The Endz - The Multi-Story Orchestra (c) Ambra Vernuccio

2023: Impact

supported by OUP Music in its centenary year

For an outstanding initiative, individual or organisation in the UK that practically engaged and set out to have a lasting impact on the lives of people who may not otherwise experience classical music, demonstrating the positive, empowering role it can play in society.

The Endz - The Multi-Story Orchestra

'All of us in music have something to learn from The Endz. It’s the remarkable consequence of The Multi-Story Orchestra devoting itself to its Peckham community. When local teenager Malcolm Mide-Madariola was killed, standing up for a friend in a knife fight, Multi-Story’s young participants wanted to make a piece – to express their feelings, and their views on the injustices and inequalities they face. Here is music helping a community to heal and be heard. Here we witness what energy, catharsis and unity come from giving people the opportunity to be part of the music.'

Also shortlisted:

      The 2023 shortlist for Impact was decided by an independent panel drawn from across the music profession comprising:

      Alexandra Brierley, Head of Creative Learning, Southbank Centre
      Bobbie-Jane Gardner, Composer and educator
      Catherine Arlidge, Artistic and Educational Director, National Children's Orchestra / Violinist, CBSO
      Jamie Munn, Chief Executive, Nevis Ensemble
      Leslie Kwan, Harpsichordist / Trustee, ABO