Multi-Story is a project that brings classical music to unexpected places, run by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark.

Forget fusty concert halls, the future of music is emerging in a municipal car park” (The Times, 2011).

It has been resident orchestra at Bold Tendencies in a multi-storey Car Park in Peckham, London since 2011.

Its performances, which have included Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Sibelius’ Symphony no. 5 and Brahms’ Symphony no. 1, have attracted audiences of more than 1,000 people: “Where are classical music’s next generations of listeners? They were there, before us, a thousand of them” (The Arts Desk, 2011). Its unusual approach to presenting classical music has been widely celebrated: “no gimmicks, not even a spoken introduction, just raucous applause and hard, keen listening from the shocked, fascinated and enchanted crowd who came to listen” (Gramophone, 2014).

The Orchestra has been broadcast by Sky TV and Channel 4, and featured in BBC 4’s 2013 documentary ‘The Sound and the Fury’, and in 2015 and 2016 Multi-Story was shortlisted for an RPS award for an outstanding initiative to engage audiences with classical music.

Multi-Story also regularly performs in schools and working with amassed school and community groups who perform specifically commissioned pieces with The Orchestra: “Anyone who doubts the value of music education should get down to this concrete jungle and watch its effects in action” (The Telegraph, 2014).



Natalia Franklin Pierce – Producer & Education Manager
07708 224509

Kate Whitley – Artistic Director & Composer
07812 053838

Christopher Stark – Artistic Director & Conductor


The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Bold Tendencies
GFTA Arts Council England
Sky Arts Academy Scholarships
The Leche Trust
Ernest Cooke Trust
PRS For Music Foundation
Fenton Arts Trust
Golsoncott Foundation
Co-operative Community Fund
The Robin Leith Trust
Idlewild Trust
Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust
The Dischma Charitable Trust
Derek Butler Trust
Ambache Trust
The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust
The Aspinwall Educational Trust
The Rivers Foundation
The Radcliffe Trust
The Lucille Graham Trust
The Peter Minet Trust
The Garrick Club Charitable Trust
The Leathersellers Company Charitable Trust
The Aspinwall Educational Trust
The Golsoncott Foundation
The Austin Hope and Pilkington Trust
The Bernarr Rainbow Trust
Sir Ewen and Lady Sara Fergusson
The Fitton Trust
The UK Friends of the Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Foundation
The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation

Multi-Story Music is a charitable incorporated organisation registered in England and Wales. Charity registration number: 1155847.