The Lullaby Project

Building on three years of experience in co-delivering the Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), in the summer of 2017 the Irene Taylor Trust worked in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) to bring the project to the UK. Over the course of two months, our project leaders worked with young refugee and migrant mothers in the WINGS group at Praxis Community Projects and fathers in prison at HMP Wandsworth.

The Lullaby Project invites participants to work with professional musicians to write a personal lullaby for their children. The aim of the project is the strengthen the bond between parent and child through a creative arts activity. The project can also be a way for parents to explore and express their emotions in a safe, non-judgmental environment.

Listen to the tracks recorded with the WINGS group at Praxis Community Projects here:

The Irene Taylor Trust has worked with parents on many occasions over the years. In 2015 & 16 we successfully co-delivered Lullaby Projects with teen parents in Chicago. Other projects focusing on parenthood have included: ‘Beyond the Secret Door’ (British Composers Award winner 2003), a children’s songbook written by women in prison; ‘Two Sides’ in HMYOI Werrington (2012) which brought together young men with their families; and ‘I See You, I See Me’ (2005), a collection of songs exploring how men in prison felt about fatherhood.

We have also previously collaborated with RPO, on ‘A Bigger Sound’ , an exciting and ambitious cross-arts collaboration with adult men at HMP The Mount.

This project was funded by Arts Council England, Swan Mountain Foundation and The Lucille Graham Trust.

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