King's alumna premières new composition


A composition by King's alumna Kate Whitley (KC 2007) was premièred in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 29th June by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the Orchestra's Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. The new piece, Sky Dances, was performed at the open air venue as part of a free concert embodying the LSO’s vision of making classical music more accessible to the wider public. After graduating from King's, Kate has made a name for herself as a talented musician and composer and now runs Multi-Story, a Peckham-based organisation bringing classical music to unconventional venues around London. In July, the Multi-Story Orchestra will be performing pieces that fuse classical music with genres including Hip Hop, Rap and R&B, with concerts taking place in multi-storey car parks in Gloucester. “Kate is not yet 30, and is already carving out an interesting role for herself, as both a performer and a composer, and a founder of one of the most exciting new music initiatives in London” – Sir Simon Rattle in the Evening Standard Kate herself will be performing in Cambridge on Sunday 8th July at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, where she will be premièring her latest two pieces, settings of the poems ‘Love, Like Water’ and ‘In Defence of Adultery’ by Julia Copus. This performance will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The full article in the Evening Standard can be found here. Details of Kate's forthcoming performance as part of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival are available on the Royal Philharmonic Society's website.

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