Tickets on sale now for #ITTturns21 gig at Union Chapel

SOUNDING OUT ©LizzieCoombes


We’re celebrating turning 21 in style with an exciting and eclectic mix of live music at one of the most beautiful venues in London, the magnificent Union Chapel.



Some very special friends have come on board to mark the occasion, including Mercury Prize winner Speech Debelle, the swoonsome Chaps Choir, musicians from the Royal Academy of Music. The evening will link our work in prisons (Music in Prisons) and the community (Sounding Out and Making Tracks). The very dashing Tim Dowling will compere the evening.

1.SOUNDING OUT ©LizzieCoombes - 049The centrepiece of the celebration is a new piece of music and film, Bridges; the music was created by participants from Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks in collaboration with contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage; the accompanying film by artist Lizzie Coombes and filmmaker Andy Wood captures the three groups during the creative process.

Mark-Anthony Turnage has also re-orchestrated Bridges for a world exclusive one-off live performance by an ensemble of Royal Academy of Music musicians that is not to be missed.

_MG_9034Award winning British Hip Hop artist Speech Debelle will perform a short set of her own material as well as collaborating on a track with young people from the Making Tracks programme.

The first band to emerge from the Sounding Out programme, Platform 7, will make a triumphant live return following their sell out show at Bush Hall in 2014.

Chaps Choir Fresh from a summer on the festival circuit, Chaps Choir will bring some of the original songs from Music in Prisons projects to life in barnstorming fashion, with soloists from the Sounding Out ex-prisoner programme.

Tim Dowling knows all about our work, having written about the first group on our Sounding Out programme in the Guardian (read here) as they formed the band Platform 7, and later played alongside them with his band Police Dog Hogan at Bush Hall in 2014 – so who better to compere the evening?

“What I took from your course was a large cup of hope, some restoration of self-belief, an injection of confidence, and I feel immense pride. Feelings of which have been absent for some time…” Music in Prisons Participant

This is guaranteed to be an inspiring and uplifting evening celebrating the transformative power of music in its many and various forms – book now!


Tickets are £15 (£12 for concessions) plus booking fee – available now here.

Supported by

This celebration performance has been made possible due to the kind support of:

Celebrating 21 Years of Music in Prisons & Beyond: with Speech Debelle, Chaps Choir & Special Guests is supported by Arts Council England, Cockayne Grants for the Arts via the London Community Foundation, and the Radcliffe Trust

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