Special Projects



bridges2016 – a special new piece to celebrate 21 years of the Irene Taylor Trust in collaboration with Mark-Anthony Turnage and participants from Music in Prisons, Sounding Out and Making Tracks

2016 – a full-scale collaboration with Synergy Theatre to produce Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun with an original live score at HMP Thameside.


The Last Post

2014 – bringing together adult male prisoners to mark the centenary of WW1 through creating a new version of ‘The Last Post’

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

2013, 2014, 2015 – Artistic Director Sara Lee and Project Leader Nick Hayes were invited to share our expertise of working in prisons with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

2013 – a collaboration with the lads at HMPYOI Werrington to make a film exploring their offending journeys

2012 – brought together young pTwo Sidesrisoners with family members to consider from both sides of the bars how their lives have been affected by imprisonment through music and spoken words pieces.

Beyond This2012 – part of the New Music 20×12 programme, a specially written piece for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, adding prisoners voices to the celebrations, guided by acclaimed composer Mark-Anthony Turnage

A Bigger Sound

 2011 – a special collaborative project with Rideout (Creative Arts for Rehabilitation) and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – to create a new music/drama piece over 5 weeks with male prisoners


2010 – a project to create colourful and engaging information packs to help young people through their first night at HMPYOI New Hall and HMPYOI Werrington

Fallout2009 – a full-scale collaborative production with Synergy Theatre Project  of the play Fallout at HMP Brixton, featuring a live original score.

Inside Out

2008 – a project using photography and listening benches to bring the work of prisoners (made in 4 projects at HMPs Holloway and Wandsworth) out to a public platform with an exhibition at the Royal Festival Hall

 A picture of me2006 – a project to create a beautiful song-book with and for women prisoners, honestly exploring the issues faced by women in custody through songs, spoken pieces, photography and art


2003 – a project to help women on the inside to connect with their children on the outside by creating a series of songs with them in mind.


More special projects coming soon!