The Multi-Story Orchestra has been internationally renowned for its unique approach to classical music and performances that enable local young people to perform with professional musicians.
Now, the orchestra’s 9th concert series is open for all the family to enjoy amazing classical music in a unique setting, and showcases the huge wealth of young talent to be found in Peckham, with more than 500 local young people creating their own music and performing alongside The Orchestra.
The Multi-Story Orchestra will play a summer season at Bold Tendencies, the non-profit organisation responsible for the spectacular transformation of Peckham’s multi-story car park into the summertime rooftop centre for culture in London that it is today.
The Multi-Story Orchestra believes everyone should have the chance to be involved in music making, and is making this possible for hundreds of young people this summer. The Orchestra is committed to removing as many barriers to experiencing and enjoying classical music as possible, and has been widely celebrated for its success with engaging young people, winning a Royal Philharmonic Society award in 2016 and performing as part of the BBC Proms.
With a programme ranging from Stravinsky, Vivaldi, Handel and Mahler to new pieces of music created specially for the season, this promises to be an exciting summer of music making from Peckham’s local symphony orchestra:
The opening concert includes a choir of more than 100 children from John Donne, St Mary Magdalene, Kender and Harris primary schools, who are creating a new piece of music with songwriters Abimaro Gunnell and Fran Lobo based on myths and legends.
The Orchestra will also perform William Byrd’s The Bells and Kate Whitley’s Sky Dances – commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and performed in Trafalgar Square last year – with young instrumentalists from Harris Academy and St Thomas The Apostle secondary schools and from Pembroke Academy of Music in Southwark.
The season sees the return of the Multi-Story Youth Ensemble, made up of local young people aged 8-16 who perform alongside the professional musicians in the orchestra. They will be performing with celebrated soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis in a concert also featuring music by Mahler and Handel, led by Multi-Story conductor Christopher Stark.
The season comes to a close with Max Richter’s re-imagining of Vivaldi’s classic Four Seasons, featuring Multi-Story’s orchestral leader Francesca Barritt as the violin soloist, as well as one of Vivaldi’s original Concertos for string orchestra with The Youth Ensemble.
Dates, information and tickets: www.multi-story.org.uk/