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.”