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Lockdown Update 2020

Read the latest news from the Multi-Story Orchestra who have two new lockdown stories to share.

'Going digital'

Jude Carlton, percussionist, talks about his experience of working with Multi-Story during lockdown, and how he has had to adapt to a new digital way of keeping music education alive.

Black Lives Matter.

Following the M-SO's statement in June responding to the Black Lives Matter movement, Linton Stephens, Bassoonist and Audience Development Officer writes about his experience as a black classical musician and challenges he has faced in his career.

The Multi-Story Orchestra aims to bring classical music to those who have not had the opportunity to experience it before, hand in hand with their commitment to reaching disadvantaged young people.

Kate Whitley is a composer and Artistic Director of the Multi-Story Orchestra, is an Exuberant Trust award-winner.

Nocturne - Rory Carver.

Rory Carver, tenor is a recent Exuberant Trust award-winner.

Saturday 12th December 2019, 7.30pm


An original programme of French

piano music, dance and song

New College Anti-Chapel
Holywell Street
Oxford OX1 3BN

Tickets on the door: £12/£10

Diane Hinds, piano  Rory Carver, tenor

Joëlle Pappas, dancer/choreographer


Music by Faure, Debussy and Hahn

More details at

Ben Pearson

Here Comes Hell

Here Comes Hell film poster

Ben Pearson, Composer, Musician

Completion of Film Here Comes Hell

Exuberant Trust award-winner Ben Pearson is a composer, musician and music teacher having earned a degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  Ben has currently been composing and working on the soundtrack for the film Here Comes Hell, a black and white comedy horror being made by Trashouse Films. The film has now been successfully released and will be submitted for viewing at several film festivals.

For more infomation about the film, please see the links below:


IMDb page IMDb is an online database of information related to films.

The Kickstarter fundraising page, partly used to raise funds to make the film.

A selection of photos on Dropbox showing the production of the film and the soundtrack being recorded in a studio.

Eleanor Voak

Eleanor Voak

Eleanor Voak - Winner of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Prize 2017

Eleanor Voak Trophy

The trophy that Eleanor received as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Young Musician of the Year 2017

Eleanor Voak News 2017/2018

We are delighted to share some exciting news about Eleanor Voak who plays contrabassoon, bassoon and recorder.


In 2017, Eleanor was selected as the winner of the Bournemouth Symphony Instrumental Prize by the panel of judges at the age of 13. The BSO Instrumental Prize is a recital class covering the six instrumental disciplines: piano, strings, brass, woodwind, accordions and percussion and is open to all instrument players up to the age of 18 and of a minimum standard of Grade 8.

Eleanor will be awarded a prize consisting of a cheque for £250, sponsored by The Doreen Merrifield Bursary; the BSO Instrumental Prize Trophy, the opportunity to perform at the BMCF Festival Concert held at the Pavilion Theatre, as well as the chance to spend a day with the BSO.

Having won a first prize in the regional competitions for Jugend Musiziert, Germany in January 2018, Eleanor has just been awarded another first prize on second level, the Landeswettbewerb. This means that she will now progress to the final stage of the competition, the Bundeswettbewerb (nationals).

On 3rd March 2018, Eleanor competed in the Piano, Woodwind & Brass section of the Springboard Festival, Brighton & Hove, after which she was named as “Springboard´s most promising woodwind player”. Eleanor has already acheived Grade 8 in both bassoon, contrabasson and the recorder and is now working towards her DipABRSM exams in all three instruments.

In July, Eleanor (now 14 years) passed her recorder diploma with a distinction (2 marks off full marks). With bassoon and recorder diplomas completed, she will now concentrate on performance!

Eleanor is an Exuberant Trust award-winner and performed at Music at The Limes in 2016, in aid of the Trust.

Emily Stapleton-Jeffries

Ceramics and Glass Artist - Update

Artist Emily Stapleton-Jeffries is currently in her second year studying an MA in Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art in London, having achieved a First Class Honours Degree in BA Decorative Arts at Nottingham. Emily would like to work as a Ceramic Artist and also teach Ceramics after her studies.

Emily sent us an update of her studies and some photographs of her work. She said:

“My first year went by so quickly and I learnt so many skills from my fellow students and the wonderful tutors and technicians. My first project was - creating a response to an object of our choosing from the Ceramics gallery in the V&A museum. Our second project was involved with food and our third project was about site specificity. We also wrote a dissertation and I'm so happy to report that I received a distinction! I was also very fortunate as I received a travel bursary so in the summer travelled from China to Russia, through Mongolia, by train. This first term of second year has gone so quickly and I have been very involved in a whole variety of activities. This year we can direct our work ourselves which is very liberating, and at the moment I'm focusing on exploring clay and glaze in an intuitive manner making large, ambiguous forms that drip and run and are related to touch, and nature and the landscape”.

