From Beethoven to Copland – Car Park Concert Proves Sponsorship Success


A multi storey car park isn’t the usual venue for an orchestral concert, and it’s not a usual sponsorship choice for Barker Gotelee either. But when we heard about the Multi-Story Orchestra event, hosted by Aldeburgh Music and held in the car park at Endeavour House in Ipswich, we jumped at the opportunity to be part of something a little different.

Aldeburgh Music Festival Director Roger Wright chose the venue after being inspired by the Multi-Story Orchestra at Peckham Rye car park in South London, which was created by a group of young musicians to tempt a new audience to classical music. And tempted we all were!

On Sunday 14th June, the team from Barker Gotelee joined a crowd of around 900 people in the car park, where we were treated to a veritable feast of musicality. The Multi-Story Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Stark, performed pieces by Beethoven and Aaron Copland, as well as a moving setting of a poem by Holly McNish.

Composed by one of Multi-Story’s founders, Kate Whitley, this musical setting of the poem included performances by the children from Cantabile Youth Choir, as well as Northgate High School, Rushmere Hall Primary School and Sidegate Community Primary Schools.

Watching as the audience were enthralled and inspired, Multi-Story was a wonderful event to be involved in and, as sponsors and avid supporters of Aldeburgh Music, we wish them every success with the rest of this fortnight-long celebration of music.