King's alumna organises music outreach project in multi-storey car park

Kate Whitley talking to school children
Kate Whitley talking to school children
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King's alumna and composer Kate Whitley (KC 2007) has organised a music event for school children in a multi-storey car park in London. The event will enable more than 200 children from Peckham to perform as an amassed choir and symphony orchestra.

It will take place on 1 and 2 July and will feature a new commission by Kate, called I am I say, which has been written in collaboration with British Egyptian poet Sabrina Mahfouz. The piece will be performed by a huge ensemble of professional musicians alongside local school children in the spectacular setting of Peckham Car Park.

Kate organised the event with conductor Christopher Stark, with whom she founded Multi-Story, a project that aims to take classical music to unexpected places.

The project has already received widespread acclaim: “Anyone who doubts the value of music education should get themselves down to this concrete jungle and watch its effects in action” (The Daily Telegraph, 2014), and in 2015 was shortlisted for a Royal Philharmonic Society award for an outstanding initiative to widen access to classical music.

For more information about the event see the Multi-Story website.

3 June 2015