THE MULTI-STORY ORCHESTRA: THE ENDZ
“The system rejected us when it should have protected us. This is our story”.
Told through spoken word, song, rap, and accompanied by The Multi-Story Orchestra, ‘The Endz’ tells the story of two friends torn apart, and the heartbreak caused by youth knife crime in London.
Two years ago, an incredible group of teenagers from Harris Academy Peckham asked The Multi-Story Orchestra to make a piece of music with them about gang culture, based on their own experiences and realities.
“Their creativity, passion and talent has absolutely blown us away, and we are so excited to finally bring you the first performance of ‘The Endz’ after the pandemic postponed it last year.”
The piece has been created by 20 young people from Peckham, working with singers Abimaro Gunnell and Fran Lobo, poet Yomi Sode, rapper Paul Cree, and composer Kate Whitley. The performance will be conducted by Gabriella Teychenné.
“We created this project because we wanted to let people know what our reality is as there is not enough awareness. As young people we are told that we have the power to change things; but people are still not listening to us. Nothing changes. This is our way of spreading the word and we hope people will listen.” — Nathaniel Casaclang
The Multi-Story Orchestra is more than just an Orchestra. The Multi-Story Orchestra is a community of professional musicians and young people who create extraordinary performances, tell stories and unleash creativity. "We perform in unexpected spaces and bring powerful and meaningful music to life. We believe creating the best art means involving and valuing absolutely everybody." Since The Multi-Story Orchestra's first performance here at Bold Tendencies ten years ago, they've performed in Gloucester, Birmingham, Ipswich and East Riding, and broadcast the first ever BBC Proms performance from the car park in Peckham. “They play heroically, they play loudly, and they’ll play anything…The response was ecstatic, and it deserved to be” (The New York Times); “Forget fusty concert halls, The future of music is emerging in a municipal car park” (The Times).
Presented by Bold Tendencies.
This is an all ages event.