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The Multi-Story Orchestra: The Early Show

  • Eastgate Centre Rooftop Carpark Eastgate Street Gloucester, GL1 1PA (map)

Gloucester Rooftop Festival in partnership with Strike A Light and Gloucester Guildhall. With the Gloucestershire Academy of Music, The Music Works and The Multi-Story Orchestra.

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The Multi-Story Orchestra join forces with singers from local schools for Kate Whitley's I Am I Say. With lyrics by poet Sabrina Mahfouz this work imagines a world that 'beats with beauty' and cautions against human abuse of nature around us.

'A tremendous work for primary schoolchildren and orchestra. Setting Sabrina Mahfouz’s ecologically minded text to catchy refrains for the young voices, it is darkened and deepened by complex but deftly organised instrumental textures that rise to an ecstatic climax.'

Richard Morrison, The Times

The evening opens with Vivaldi's famous theme & variations La Follia performed with instrumentalists from Gloucestershire Academy of Music and a series of arias performed by Multi-Story soloists.

Vivaldi (arr. Whitley) La Follia^

Selected arias
Kate Whitley I Am I Say*

Michael Sumuel bass-baritone
Christopher Stark conductor
The Multi-Story Orchestra

^instrumentalists from Gloucestershire Academy of Music
*singers from Robinswood, Moat, Widden Primary and Tredworth Junior Schools

General Admission £10
18 - 25 years £8
Under 18 years £5
Concessions £8

(Concession tickets are available for over 65s, NHS employees, students and anyone who feels the cost of a full price ticket is a barrier to attendance. Click here for more information on our concession rates)

Multi-Story Orchestra: The Early Show will have some unreserved seating available, as well as standing room.

Photograph (c) Ambra Vernuccio

Earlier Event: July 12
Tales From The Rooftop