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Project information

The Multi-Story Youth Choir

The Multi-Story Youth Choir gives young people from Peckham and the surrounding area the opportunity to take part in high-quality music-making with professional musicians, supporting them to develop their creative and musical skills.

August 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Multi-story Music

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  • Need


    It is widely proven that taking part in singing and creative music-making activities can have a profound positive effect on young people. However, changes in the school curriculum and cuts to school budgets mean that there are fewer opportunities for young people to get involved in high-quality musical activities. This is only exacerbated by minimal free holiday activities for young people to take part in music-making activities, no matter what their previous musical experience.


    Through their involvement in the choir, the participants (most of whom have little or no previous experience of classical music) will have the chance to take part in regular music-making activity, developing their vocal and creative music skills alongside professional musicians. The choir will provide an inspirational and transformative opportunity for local young people, widening their social and cultural horizons, and building new skills and confidence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For young people to develop creative music-making & vocal skills


    » The choir will work with a professional music leader across three days to create their own piece of music to perform in a public concert
    » The choir will work with a professional choir leader in a series of vocal workshops to develop their vocal skills

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through evaluation with the young people and our professional music leaders, confirming that they enjoyed the experience and learned new skills

    Aim 2

    For young people to develop confidence and teamwork


    » The choir will work together to create a new piece of music across three days, culminating in a public performance alongside a professional orchestr

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through evaluation with the young people and our music leaders, confirming that they enjoyed the project, made new friends and shared new experiences

    Aim 3

    That anyone, no matter what their previous experience, can take part in high quality music-making


    » The choir will be supported by professional musicians and take part in a public performance at the renowned Bold Tendencies Car Park Peckham.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through evaluation with participants and audiences confirming that it was a positive experience and that the process and performance were high quality

  • Impact


    The project will provide an inspiring and creative opportunity for young people to participate in high-quality music-making. It will build a long-lasting relationship with local families and schools and enable us to continue running choir projects in the future. We will also offer further opportunities for participants to attend other Multi-Story Orchestra events and workshops in Peckham. We will track our communications with participants and their ongoing engagement with Multi-Story activity.


    Participants drop-out: we identify participants in partnership with local schools and music services and have strong relationships with local families, ensuring we are well placed to replace any late drop outs.


    We will send donors three email reports including an introduction to the project, an update whilst the project is taking place and a report sharing highlights and feedback once the project is complete. All donors will be invited to the public performance as the culmination of this project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,520 Youth Choir Workshops Workshop leader and musician fees for four days of Youth Choir workshops, rehearsals and performance
      £480 Lunch & refreshments Healthy food and refreshments for participants including lunch on each day of the project
  • Background


    The Multi-Story Youth Choir is based in Peckham, South-East London and will perform at Bold Tendencies Car Park. The participants will be drawn from a number of local schools in Southwark and Lewisham, all of which have a diverse population and above average numbers of pupils eligible for Pupil Premium and free school meals.


    The main beneficiaries will be the members of the youth choir – 60 young people aged 8-12. They will take part in four days of intensive music workshops and rehearsals, culminating in a public performance to audiences of up to 600 people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The choir first came together in 2017 to perform in the BBC Proms at Bold Tendencies. Their performance was widely acclaimed: “these young performers summoned a musical maturity all their own – their focus unfaltering...their eyes alight” ***** (The Guardian). We received much positive feedback from participants and families showing huge demand for the activity to continue. We are well placed to do this through our community connections and experience of delivering high-quality music activity.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kate Whitley & Christopher Stark

    Our founding directors conductor Christopher Stark and composer Kate Whitley have led all our hugely successful work to date and will lead on delivery

    Project Partners Including Bold Tendencies, Local Schools, Southwark Music Service And Lewisham Music

    Our partners will help us identify participants and Bold Tendencies will host the Youth Choir for their performance with The Multi-Story Orchestra.

The Multi-Story Choir was the most amazing experience for my daughter and her family too...we cannot believe so much was achieved in such a short space of time. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this project, it has truly enriched my daughter's life.

Parent of Youth Choir participant