“They have experienced something incredible…” In July we were delighted that our Arts Council England supported Lullaby Project in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ‘Resound’ could finally return to physical delivery (after two projects adapted for online delivery during lockdown); also our first in-person intensive project in a prison since the pandemic began.
We had amazing support from all the prison staff. The project resulted in eight beautiful songs written with the men about their children to share, with Nick Hayes (who does an absolutely incredible job composing/orchestrating the pieces) joining the team via Zoom to advise during the process of rehearsing and recording. Listen to the finished songs below.
The prison Governor visited the rehearsals with the men and said: “I have experienced this kind of intervention with offenders many times over the years. I’ve always found when you go away, there are people left here in cells who will be better for it. They have experienced something incredible. Generally, prisoners are nice people of normal IQ who’ve come through hard times and truly appreciate talented professionals such as yourselves giving them encouragement, hope and something different. Most prisoners have a lack of self-esteem, lack of ambition and don’t even realise how isolated they’ve become, and this interaction with such talented people allows them to experience a sense of release, normality and frequently sparks off an element of positivity which they’ve not experienced in life. The value of them meeting with talented, non-judgmental influences is inestimable and the prison management has a real debt of thanks to you.”
LULLABY PROJECT WITH DADS IN PRISON
Irene Taylor Trust: Sara Lee, Rob Willson
RPO Resound: Sali-Wyn Ryan, Chantal Louise Webster
Annie Gill – Voice
Sali-Wyn Ryan – Violin
Jo Marsh – Flute
Martin Owens – Percussion
Rob Willson – Trumpet
Chantal Louise Webster – Cello
Joshua Nathanael Cirtina – Bass Trombone
Orchestrated by Nick Hayes
Recorded by Emma Williams
ITT – Jake Tily
RPO – Martha Earley
Cover art by Keir Cooper
PROJECT SUPPORTED BY
The Kestrelman Trust
The Radcliffe Trust
Suffolk Community Foundation
You can find out more about the Lullaby Project and listen to music from previous projects here.
Last summer, participants from the earlier London Lullaby Projects, including dads from our Sounding Out programme for former prisoners, were interviewed by Lucy Drever for the BBC Proms At Home series, which you can watch below.