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Performer: Christopher Stark


Christopher Stark began as a cellist, playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before studying at Trinity College, Cambridge and with Jorma Panula in Finland.

As Assistant Conductor for the Glyndebourne Festival and Glyndebourne on Tour, he worked on productions of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for which he received the Lefever Award in 2014, Orlando Gough’s Imago and Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He has worked extensively with English Touring Opera and is looking forward to conducting Le nozze di Figaro for the company in 2019.

He is co-founder and co-Artistic Director with composer Kate Whitley of the RPS Award winning Multi-Story Orchestra, with whom he made a critically acclaimed BBC Proms debut this year, playing a programme of Steve Reich pieces. With Multi-Story, Christopher has appeared at the Aldeburgh and Brighton festivals as well as at an annual summer orchestral festival in a Peckham Car Park. Their first performance was The Rite of Spring in 2011; since then repertoire has included symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms and Sibelius, as well as large-scale 20th-century works such as John Adams’s Harmonielehre and Andriessen’s De Staat.

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LondonKate Whitley & The Multi-Story Orchestra

© Ambra Vernuccio
The Multi-Story Orchestra; Christopher Stark; Sarah-Jane Lewis; Fra Rustumji; Abel Selaocoe; Unknown
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A warm, but basic Figaro from ETO

Rachel Redmond (Susanna) and Nadine Benjamin (Countess) © Jane Hobson
ETO's production of Mozart's nuptial comedy, being performed in towns across the country, lacks depth but has some terrific singing with a particularly fine Susanna from Rachel Redmond.
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Proms at... Bold Tendencies Multi-Storey Carpark

Tuba player Sasha Koushk-Jalali from The Multi-Story Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
A novel venue provided the unusual setting for an engaging and impressive performance by the Multi-Story Orchestr and Multi-Story Youth Choir of music by JS Bach, Kate Whitley and John Adams.
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Promming in the Car Park

The Multi-Story Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
The Proms left its plush crimson comfort zone of the Royal Albert Hall and headed down to Peckham in south-east London for two concerts of muisc by Steve Reich, given by the Multi-Story Orchestra in a disused car park
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Captivating new percussion works from Nonclassical at Oval Space

Joby Burgess, Christopher Stark and Multi-Storey Orchestra rehearse the Concerto for Bass Drum and O ©  Kat Waters
The second instalment of Nonclassical’s “Pioneers of Percussion” Festival last Saturday at Oval Space in east London paired two classics of the percussion repertoire with two new works, and featured the young and ambitious Multi-Story Orchestra. It is a great testament to the quality of these new works that they not only held their own, but were indeed the highlights of the evening.
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