Kate Whitley (b. 1989) is composer and pianist based in South London. She runs The Multi-Story Orchestra with Christopher Stark, which is based in a car park in Peckham as part of Bold Tendencies. She won a 2014 Borletti- Buitoni Trust Special Award and a 2013 Sky Academy Futures Fund Bursary. Her 2014 piece Alive to words by Holly McNish won a British Composers Award and was described as ‘a remarkable feat, with a genuine emotional gravity’ (The Telegraph). She has been hailed as a ‘remarkable and innovative young musician’ (Seen and Heard International), and her music described as ‘uniquely sensitive’ (Bachtrack) and ‘powerfully moving’ (Edinburgh Fringe Review). She was 2013 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company and 2015 New Music Programmer at Kettles Yard Art Gallery. Her music for Flight by choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon for Rambert toured the UK in 2016. Her opera Paws and Padlocks with librettist Sabrina Mahfouz was commissioned by Blackheath Opera for their community opera programme and is about two children who get trapped in a zoo overnight. Her piece Speak out, using words taken from Malala Yousafzai’s 2013 UN speech, was commissioned by the BBC for International Women’s Day 2017.