusive hub for home-grown classical young talent, with the aim of rivalling Manchester, Birmingham and London. Also, the orchestra is helping to save ‘extinct’ instruments, by breathing new life, and opportunities, for instruments such as the alto flute.