The Multi-Story Orchestra has worked in partnership with Bold Tendencies since 2011. Thanks to Bold Tendencies’ commitment to the Multi-Story concept and its ongoing support of the Orchestra - including providing the space for the orchestra to perform and rehearse, and significant financial and logistical support - MSO’s summer season in Peckham has grown from that first concert in 2011 to a series of orchestral performances, chamber concerts and projects with local schools as well as its BBC Proms debut in 2016.
We know that anyone, whatever their age or previous experience, can create and perform amazing classical music. And we're lucky to work with lots of brilliant schools in Peckham that agree. Thanks to Harris Academy Peckham, Hollydale, John Donne, Kender, Lyndhurst, St John and St Clements Primary Schools and St Thomas the Apostle College for believing in what we do and letting us work with their students.
We were invited to perform as part of the BBC Proms in 2016, performing music by Steve Reich from our home at Bold Tenancies car park in Peckham, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. The following year we were invited back to perform John Adam’s enormous Harmonielehre as well as Kate Whitley’s I am I say, joined by more than 100 young people from around Peckham – the launch of our Youth Choir.
southwark music Service
We've been working with Southwark Music Service since 2012 as part of the Southwark Music Hub. They exist to make Southwark musical, aiming to give every young person in Southwark access to high quality music-making opportunities. From their bustling Saturday Centre to the Southwark Community Orchestra to the David Idowu Choir, there are loads of ways to get involved.
MATTHEW BARLEY + FRASER TRAINER
If it weren't for Matthew Barley and Fraser Trainer our Living Programme Notes wouldn't exist. Matthew entrusted the Living Programme Note concept to us when we first performed with him in 2014. Since then we've continued to work regularly with Matthew and Fraser as we've developed our Living Programme Notes into an annual event.
Strike a light, Gloucester academy of music and the music works
We began working in Gloucester in 2018, as part of the Gloucester Rooftop festival which transformed King’s Walk Multi-storey and Eastgate Centre carparks into a summer season of music, theatre and performances. We worked with incredible team at Strike a Light to enable young people from Gloucester Academy of Music and emerging artists from The Music Works’ scheme to perform with The Orchestra. Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding has enabled Multi-Story to be in Gloucester.
EAST RIDING COUNCIL AND YOUTH ORCHESTRA
We first performed in East Riding in 2018, bringing Schumann’s Symphony no. 2 to Flemingate car park as part of East Riding Council’s Classically Yours programme, and we are also working with young musicians from East Riding Youth Orchestra. Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding has enabled Multi-Story to be in East Riding.
BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL SYMPHONY HALL and BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE
We first performed in Birmingham in 2017, bringing sold out performances of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 to a car park in Barclaycard Arena in partnership, and we are continuing projects in Birmingham partnership from Birmingham Conservatoire, performing alongside their young musicians. Arts Council England Strategic Touring funding has enabled Multi-Story to be in Birmingham.
We teamed up with Aldeburgh Music, as it was then called, in 2015 and 2017 to bring performances of Copland, Mozart and Beethoven to car parks in the centre of Ipswich, as well as enabling more than 200 young people from primary schools in the area to come and perform with us as an amassed choir.
We've been working with Rose Ballantyne at Blackheath Halls since 2014, with the Orchestra supporting her amazing Community Engagement Programme. We have played for six Children's Operas and many Community Choir projects since then, including Kate Whitley's new children's opera Paws and Padlocks, and we put on a joint production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in 2018.