Photographs of art by Emily Stapleton-Jefferis - Exuberant Trust award-winner.

Drishti Dance

7.15pm Saturday, 22nd July


A Drishti Dance Production

The Oakwood Centre

Headley Road


Berkshire RG5 4JZ

Tickets £12 / £9 available at the door

Choreography - Anuradha Chaturvedi

Tabla - Janan Sathiendran

Sitar - Veena Sathiendran

Sama is the first beat of the rhythm cycle – the beginning and the final resolution. Sama brings together a delightful evening of music, movement and poetry through an interpretive performance of Kathak, presented by Reading’s own dance company Drishti Dance. The evening features live dance and music ensemble presenting exquisite Kathak compositions both contemporary and traditional drawn from ancient Indian philosophy, mythology, folklore and Indo-Persian literature. Seamlessly intertwined with dizzying display of the virtuosity of the form, it is a celebration of dance, music and literature. Venue

Anuradha Chaturvedi is an Exuberant Trust award-winner.

Kate Whitley

photo by Ambra Vernuccio

Kate Whitley News 2017

New Release on NMC,

BBC-Commissioned Piece &

Multi-Story Orchestra - Summer 2017 Events

Read about Kate Whitley's exiting news for 2017 below. Kate is a Composor and Pianist and former Exuberant Trust award-winner.

I Am I Say - Kate Whitley

I Am I Say by Kate Whitley

I Am I Say is a new release by Kate Whitley in NMC's Debut Discs series. The album comprises a wide-ranging repertoire of Kate's compositions ranging from piano miniatures and chamber works to a concerto and the album title track for children’s choir and The Multi-Story Orchestra. More information about this album and how to purchase a CD copy can be found here.

Speak Out - Kate Whitley

Malala Yousafzai whose words influenced Speak Out by Kate Whitley

BBC Radio 3 celebrated International Women's Day (8 March) with a host of special programming, including a new BBC-commissioned piece by Kate Whitley, Speak Out setting the text of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s historic 2013 UN speech to music for the first time. Speak Out, uses extracts from Malala’s speech about every girl’s right to an education. The piece was world premiered by the BBC National Orchestra, the Chorus of Wales with Cor y Cwm (Youth Choir Of The Year) at the BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff, led by Principal Guest Conductor Xian Zhang and it was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on the same evening. Hear a clip on the BBC website here.

Multi-Storey Orchestra

Multi-Story Orchestra 2017

The Multi-Story Orchestra, co-founded by Kate Whitley (also Artistic Director) has announced its Summer 2017 programme. The Multi-Story Orchestra performs classical and chamber music in the Bold Tendancies Peckham car park every summer as well as taking the orchestra around schools in a Tour Bus and running choir projects. Watch a video trailer here.

Tarrare the Freak

Tom Poster's New Opera:

The Depraved Appetite of

Tarrare the Freak

Wilton’s Music Hall, London

30th January - 18th February 2017

The North Wall, Oxford

8th March - 9th March

Tom Poster, pianist and composer has a particularly exciting set of events taking place between 30th January and 18th February at Wilton’s Music Hall, London in which he features as composer, pianist and curator.

There will be a 15-performance run of his chamber opera, The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, written in collaboration with his brother Tobi Poster and presented by Wattle & Daub, featuring a multi-talented cast of two singers, two instrumentalists and two puppeteers (of which Tobi is one), who operate over 20 puppets of all shapes and sizes. There will also be two performances at The North Wall, Oxford on 8th March - 9th March.

The opera is based on the true story of Tarrare, an 18th-century French revolutionary spy and circus freak with an insatiable appetite for live cats, snakes, and the occasional amputated limb!


Tom has also been invited to programme and perform in three concerts at Wilton's Hall, drawing on themes from the opera:

7.30pm, Thursday 2nd February


Mark Simpson (clarinet), Elena Urioste (violin),

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Tom Poster (piano)

Ravel, Debussy & Messiaen

7.30pm, Thursday 9th February


Winnie Brückner (vocalist),

Ronan Collett (baritone), Tom Poster (piano)

Thursday 16th February


Tom Poster (piano)

Schubert, Schumann, Ravel, Gershwin & Chopin

Read more about the show in a piece Tom wrote for The Times about monsters; and in an interview for The Cusp Magazine.

Tom Poster, is an internationally renowned pianist and composer and originally from Oxford. Although Tom is not an Exuberant Trust award-winner, we are honoured to mention his work in this section; he performed a concert in aid of the Exuberant Trust in 2012 and performs with Mark Simpson (Exuberant award-winner) on 2nd February at the Wilton Hall, London.

Debut Album Release by Adam Taylor

Volume - Zuntz

Jazz guitarist Adam Taylor, leader of jazz trio Zuntz, has released their debut Album Volume (December 2016), with tracks available to download or on CD. Zuntz will be bringing their blend of contemporary jazz, collective improvisation and groove music to venues across Europe in 2017.

