PLACES STILL AVAILABLE to perform with us!


The Multi-Story Youth Choir is back for another fun summer of music-making. And this year, we're starting The Multi-Story Youth Ensemble so that instrumentalists can come and perform with us too!

This free holiday activity will run from Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 August 2018.

The Multi-Story Youth Choir will be working with singer-songwriters Abimaro Gunnell and Fran Lobo to create a brand new piece that they will perform with The Multi-Story Orchestra and conductor Christopher Stark. The choir is open to anyone aged 8-12 who lives in or near Peckham. You don’t need to have any previous experience singing to take part.

And The Multi-Story Youth Ensemble will be working with conductor Christopher Stark and musicians from The Multi-Story Orchestra on a piece specially written by composer Kate Whitley called The Animals. The ensemble is open to anyone aged 11-18 who lives in or near Peckham and plays an orchestra instrument. It doesn't matter if you've only just started learning or have played your instrument for many years. The music will be specially written for you to play with The Multi-Story Orchestra.

The Youth Choir sessions will run from 10am-4pm and the Youth Ensemble sessions from 4.30-6.30pm in Peckham every day from Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 August 2018. And 10am-4pm for everyone on Saturday 4 August, with the final performance taking place at 3pm at Bold Tendencies Car Park Peckham. You can find out more information about the performance here.

To take part, parents/guardians will need to complete the sign-up and consent form by Friday 13 July 2018. Please note that there are only a limited number of places available. It is not possible to sign up for both the youth choir and youth ensemble.



A detailed schedule for the project will be sent nearer the time to everyone who's signed up. If you have any questions in the meantime, or if any parents are interested in helping out as chaperones for the project, please contact Kate Green by email

With thanks to the following for their generous support of this project:
John and Susan Bower Fund, Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust, The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation, Rivers Foundation

Local stars turn out to help fundraise for The Multi-Story Orchestra

Comedian, writer and director Richard Ayoade and renowned soprano Kate Royal have performed at a fundraising gala evening in aid of raising much-needed funds for local orchestra The Multi-Story Orchestra. The sold-out event took place in the Victorian waiting room at Peckham Station, which has been closed to the public for over 50 years.  
Ticket-holders were treated to Richard Ayoade and Multi-Story’s Francesca Barritt comic performance of Ferdinand the Bull for solo violin and narrator, Handel’s arias were beautifully delivered by Kate Royal and the Orchestra, led by conductor Christopher Stark performed Mozart Divertimento in D, and were accompanied by singers from John Donne primary school for an emotional performance of One in a Million. 
Guests enjoyed arrival drinks courtesy of the Coal Rooms, which is housed in the former train station ticket office, and one lucky guest will experience a Multi-Story Orchestra player performing for their friends and family, after winning the much-coveted raffle prize. 
Kate Whitley, founder of The Multi-Story Orchestra, said: “We’re really thrilled with the success of our first fundraising event in partnership with the Friends of the Old Waiting Room. We’d like to say a big thanks to those who performed, those who bought tickets and to our partners, Network Rail, Friends of the Old Waiting Room, Peckham Vision and Coal Rooms, for helping us make this event a huge success.  
Every year, we need to raise £100,000 a year to keep The Multi-Story Orchestra going and to ensure our ticket prices stay at £5 and £10, making what we do really accessible to everyone. We hope this will be an annual event.”