Event photography: Multi-story orchestra / by Nigel Rumsey


The concept of an orchestra basing itself on the seventh floor of disused multi-story car park in Peckham, South London, is not one that immediately jumps to mind. But it works, really well. I had a great time shooting the Multi-Story Orchestra before their concert last Saturday and the concert itself was superb. The event is one of many, in the car park, organised by Bold Tendencies. Viola solist with the Multi-story Orchestra in Peckham.

Being a disused car park the ceiling is low and the floors are open on all sides, so on a cold, windy, day it would have been pretty unpleasant. However, it was one of those warm clear days that can, sometimes, be a little hard to come by in London. I was lucky with the lighting, the 'stage' was lit well with a lot of small spotlights all around. So as the sun dropped the lighting worked really well picking the musicians and their sheet music out really nicely.

2nd violin with the Multi-story Orchestra in PeckhamThe multi-story orchestra are performing twice more this season, Beethoven's 7th Symphony, on the 12th & 13th September. I'd recommend it if you get the chance to get along.

Double-basse player with the Multi-story Orchestra