Adam also plays with quartet Neon and the Deons and is part of a duo project with singer Vera Naus in which the two set Shakespeare sonnets to music.

7.30pm, Saturday, 9th July

Wantage Summer Festival 2016

Brahms, Schubert, Strauss

Sarah Barnett - soprano, Raymond Brien - clarinet, Graham Blyth - piano

The Hall at Challow Park

Challow Road, Wantage OX12 9RH

Parking at King Alfred’s Academy school

Tickets: £10 (£5 for 18 and under)


Raymond Brien is an

Exuberant Trust award-winner.

7.30pm, Saturday, 11th June

Drishti Dance presents: Chaturang

Four exquisite Kathak works exploring the versatility of the dance tradition.

Concept by Anuradha Chaturvedi.

Pegasus Theatre

Magdalene Road, Oxford OX4 1RE

Tickets: £13/ £9 (£6 under 18) More info

Anuradha Chaturvedi is an

Exuberant Trust award-winner.

6.30pm Sunday, 5th June


Jazz Guitar with Vocals & Bass

Adam Taylor

The Wine Café

38 South Parade


Oxford OX2 7JN

Adam Taylor is an Exuberant Trust award-winner.

Help IMPROVISO ensemble play

at Styriarte Festival by

'Liking' their video!

Fatima Lahham's ensemble IMPROVISO would like to be selected to play at Styriarte Festival, Austria (summer 2016) and are asking for support by publicising a video recorded at their concert at Middle Temple Hall and asking people to watch and 'Like' it on YouTube. She says: “we've made a video from one of our concerts at Middle Temple Hall to enter a selection process to perform at the Styriarte Festival in Austria this summer. We are trying to circulate it as widely as possible in order to get as many votes (or 'likes' on youtube) as possible. Anyone with a gmail/youtube account can vote, so if you would like to share this with anyone who might like to support us that would be wonderful!”.

'Like' IMPROVISO's video on YouTube to help them play at Styriarte Festival

Fatima is also involved with the Concerts for Syria project that she set up in 2015, to facilite and promote fundraising concerts that support Syrian refugees, via the Save the Children's Syria Appeal. Fatima has an online donation page here.

Mark Simpson

Pleasure - Mark Simpson

Opera by Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson - Night Music

Album by Mark Simpson

Southbank Award 2016

South Bank Times Breakthrough Award

Mark Simpson, Composer, Clarinettist

and Rising Star in 2016

English composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson has already gained three huge achievements this year.

Pleasure is Mark's first opera composition, written in collaboration with librettist Melanie Challenger and comissioned by The Royal Opera, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North. Pleasure opens on 28th April in Leeds and will run until 14th May, also in Liverpool, Snape and London.

Mark's first album Night Music (released on the Debut Discs label, NME Recordings) is a collection of chamber music pieces spanning the last 10 years of his creative output. The recording features artists such as the Mercury Quartet, Ensemble 10/10, Guy Johnston, Nicholas Daniel and Richard Uttley.

South Bank Times Breakthrough Award Nomination Mark Simpson has been nominated for the South Bank Times Breakthrough award under the category 'Classical' for his achievements within the contemporary classical genre. The winner will be announced on the 5th of June at the annual South Bank Sky Arts Awards, chosen exclusively by the general public. You can vote for Mark here.

RPS Music Awards

Multi-Story win RPS Music Award

Many congratulations go to

Multi-Story, who have won the

2015: Audiences and Engagement Category of the RPS Music Awards, announced in May 2016.

Multi-Story is a project that brings classical music to unexpected places, run by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark and has been resident orchestra at Bold Tendencies in a multi-storey Car Park in Peckham, London since 2011. Kate Whitley is a former Exuberant Trust grant award-winner.


Katy Whitley & Chris Stark of Multi-Story, winner of the RPS Music Award for Audiences and Engagement photo credit Simon Jay Price

Multi-Story Summer 2016 trailer

An update about Fiona McAlear jeweller and silversmith.

Contemporary Jewellery & Hair Accesories

A Most Curious Wedding Fair

11-13th March

Fiona will be showcasing her floral themed creations at A Most Curious Wedding Fair 11-13th March 2016. Held at the Truman Brewery London, AMCWF is a carefully curated show of unique exhibitors, to give you plenty of inspiration for the year to come!

A unique combination of fine White Silver and rich Yellow Gold. Her bridal range, Ivy & Orange blossom is aimed at women who long for feminine, delicate yet contemporary accessories for their special day.

Find out about Fiona's latest jewellery collections and news on her website here.

Concerts for Syria

Exuberant Trust award-winner Fatima Lahham is currently involved with the Concerts for Syria project that she set up in 2015, to facilite and promote fundraising concerts and music events that support Syrian refugees.

