The World Awakens

Pupils from schools in Gloucester have created a brand new piece of music alongside The Multi Story Orchestra.

The Multi Story Orchestra teamed up with pupils from schools in Gloucester to create this brand new piece of music during lockdown.

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 have been combined together to share with the world.

The creation of The World Awakens 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.

This digital recording and animation was premiered at Gloucester Cathedral in October, underneath Gaia by artist Luke Jerram.

📸 David Grange

Awesome people who made this happen 🙏💥

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


Kate Royal – Soprano
Sarah-Jane Lewis – Soprano
Matthew Rose – Bass 

With huge thanks to the schools that made up the virtual choir:

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

Generously Supported by Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Hilden Charitable Fund and the John and Susan Bowers Fund.