Who needs the Royal Albert Hall when you can listen to orchestral manoeuvres in the car park?
While it may not be quite on the level of the last night of the proms, the Multi-Story Orchestra brings classical music to the masses – in the most bizarre of settings.
The 65-piece ensemble performed Jean Sibelius’s 5th Symphony to more than 200 people in the Peckham Rye car park in south London.
In a blog about the concert, orchestra founders Kate Whitley and Christopher Stark said: ‘It’s such a shame that the conventional packaging of classical music has defined how it is generally perceived.
‘Live, it can be one of the most exhilarating, visceral, subversive experiences; a thrill that the traditional concert-going experience can numb.’
The orchestra began in 2011, with 100 musicians performing in the same Peckham Rye car park. Along with Friday’s Sibelius, the orchestra was joined by children from local primary schools and the Lewisham Schools Sinfonia, Southwark Youth Orchestra and Peckham Chamber Orchestra to perform a new piece by
Whitley called Alive For Children’s Choir And Orchestra. The Multi-Story Orchestra will next stage a concert at the car park on July 26. General admission is £5 a person.
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22 June 2014 | 11:28 pm – Source: metro.co.uk