Last week’s concert by the Multi-Story Orchestra under conductor Christopher Stark ranged from Bach’s exquisite Chorale Prelude to John Adams’s symphonic “Harmonielebre,” described by its composer as looking to the past in a “postmodernist” spirit.
Sandwiched between the two, a new work by London composer Kate Whitley, “I am I say”, brought in the Peckham Youth Choir in a rousing call to care for the world around us, its three movements considering the sea, a tree and the sky.
The acoustics of the disused concrete structure, open to the weather on each side, are good, though in quieter works a passing train may become part of the soundscape.
In the John Adams symphony, though, the thunderous bass drum was too hard on the ears as it reverberated against the low ceiling. A restorative Pimm’s at the rooftop bar of Frank’s Cafe looking onto the London vista was needed.
Further Multi-Story Orchestra events: boldtendencies.com
Proms at… Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Car Park Peckham, London SE15 (Tickets: 020 7589 8212/bbc.co.uk/proms)