Multi-Story returns to Peckham Rye Car Park for 2014, opening with Whitley premiere and Sibelius five

- 19 June 2014

Multi-Story’s summer season launches on 20 June, with the premiere of Kate Whitley’s Alive and Sibelius’ fifth symphony being the first of five concerts performed in a south-east London car park from June to August.

Whitley’s piece will be performed by 200 children from local primary schools, and by three local community orchestras: the Lewisham Schools Sinfonia, Southwark Youth Orchestra and Peckham Chamber Orchestra. The Multi-Story Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Stark, will perform the Sibelius.

The venue is Peckham Rye Car Park, which has been at the centre of a transformation in the area’s art scene since it started hosting events in 2007.

The Multi-Story Orchestra reprises the Sibelius on 21 June, before performing Shostakovich’s cello concerto with soloist Matthew Barley on 26 July, and Louis Andriessen’s De Staat on 7 & 8 August.

The Multi-Story Orchestra, run by Whitley and Stark, gave its first performance in 2011 with The Rite of Spring. In 2012 it performed John Adams’ Harmonielehre at the car park, and in 2013 Brahms’ first symphony.

The orchestra also runs an education programme which has seen it perform in various local schools. Earlier this month, players toured local schools for the third time, performing Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro overture, ‘Moonlight’ from Britten’s Sea Interludes, John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine and the third movement of Sibelius’ fifth symphony.

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