The funds raised will go to the Save the Children's Syria Appeal and Fatima has an online donation page here. Fatima has also raised funds for the Appeal by running the London Marathon 2016, with her recorder! Please do consider supporting this extremely worthy cause either online or in person at one of the concerts if you can get there!

An update about Fiona McAlear and Rachel Wood, who are both jewellers/silversmiths.

Contemporary Jewellery & Hair Accesories

Read about Fiona's latest jewellery collections and news here.

Rachel specialises in handmade bespoke pieces for all sporting and country enthusiasts. Read more about her new collections and news here.

Exuberant Award-Winners at

The Proms 2015!

Cheryl Frances-Hoad

Photograph by Matt Smith Photography

On 20th July 2015, the world premiere of composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad's piece From the Beginning of the World, a new tribute to Thomas Tallis, will be performed at Cadogan Hall, as part of a concert including several choral works by this 16th Century choral composer, including perhaps his most famous piece Spem in alium.

More information and clips of the concert can be found on the BBC Proms website here.

On 22nd July 2015, clarinettist, composer and conductor Mark Simpson is the soloist in Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto at the Royal Albert Hall.

More information and clips of the concert can be found on the BBC Proms website here.

Mark Simpson

Photograph by Kaupo Kikkas

Exuberant Trust award-holder Anna Shackleton and Rossella Rubini

Folk Song Recital for Voice and Piano, with music by Ravel, Rodrio & Falla

7.00pm, Tuesday, 24th March

Matrix Music School & Arts Centre, 15-17 The Nursery, Sutton Courtenay, Oxforshire OX14 4UA.

Suggested donation £12.00 with wine, cheese & Italian chocolate.

Concert proceeds towards funding a European concert series.

Fiona McAlear, Jeweller and Silversmith is an Exuberant Trust award-winner.

Read about her latest news, including her shows and this spring and the launch of her new collection here.

Picture left: Coral Silver and Dove Grey Pearl Dress Ring by Fiona McAlear, Floral Collection 2015.

Rachel Elizabeth Wood, Jeweller and Silversmith is launching her new collection on 6th - 8th March at the Desire Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.

Read more here.

Rachel is an Exuberant Trust award holder.

Former Exuberant Trust award-winner and performer Kate Whitley is the Kettle’s Yard New Music Programmer for 2015. Read an interview with Kate on the Kettle's Yard website about her new post there. Kettle’s Yard is the University of Cambridge’s modern and contemporary art gallery and also hosts a series of Student Lunchtime, New Music and Chamber concerts.

Kate is also a composer, pianist and founder of The Multi-Story Orchestra, a project that brings classical music to unexpected places. It began in 2011 with a performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for 100 musicians in a Car Park in Peckham Rye, London. The Multi-Story Orchestra plays in the Car Park every summer as well as touring schools, playing in night clubs, and running choir and education projects across the country. Kate’s work in bringing classical music out of the concert hall and into new contexts has been hailed as part of “the most exciting development in classical music for decades, if not centuries”, The Times.

'Alive' composed by Kate Whitley to words by Holly McNish
performed in Peckham Rye multi-storey Car Park, 20th June 2014 by Children's Choir & Multi-Storey Car Park, conducted by Christopher Stark.

Oxford based theatre company

Idle Motion

premiere their new piece

That Is All You Need To Know

May 2013

8.00pm, The North Wall,

South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN.

Tickets: £13.00/ £11.00

(limited number of £5.00 student tickets available).

Box Office: 01865 319450

Sole Rebel Tap present Tapestry, a performance of live music and contemporary tap dance with a twist!

7.30pm, Monday, 4th March 2013

Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE

Tickets: £12.00/£8.00/£6.00 from

Award-winners Hannah De Cancho, dancer/choreographer and Rowan Perkins, Composer

are part of this dance project.


Award-winners Macamu will be performing two shows for children at the Pegasus Theatre, Oxford on Thursday, 24th January 2013 at 1.30pm and 4.40pm.

Macamu and the Magic Band

A song packed adventure with a 4-piece band, puppets, story telling and beautiful visuals.

1.30pm show £5 adults, £3 children;

4.30pm show £7 adults, £5 children.

Connect with Macamu on Facebook

John Ireland Anniversary Concert

with the

The Albion Chamber Ensemble

Friday, 23 November 2012, London.

With former award-winners:

Jonathan Rees (cello) and James Toll (violin).

Watch a short film about TROSP (The Rite of Spring Project - part of Bold Tendancies) and its Peckham schools tour in April 2012.

The 50-piece TROPS orchestra visits four schools hoping to inspire primary school children resulting in some positive feedback.

TROSP was co-founded by Kate Whitley, a past Exuberant Trust award-winner.

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