An extraordinary one-off performance will be held at the Old Selfridges Hotel, featuring a 44-piece orchestra and the renowned London Adventist Chorale. Written in 1930 for the Boston Symphony, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms is acknowledged to do strange and wonderful things with the symphonic form. The relationship he creates between chorus and orchestra is unique.
Conducted by Ken Burton, instrumentalists from The Multi-Story Orchestra will join one of the classical music world’s most distinctive choirs The London Adventist Chorale. Formed in 1981 the Chorale is known for bringing the sensibility and urgency of the gospel mode of delivery into the world of classical choral music. The Chorale has performed for the Queen, The US President Bill Clinton, the BBC Proms and has won the accolade of the UK’s Choir of the Year.
Part of the Music Matters at Selfridges campaign.
Bold Tendencies is a not-for-profit creative enterprise and arts organisation that has been based in Peckham, South East London, since 2007 and is located on the disused top four floors of the municipal car park. Over a 10 year period Bold Tendencies has transformed its car park home through an annual commissioning programme of visual art, classical music, poetry and literature and pioneering architectural commissions including Frank’s Cafe by Practice Architecture and the Peckham Observatory by Cooke Fawcett Architects. With immersive public spaces and spectacular views across London, the project has attracted more than one million visitors so far.
The London Adventist Chorale was formed in 1981, to bring together and develop the latent talents of singers from various Seventh-day Adventist Churches. Its current principal conductor is Ken Burton, who has conducted the choir for over two decades. The choir's first artistic director was the late John Tolman, who laid out the vision for the choir: high-standard performance of varied and challenging sacred repertoire, with a heavy leaning toward a cappella music. Fundamental to the original vision was that the choir would be of a standard to 'stand before kings and queens', a statement borrowed from a Bible verse. Throughout its years, this dream has been realised; the choir has made a strong impact on the choral world internationally through its moving performances. Its repertoire over the years has included music in Hebrew, African-American Spirituals, close harmony, and Western choral music from Renaissance through to new commissions.
The Chorale's performances have been experienced by tens of millions world-wide on stage, screen, recordings and radio appearances. The choir has performed in many of the UK's major performance venues and its performances often receive long standing ovations.
The Multi-Story Orchestra has worked in partnership with Bold Tendencies since 2011. The Orchestra presents extraordinary performances in unexpected settings. From car parks to schools and festivals, they create amazing live classical music experiences performed by incredible musicians. Winners of a 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Award, the Orchestra has been celebrated as one of the most exciting ensembles to emerge in recent years.