Founded by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark, Multi-Story arrived in Peckham five years ago. They have since performed to 1,000-strong audiences, featured on television and been nominated for awards. Run on a not-for-profit basis and devoted to community interaction in both London and Ipswich, they have been hailed as the future of the orchestra. All tickets cost a mere £5.
This year’s line-up introduces a new chamber strand, set within Practice Architecture’s round ‘strawditorium’. Together, they carve a distinctive path through modern music. The first session, on Sunday 16th August, features Debussy’s Sonata for Harp, Flute and Violin (1915) placed beside the composer’s solo works for each instrument. A week later on the 23rd August, it is the turn of Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps (1941), a prismatic odyssey that remains one of the crucial works of the twentieth century. Founder Kate Whitley will play piano. Finally, on the 6th September, four percussions will exult in John Cage’s works for their instruments, along with his Living Room Music (1940), which uses household objects.
The main attraction remains the pairs of large-scale concerts, however. First up, on the 8th and 9th August, are the first three movements of Gerald Grisey’s Les Espaces Acoustiques (1974-85), a staggering achievement that ranks alongside the most captivating music of the post-war period. Then, on the 12th and 13th September, the orchestra will reach back in time to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 (1811-2), amongst the composer’s most propulsive, joyful work. It will be preceded by the ‘Living Program Note’, an immersive experience across the whole car park that seeks to create personal connections to Beethoven’s masterpiece.
|What||Multi-Story Orchestra 2015, Peckham Car Park|
|Where||Peckham Multi-Story Car Park, Peckham, London, SE15 | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Elephant & Castle (underground)|
08 Aug 15 – 13 Sep 15, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Multi-Story website|