The Lullaby Project was featured on BBC 5 Live on Thursday 18th February, with contributions from ITT Artistic Director Sara Lee, a musician from project partner the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and one of the mums to recently take part. You can catch up for the next 29 days at BBC Sounds (segment starts approx. 2 hours 42 mins): 5 Live Drive – 18/02/2021 – BBC Sounds
ITT and the RPO are part-way through bringing the Lullaby Project to three regions of the UK, supported by Arts Council England and local funders. After a successful start to the programme in London in early 2020, Covid-19 brought an unscheduled pause, before we found ways to continue with the project online in November and December, working with young mums at risk of homelessness at YMCA Trinity in Ipwich. Song-writing sessions with the mums took pla ce over Zoom; later they were able to watch a live stream of the musicians playing the lullabies, with a chance to make changes before the final recording session. You can hear the final results below:
This is in contrast to the ‘usual’ in-person delivery of the project, which gives the parents the opportunity to be part of the live performances, with their children in the audience. For the London projects pre-covid, migrant and refugee mums from Praxis Community Projects presented their songs in Bethnal Green, and mums and dads with experience of the criminal justice system from Clean Break and Sounding Out performed at Rich Mix.
In the summer, participants from the London projects were interviewed by Lucy Drever for the BBC Proms At Home series, which you can watch below:
Listen to more of the lullabies created on the projects here.
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