There was barely a dry eye on Level 7 of Peckham's Multi-Storey car park on Wednesday, 8th June, as Lyndhurst Primary School's Year 5s joined St John's and St Clement's Primary School to sing with the Bold Tendencies orchestra for an evening of classic celebration.
This annual collaboration proves that music is the food of love, to be savoured by our school community, and the SE5/SE15 community as a whole - and the venue is nothing short of spectacular.
The Multi-Story Orchestra is a symphony orchestra made up of outstanding young professional musicians committed to widening access to classical music - believe me, they succeeded in this (roll over Bieber...)! The Orchestra was founded in 2011 by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark; it began with a performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for 101 musicians at Bold Tendencies, Peckham Car Park.
This year's programme included:
- Bach – Sleepers wake (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme) BWV 140 orchestrated by Kate Whitley
- Whitley – I am, I say for children’s choir and orchestra to words by Sabrina Mahfouz (Year 5 helped compose a unique third verse for this event, which they sang, with the orchestra)
- Handel – Piangero from Guilio Cesare, with soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis and bass Ashley Riches. (The award-winning soloists' voices lifted us away from the concrete car park into a blooming garden of melodic sound.)
Take a look at our Gallery, c/o Bold Tendencies and Multi-Story, and some parents!
Multi-Story’s previous performances of Kate Whitley’s works for children’s choir and orchestra have been hailed by The Telegraph as ‘moving, and beautifully performed’ and listed in their ‘five best classical music moments of 2015’. We couldn't put it better ourselves.
Well done everyone, and thanks to all for coming to support these amazing young performers. Next year's event is only 51 weeks away but in the meantime, Bold Tendencies have a great Summer programme to follow. Watch this space and please, join us next time.