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The World Awakens (live)

🗓 29 October
Epic music & digital projection under a giant, floating earth! Be swept up in a brand new piece from The Multi-Story Orchestra and pupils from local schools.

🗓 29 October, various times
📍 Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
🎟 90 spaces per performance. Tickets FREE – entry by donation (must be booked in advance)


Sneak peeks

Step inside the huge hall at Gloucester Cathedral; walk underneath and stare up at a huge, floating planet Earth; then listen

The huge, floating Earth: ‘Gaia’

Car park classical music – The Multi-Story Orchestra (in pre-Covid times)

What to expect

The Multi-Story Orchestra (MSO) are famous around the world for performing beautiful, classical music…in high rise car parks around the UK.

The World Awakens is a ‘virtual performance’ of a brand new piece of music that MSO have made with pupils from schools in Gloucester.

It’s a digital orchestra – with each instrument and voice recorded separately, in people’s homes and schools, during isolation – and now all the parts are being combined together for the big finale.

Making the piece has involved The Multi-Story Orchestra, three opera soloists and a virtual choir formed of hundreds of young people and community groups from Gloucester and Southwark.

Join us on 29 October 2020 to hear the whole performance and to watch a digital animation by Mary Martins set to its soundtrack.


The World Awakens is a brand-new work by composer Kate Whitley, with text by Laura Attridge. It is the final movement of Our Future In Your Hands – commissioned by Buxton International Festival and The Royal Over-Seas League.

Composer: Kate Whitley
Text: Laura Attridge 
Animation: Mary Martins
Sound Engineer: Steve Pycroft 

Kate Royal: soprano
Sarah-Jane Lewis: soprano
Matthew Rose: bass

Commissioned by Buxton International Festival and The Royal Over-Seas League.

Funded by: Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmee Fairburn Foundation, The Hilden Charitable Fund, John and Susan Bowers Fund, Southwark Music Service, Fitton Trust.

Participating Schools:
Highnam C of E Primary Academy, Gloucester
Newent Community School, Gloucester
St Peter’s High School, Gloucester
Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park
John Donne Primary School, Peckham
Kender Primary School Lewisham
Peckham Academy of Music
Peckham Free School
St Thomas’ the Apostle School, Peckham

Awesome people who are making this event possible 🙏🎉

This performance was created by The Multi-Story Orchestra in collaboration with Strike A Light – supported by Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Culture Trust.