Composer and pianist Kate Whitley is currently working with a group of young people to produce ‘The Endz’, an upcoming musical drama exploring gang violence.
In conversation with Prince and several other young composers involved in the project, Kate will elaborate on the process of gathering ideas from young people, inspiring them to compose and workshopping lyrics, offering a behind-the-scenes look at this topical musical drama.
Kate Whitley is a composer and pianist. She runs The Multi-Story Orchestra, which performs in car parks around the UK: “forget fusty concert halls, the future of music is emerging in a municipal car park” (The Times). She writes music for orchestras, choirs and instrumentalists, and her work has been performed by orchestras around the world. In 2018 she wrote Sky Dances for the London Symphony Orchestra, which was performed by an orchestra of over 100 in Trafalgar Square conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Winning a 2018 Critics Circle Award, she has been described as a composer with “a strong, distinctive voice who, without compromising, communicates directly to a wide audience, within the concert hall and beyond”. NMC Recordings released a CD of her music in March 2017: “unpretentious, appealingly vigorous and visceral” (The Guardian) “a fresh and individual creative voice” (BBC Music Magazine)
Prince has a strong passion for composing film music and producing, wanting to take it up as a career. He aspires to be able to compose film and game composition for his own games - to which he has already started to create composition! – and also produce songs as a side job. He also plays guitar towards a grade 5 level and drums at grade 4 while also singing at church and formerly in his school chamber choir. He is aiming to improve his composition skills to be able to do it professionally as he loves using his creativity within music and creating pieces which will have a positive impact on whoever listens to it.