This new release by Kate Whitley in NMC's Debut Discs series comprises a wide-ranging repertoire – from piano miniatures and chamber works to a concerto and the album title track for children’s choir and The Multi-Story Orchestra. With lyrics by poet Sabrina Mahfouz that imagine a world which ‘beats with beauty’ and cautions against human abuse of nature around us, I am I say is performed by soprano Sarah-Jane Lewis, bass Ashley Riches and a choir made up of children from three South London primary schools.
The wildly expressive Viola Concerto was Kate’s first orchestral work and was written for Shiry Rashkovsky when they were both students. 5 Piano Pieces, recorded here by pianist Rolf Hind, is made up of five self-contained movements – declamatory, spacious, aggressive, sad and triumphant – each comprising repeated sections evoking a different and distinct mood. 3 Violin and Piano Pieces is inspired by Janá?ek’s Viola Sonata and has a similarly tense and fragmentary character, with beautiful intertwined dialogue between both instruments and Duo for Violin and Viola was written for a choreography inspired by a sculpture called 'Wrestlers' by Henri Gaudier Brzeska.
A remix is available to download of Kate Whitley's 3 Violin and Piano Pieces by Mercury nominated Olugbenga Adelekan here. This remix is in conjunction with our R:STRNG app for KS3 and KS4 students: Education resource.
The Multi-Story Orchestra
Christopher Stark conductor
Choirs from Kender, Lyndhurst and
John Donne Primary Schools (JD Singers and Community Choir)
Ashley Riches bass
Sarah-Jane Lewis soprano
Shiry Rashkovsky viola
Asher Zaccardelli viola
Eloisa-Fleur Thom violin
Kate Whitley piano
Rolf Hind piano