Celebrating 21 years of the Irene Taylor Trust

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Celebrating 21 years of the Irene Taylor Trust

In November 2015 we reached an important milestone – our twentieth birthday – and we decided to undertake an array of special activities to celebrate our twenty-first ‘coming of age’ year, culminating in a big Celebration Performance in November 2016 when we turned 21.

Our 21st year celebration events and special projects included:

  • Collaborative prison-based projects with the Human Revolution Orchestra, Clean Break and  Synergy Theatre Project
  • A very special fundraising classical music concert at the Temple Church with Maxim Vengerov (4th Feb 2016)
  • An awareness raising breakfast event supported by PriceWaterhouseCoopers at Brigade, with the opportunity to meet our project participants and hear about their experiences
  • We had a celebratory Listening Post at the beautiful and inspiring Koestler Trust exhibition ‘We Are All Human’ at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in autumn 2016
  • Pianist Stephen Hough donated his fee to Music in Prisons for playing at the Hampstead Arts Festival
  • An artistic collaboration with contemporary composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, artist/photographer Lizzie Coombes and participants across all three of our programmes; Making Tracks, Music in Prisons and Sounding Out
  • An exhibition, Bridges, celebrated our three programmes, including listening-posts to hear the music created on the projects at Free Word Centre in Farringdon,  4th November 2016 – 30th January 2017
  • On social media celebrated our 21 favourite original tracks created on our projects over the last 21 years
  • Finally 21st Year Celebration Show featured original live music from our participants, the unveiling of our Mark-Anthony Turnage collaboration, and some very special guests including Speech Debelle, Chaps Choir, Royal Academy of Music musicians, Making Tracks, Platform 7 and Tim Dowling, at the Union Chapel on Tuesday 22nd November 2016


Est. 1995

We’ve come a very long way since the Trust’s humble beginnings, originally operating from Artistic Director Sara’s living room and running just three prison projects in the first year. We want to use our twenty-first year to raise awareness about the work we’ve been doing since 1995 and to increase our supporter base, in order to allow us to continue to grow and flourish in future years.

ITT special 21st year celebration and annual report 2014-15The story so far….

You can find out about how our work has developed and about all the exciting projects we’ve delivered over the years in our special 21st Year Report

Future plans

We have some exciting and ambitious ideas about how we would like to expand our work in the future. If you’re interested in helping us to achieve these plans and would like to discuss specific areas of interest for bespoke support, please contact ruth@irenetaylortrust.com

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