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 will work in collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) to bring the project to the UK. This time our project leaders will be working with young refugee and migrant mothers in the community and fathers in prison.

The Lullaby Project invites participants to work with professional musicians to write a personal lullaby for their babies. 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.

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.

Performance Dates:

There will be musical sharings of the lullabies created with young refugee and migrant mothers at Praxis on 20th June at 1:30-2pm, and 4th July at 2- 2:30pm.

There will also be a prison performance on 19th July (full details to be confirmed; for more information/ to sign up, email

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

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